April 03, 2017 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 289

Modest Buying in the Overnight Session for Grains

Friday's USDA Report Confirmed Increase in Soybeans

Modest Buying in the Overnight Session for Grains

The week started with grains finding modest buying in the overnight session. Outside markets were also relatively muted going into the Morning trade session.

Friday’s USDA report confirmed a 6 million acre increase in soybean plantings as well as a 4 million acre drop in corn and wheat plantings.  Meanwhile, quarterly stocks for all three grains came in higher than expected with corn being of importance as a measure of feed use. The higher than trade expected stocks number implies USDA’s 8% increase in corn feed use will likely need to be ratcheted lower.

Argentina harvest was slowed over the weekend on heavy rains and more unwanted rains will return next weekend, keeping harvest limited. Brazil has had dry weather of late to help speed along soy harvest, but rains are likely in the 6-10 day forecast which should benefit the 2nd season corn crop.

In international deals, Iraq got little interest in their “installment plan” in paying for wheat purchases, so they pulled a tender on 50,000 MT. A South Korea feed group bought 125,000 MT of feed wheat from optional origin sources.

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March 31, 2017 | Kevin McNew | Views: 608
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Weekly Cash Comments

Weekly Cash Commentary for week ending 03/31/2017

Weekly Cash Comments

Grain basis inched higher this week for both corn and soybeans with 1-cent advances on average across US buyers.


The backdrop of weakness in futures and looming uncertainty around the end-of-week USDA report kept most people holding tight. Farmers still seem to hold a lot of cash corn and a high percentage of it unpriced. In corn, ethanol plants had bit of upside this week gaining 1.7 cents on average across 142 plants. The Western Cornbelt has seen some decent gains in spot basis over the past few weeks. ADM Columbus has boosted its basis by 15 cents a bushel in the past two weeks and a limited number of other buyers in the WCB seem to be showing a similar appetite to attract more grain.


For soy crush plants, average basis across 47 plants was up 1.6 cents a bushel, slightly better than the US average change. A few plants in the ECB did boost basis by a dime, but the vast majority were flat and continue to have weak basis as compared to historical norms for this time of year.


River terminals for both corn and soybeans posted average gains of 1 cent on the week. However, considering a decline in Gulf basis of 5 and 3 cents for corn and soybean basis, respectively, it was fairly remarkable that interior basis was able to hold up along river markets.


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March 31, 2017 | Grain Hedge Insights | Kevin McNew | Views: 380

Today’s Crop Report will Provide the First Guidance on 2017 Supplies

Grains showing modest gains going into today's crop report

Grains were showing modest gains going into today’s big crop report.


Yesterday after the close, Brazilian analyst Agroconsult pegged the soy crop there at 113 MMT versus a previous forecast of 111 MMT and well above USDA which was at 108 MMT. Their latest forecast was based on a crop tour which suggested record yields in many growing regions. For corn, they kept their forecast at 95 MMT also above USDA at 91.5 MMT.


Rains continue to look plentiful for the Southern Plains, benefitting the HRW crop. Heading into April, weather forecasts point to plentiful rains in the Midwest, with some cold temps possible in the 2nd week of the month. The most likely scenario seems to point to high rainfall throughout most of the region, with the main risk being excessive wetness that could slow the planting pace.

Today’s crop report will provide the first guidance on 2017 supplies as USDA releases its farmer-based survey on planting intentions. Traders expect 3 million fewer acres of corn, 5 million more acres of soybeans and 4 million less acres of wheat. Corn stocks will also be closely followed for indications on feed use for Q2.


Watch Thursday’s GrainTV for our perspective on the report

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March 30, 2017 | Kevin McNew | Views: 279
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Grain Prices Continue their Stalemate

Weekly Export Sales Reported this Morning were Strong for Wheat

One day to go until USDA’s crop reports that are expected to breath new life in the markets. In the meantime, grain prices continue to be in a stalemate with a modest downward bias.


USDA reported the sale of 165,000 MT of soybeans to China


Overnight China’s corn futures fell for a 2nd day in a row fueled by talk that the state may release grain from its huge stockpiles earlier than planned and at a lower price.


Weekend rains in Argentina are expected to slow the corn and soy harvest there with some flooding in the Western areas. Lighter rains are expected there next week, but widespread issues to disrupt the harvest or cause yield losses are not expected. Brazil continues to see a dry spell helping move along soy harvest and timely rains are expected mid next week to aid the 2nd season safrinha crop.

Looking ahead to Friday’s Quarterly Stocks report, all eyes will be on corn stocks which are pegged to be 8.53 billion bushels with a wide range of estimates from 8.2-8.9. Implied corn feed use from this report will be widely watched and based on expectations for stocks, this would put feed use for Quarter 2 at 8% over the previous year’s mark. That would be a sharp jump from Q1 which was up 3.6% for the year. Keep in mind USDA has penciled in an 8.4% increase in feed use for the entire marketing year, so the bar is set high for the remainder of the year.


Weekly export sales reported by USDA this morning were strong for wheat and soybeans, but disappointing for corn.


Export Sales-




Wheat - OC



Wheat - NC



Corn - OC



Corn - NC










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March 29, 2017 | Kevin McNew | Views: 332
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Trade Action Proves to be Listless Leading up to Friday’s Crop Report

US Dollar and Crude Oil Turns Higher

The recovery in ag grains entered Day 2 with little upside enthusiasm. In outside markets, US dollar crude oil and equities turning higher.


The weather forecasts proved true in the S Plains as 1.5 to 3.0 inches of rain rolled across the region yesterday and will finish up today. Another system is expected starting this weekend and extending into next week to bring more rains. Two additional slow-moving low systems are expected to come out of the southern Rockies and into the southern Plains and Midwest. These storm systems should have ample rainfall totals across core winter wheat and spring crop regions of the southern Plains & the Midwest into mid-April. Many of these areas are in need of precipitation, so this active pattern should benefit wheat as well as soils ahead of corn and soybean plantings.


The trade action in grains will likely be listless leading up to Friday’s crop report. polls are out on expectations for the March 31 planting report. On average, analysts look for corn acres of 90.9 million vs 94.0 last year and soy plantings of 88.2 as compared to 83.4 in 2016. All wheat acres in the US are expected to slip to 46.1 from 50.2 last year.

Oil World on Tuesday pegged Brazil’s soybean crop at 108.5 MMT of production and at least 61.4 MMT of soybean exports during 2017. These are slightly higher than USDA figures of 108.0 and 61.0, respectively.


Data on US crude oil inventories from government forecaster EIA will be widely watched this morning at 9:30 CDT. Analysts expect crude stocks to grow by 1.36 million barrels on the week. Last week, stocks ballooned 4.95 million barrels. API data from yesterday showed a 1.9 million barrel increase in stocks.


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March 28, 2017 | Kevin McNew | Views: 342

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