GRAINS-Corn stays weak on friendly weather; wheat, soybeans tick higher

    * Swift planting, rainfall boost U.S. corn harvest outlook
    * Corn underpinned by China demand, Brazil yield losses
    * Wheat steadies after 1-month low
    * Soybeans stabilise after 3-week low
    * Market weighs wheat crop weather, volatile veg oil prices

 (Updates with European trading, changes byline/dateline)
    By Gus Trompiz and Naveen Thukral
    PARIS/SINGAPORE, May 25 (Reuters) - Chicago corn prices
edged lower for a third straight day on Tuesday as favourable
U.S. growing conditions offset recent support from Chinese
demand and drought in Brazilian corn belts.
    Soybeans ticked up, steadying after a five-session fall,
with support from a rebound in vegetable oil prices.
    Wheat also recovered slightly after hitting a one-month low
on Monday, as a decline in U.S. winter wheat crop ratings
tempered optimism about the benefit of recent rainfall in the
U.S. Plains.  
    The most-active corn contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade
(CBOT) was down 0.2% at $6.56 a bushel by 1210 GMT.
    In a weekly update issued after Monday's market close, the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said farmers had planted
90% of intended corn acres as of Sunday, above the five-year
average of 80% and just below an average estimate of 91% in a
pre-report Reuters poll.
    "The figures on U.S. planting progress continue to leave
little room for doubt and are pressuring prices today," a
European trader said.
    Brisk planting, coupled with regular rain in the U.S.
Midwest, has taken attention away from global supply tensions,
although cool spring temperatures have raised some question
    Higher than expected USDA supply projections for 2021/22
earlier this month and steps by China to rein in prices of
commodities including corn have also curbed futures after
multi-year peaks.
    But some analysts see limited downside for grain prices.
    "We think the underlying supply-and-demand fundamentals are
still tightening. We are more likely to see strong rallies over
the next few months, rather than large drop in prices," said Ole
Houe, director of advisory services at brokerage IKON
Commodities in Sydney.
    CBOT soybeans were up 0.9% at $15.36 a bushel, after
touching their lowest since April 30 on Monday.
    A 3.5% rebound in palm oil futures supported soybeans as
tight edible oil supply remained a focus of oilseed markets.

    U.S. soybean planting remained ahead of the average pace of
recent years, although was a touch below analyst expectations,
the USDA data showed.
    CBOT wheat was up 0.5% at $6.65-3/4 a bushel, having
hit its weakest since April 20 in the last session.
 Prices at 1210 GMT                                                  
                               Last  Change     Pct      End  Ytd Pct
                                               Move     2020     Move
  CBOT wheat                 665.75    3.50    0.53   640.50     3.94
  CBOT corn                  656.00   -1.25   -0.19   484.00    35.54
  CBOT soy                  1536.00   13.25    0.87  1311.00    17.16
  Paris wheat Sep            209.50    1.25    0.60   192.50     8.83
  Paris maize Jun            255.00    0.75    0.29   198.75    28.30
  Paris rape Aug             518.00    5.00    0.97   393.00    31.81
  WTI crude oil               65.82   -0.23   -0.35    48.52    35.66
  Euro/dlr                     1.23    0.00    0.37   1.2100     1.32
 Most active contracts - Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel, Paris
 futures in euros per tonne
 (Reporting by Gus Trompiz in Paris and Naveen Thukral in
Singapore, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips and Emelia