July 11, 2017 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 55

Grains Were Lower Overnight

Rains Bringing Relief in parts of Nebraska and Iowa

Grains were lower overnight taking back some of the steep gains posted in Monday’s trade session.

 

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After the close on Monday, USDA’s crop progress report showed a further deterioration in the grain crops. Corn and beans both dropped 2% in their good-to-excellent ratings with corn now at 65% good-to-excellent and soybeans at 63%. The trade had expected only a 1% drop on the week. For spring wheat conditions fell to 35% good to excellent, in-line with expectations and off from 37% previously.

 

Brazil’s CONAB kept their soybean crop estimate for 2016/17 unchanged at 113.9 MMT but bumped up their corn crop estimate to 96 MMT vs 93.83 MMT last month. USDA has Brazil’s soy crop at 114 MMT and their corn crop at 97 MMT.

Rains are bringing some needed relief to parts on NE/IA today. Lingering showers are expected for the rest of the week in the Central and Southeast Midwest. But the driest areas will continue to be SD, ND, parts of MN, IA & NE. Temperatures in NE are expected to soar into the 100s Jul 17th thru 20th.

 

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July 10, 2017 | Kevin McNew | Views: 57
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Grains Climb Higher to Start the Week

Weather Continues to be Hot and Dry for the Plains

Grains climbed higher to start the week fueled by extreme heat in the Western Cornbelt over the weekend.

 

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Weather for this week continues to point to hot and dry for the Plains and Western Cornbelt. Nebraska should see high temperatures over the next two weeks that range from 95 to 103 with no real chance of meaningful moisture over that two week period. However, just to the East in Iowa high temps will be mostly in the mid-80s over the next two weeks with limited precip. Rainfall is expected in the ECB over the next week with IL, IN & OH expected to see accumulations totaling 2 inches over the two-week horizon.

Wednesday brings new data from USDA with their monthly supply and demand estimates. US wheat production is expected to slip to 1.748 billion bushels from the June forecast of 1.824 driven by falling spring wheat production. For corn, analysts expect the US yield to fall to 169.6 vs 170.7 by USDA in June.

 

In international news, Iraq's state grains board has purchased about 50,000 tonnes of wheat from Australia. Egypt's GASC continues to be an aggressive buyer of wheat tendering twice over the last week.


 

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July 07, 2017 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 63

Next Weeks Rain Forecasts should promote Favorable Conditions for Crop Development

Grain Catapulted higher this week

US wheat futures were lower on Friday, retreating further from a two-year high touched earlier in the week, while corn and soybean prices also weakened. The price retreat comes despite further forecasts for hot dry weather in key US wheat-growing regions that have sparked worries about widespread production losses.

 

The most active wheat future (SRW) on the CBOT was down 1.2 percent after closing down 3.8 percent on Thursday. Wheat hit a two-year high earlier in the week of $5.74 ½ a bushel.

 

Exporters sell 143,000 MT of corn for delivery to Mexico, of which 11,000 MT is for 2016/2017 delivery and 132,000 MT for 2017/2018 delivery.

 

Showers Great Lakes/SE OH and TN Valleys/W Plains for the past day; low 90s W Midwest, 90s/low 100s C & NW Plains. Scattered showers in the OH Valley today and N & E Midwest late Sun through Wed (easing dry spots around Great Lakes). Showers next week to be more limited in C IL; dryness also to build in S ND/SD/N. NE/W. IA/SW MN. US spring wheat areas hottest (90s/100s) this weekend and 6-10 day; notable yield loss for at least west two-thirds of belt.

 

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Weekly Export Sales-

 

Actual

Estimated

Wheat - NC

375

300-500

Corn - OC

140

350-550

Corn - NC

74

0-200

Soybeans - OC

365

200-400

Soybeans - NC

73

50-250

 

 

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July 06, 2017 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 476

Wheat Down in Early Morning Trading

Corn also Heading Lower for the first time in five sessions

Wheat Down in Early Morning Trading

Corn traders have been back and forth for a month now on whether the weather forecasts are threatening to the US crop, but potentially damaging hot temperatures have been absent since mid-June. The forecast for the next two weeks is largely devoid of heat but is also lacking rainfall, which is not viewed favorably by the market as many areas of the Corn Belt have had below-normal precip in recent weeks. Most of the US Corn Belt has not dealt with unseasonable heat since the first half of June and notably cooler temps have prevailed ever since. Weather forecasts as of Wednesday call for the continuation of average-to-cooler conditions for the next two weeks; but without abundant rainfall.

 

The situation in the Dakotas is different, though, as farmers there are dealing with a significant drought that has been laced with frequent bouts of extreme heat. And unfortunately, considerable relief may not be on its way anytime soon. Moisture stress focuses on 20-25% of corn; heat mainly limited to Plains. Limited showers and frequent 90s/100s (including yesterday) stress at least ⅔ of N Plains spring wheat in the next two weeks.

 

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USDA is reporting 4.72 MT of US Soybeans were crushed in May; which calculates to 157.25 million bushels. The following is crop progress reporting:

US Corn; 68% good-to-excellent vs 67% a week ago

US Soybean; 64% good-to-excellent vs 66% a week ago

US Spring Wheat; 37% good-to-excellent vs 40% a week ago

US Winter Wheat; 48% good-to-excellent vs 49% a week ago

US Corn; 10% silking vs 4% a week ago

US Spring Wheat; 59% headed vs 36% a week ago

 

The dollar’s bounce stalled on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve’s policy minutes failed to provide a clear picture of futures interest rate increases, although investors were reluctant to add bearish bets before some key US data. Federal Reserve policymakers were increasingly split on the outlook for inflation and how it might affect the future pace of interest rate rises.

 

 

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July 05, 2017 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 256

Corn Higher on Forecasts for Warmer and Drier Weather this Week in the US

Soybeans higher on Technical Buying and Short Covering

Rains in the past 2 days favored S Plains/N Delta; spotty activity C North Dakota into C Minnesota and C & SE Midwest. Showers less than expected in NW Midwest; rains favor Great Lakes/far S Midwest/Delta through Friday. The front now arrives at middle of next week, with N & E Midwest trending wetter; similar placement in 11-15 day. Very low forecast confidence overall right now on Midwest rain placement as models are shifting frequently.

 

Recent weather model runs suggest the first half of July will be drier than normal across the Corn Belt. This is not necessarily ideal, but the concern is mitigated by the fact that temperatures are unlikely to be excessively warm. Either way, the weather forecast is questionable enough to have corn market-watchers on edge.

 

The early feel on CBOT grains and soy seems to be higher based on forecasts for warmer and drier weather in the US Midwest and Plains.

 

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Ships carrying as much as 700,000 tonnes of soybeans are lined up along China’s coast waiting to discharge, traders said, as huge purchases in recent months by the world’s top buyer led to severe congestion and lifted stockpiles to multi-year highs.

The slowdown at the ports and long wait times to clear customs may threaten a recent rally in Chinese soymeal prices and may stir concern about demand from major exporters Brazil and the US.

 

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July 03, 2017 | | Views: 504
July 03, 2017 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 246

Wheat Catapulted Higher in the Overnight

Heat and Dry Weather in the Northern Plains

Wheat catapulted higher overnight bringing soybeans and corn along for the ride.

 

USDA announced the sale of 114,300 MT of corn sold to Mexico of which 22,860 was for 2017/18 and 91,440 is for 2018/19, 120,650 MT of soymeal, to Mexico of which 92,540 MT was for 2017/18 and 28,110 is for 2018/19 and a 140,000 MT sale of wheat to unknown destinations split between hard and soft red wheat for 2017/18 delivery.

 

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Heat and dry conditions in the Northern Plains continue to be the lightening rod for the spring wheat market. Over the weekend, 3-day rain totals showed little to no moisture over much of SD, ND & MT. The 6 to 10 day forecast shows heat continues to be a feature in the Northern Plains and below normal moisture is expected thru all of the Plains and stretching across the Cornbelt to IL. This will become important for corn where the crop will be going into pollination during this time period.

 

On Friday, the European Commission its forecast for 2017 cereal production in the European Union following a June heat wave. The Commission reduced its outlook for common wheat usable production, excluding durum, to around 138.9 MMT, from 141.3 MMT last month.

 

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