GRAINS-Soy climbs to one-week high on wave of U.S. export deals
* Export demand supports soy, USDA confirms more sales
* Corn slips on forecasts for record-large U.S. crop
* Market turning focus to USDA crop report due Friday (Recasts throughout; updates prices, adds quote, changes byline, dateline, previous LONDON)
By Karl Plume
CHICAGO, Aug 8 (Reuters) - U.S. soybean futures climbed to a one-week peak on Monday on strong export demand and drier-than-expected Midwest weather over the weekend, but forecasts for a bumper U.S. harvest this autumn limited gains.
Corn futures weakened on expectations for a record-large U.S. crop this fall. Wheat prices were narrowly mixed.
Some traders were squaring their positions in grain markets ahead of a monthly U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop report due on Friday. The government is broadly expected to increase its U.S. corn and soy production forecasts.
"We had some short covering in the overnight session and this morning, but we've given a lot of it back," said Karl Setzer, analyst with MaxYield Cooperative.
"People are squaring positions ahead of the report on Friday. Everybody is expecting higher yields on corn and soybeans, but the question is just how much bigger," he said. Continuación...