Can the market stop its slide in Tuesday’s trade session?
In the overnight session the grains seemed to find some footing with corn up a penny, soybeans up 10 1/4 cents and wheat in Chicago up 4 1/2 cents. The U.S. dollar is trading nearly 1/2 a percent higher and crude oil is up 11 cents. A reportable sale of 120,000 metric tons of sorghum for delivery to China was announced this morning. The sale was split between old and new crop delivery.
Crop conditions were released after the market closed yesterday and showed that corn conditions increased 1 percent in the good-to-excellent category to 70 percent. The market was expecting to see conditions mostly unchanged on the week. Soybean conditions were left unchanged at 62 percent good-to-excellent which missed expectations of a 1 percent increase this week. Spring wheat conditions also improved a percentage point this week to 71 percent rated good-to-excellent.
Weather is expected to continue cooperating for the majority of the grain belt with temperatures remaining cooler than normal in the second half of the week with showers throughout the Midwest. The Euro weather model is beginning to show some drier southern Midwest conditions expected to develop in the 6-10 day forecast which we will want to monitor in the days to come.
The export inspections report showed that all the grains saw a decline in grain inspections. Corn fell from 1,161,000 metric tons to 1,108,000 MT this year. Soybeans fell from 306,000 to 120,000 metric tons and wheat fell from 489,000 metric tons to 439,000 MT.
Can the grains recover following a sharply lower open this morning?
In the overnight session the grains traded sharply lower with corn down 10 1/2 cents this morning, soybeans down 13 cents this morning and wheat down 5 1/2 cents this morning for the December contracts. The U.S. Dollar is trading over 1/2 a percent lower and crude oil is also lower, losing 80 cents this morning.
December corn gapped lower this morning opening at $3.99 after closing on Friday at $4.02. It will be important to pay close attention to the close of today’s session since there are many levels of support that cross at $3.98 including the 62 percent retracement, the 100 day moving average and a trend. A rebound this morning with a close above $3.98 could signal a short term bottom in prices.
The crop progress report will be released at 3 PM CST tonight and will be followed closely by traders. Expectations are for corn and soybeans to be mostly unchanged to 1-2 points higher. Last week corn was rated around 69 percent rated good-to-excellent and soybeans around 62 percent rated good-to-excellent.
On Friday the Canadian Wheat board tour forecast a significant year over year decline in yields for Canadian crops. The tours forecast pegs Canada’s spring wheat yield at 38.9 bushels per acre compared to 45.7 bushels per acre last year. Durum yield is forecast to be around 27.8 bushels per acre vs 40.9 bushels per acre last year and Canola yield is pegged at 29.3 bushels per acre compared to 34.4 bushels per acre last year.
This morning Jordan’s state grain buyer issued a couple tenders this morning for 70,000 metric tons of corn and another tender to purchase 100,000 metric tons of wheat.
The grains continued lower on Friday morning as the weather outlook continues to favor good growing conditions.
In the overnight session the grains traded lower with corn down 5 cents, soybeans down 7 cents and wheat down 5 cents. The U.S. dollar is higher by nearly ½ a percent and crude oil is 33 cents higher this morning. For Soybeans, the 50 percent retracement of the sharp rally in November soybeans sits at $9.70 ½ which is just 4 cents lower than where soybeans is trading this morning. The 50 percent retracement of the Corn rally is at $4.08 ¼ which was touched during yesterday's trade. This morning Corn trades at around $4.09 ½ cents.
This morning a few reportable sales were announced including a 220,000 metric ton sale of Soybeans to China for new crop delivery. This is the fourth consecutive day of reportable new crop soybean sales. Exporters also sold 231,000 metric tons of corn to Mexico, most of which was for 15/16 delivery and 104,350 metric tons of wheat to Taiwan for 15/16 delivery. In this morning's string of export sales another 116,000 metric tons of Sorghum was sold to unknown destinations split between old crop and new crop delivery.
Weather continues to look positive for crop development this morning with some showers passing through North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota this morning and providing moisture to Nebraska and Iowa on Saturday. The 6-10 day outlook looks to bring more precipitation to the grain belt after a week of drier conditions. Early next week temperatures could reach mid 90's in the southwest but should be mostly high 80's throughout the majority of the grain belt.
A recent crop forecast from Bueno's Aires projects a slight decline in planted wheat acreage throughout Argentina. The report lowered its planted area estimate from 5 million hectares to 4.8 million hectares for the 15/16 growing season. The ministry also lowered its 14/15 soybean production estimates from 61 million metric tons to 60.8 million metric tons. The revisions were a result of dryness throughout parts of the country.
Wheat export sales were stronger than expected this morning giving wheat a reason to end its 8 day price decline.
In the overnight session the grains moved slightly higher with wheat showing the largest rebound, up 5 ¾ cents. Corn is trading unchanged this morning and soybeans is up ¾ of a cent. The U.S. dollar is moving nearly 1/3 of a percent lower and crude oil is up 12 cents per barrel.
Export sales were mostly on the low side of analyst expectations except for wheat which booked 502,800 metric tons this week. Wheat sales were up 73 percent on the week and beat analyst expectations which ranged from 200,000 to 400,000 metric tons. Old crop corn sales recorded 223,400 metric tons which was down 33 percent from the previous week missing analyst expectations which ranged from 250,000 to 450,000 metric tons. Old crop soybeans recorded positive sales this week, adding 80,800 metric tons to the books. Analyst were expecting between 0-150,000 metric tons booked this week.
New crop corn and soybean sales were on the low side of analyst expectations with corn only booking 311,400 metric tons and soybeans booking 241,800 metric tons. As of last week new crop corn and soybeans had booked just over half the sales we typically see during this time of the year. The strong dollar and sharp rally in the grains recently has slowed new crop export demand considerably.
Ethanol production fell 11,000 barrels per day this week to 973,000 BPD. Despite the weekly decline ethanol production continues to 4.6 percent ahead of last year’s pace. This week’s ethanol production was 14,000 barrels per day ahead of last year during the same week, and 101,000 barrels per day ahead of the four year average. Ethanol stocks also declined this week, falling 181,000 barrels to 19.56 million barrels.
Will the weather over the next 10 days help overall crop development?
In the overnight session the grains traded lower again with corn down 5 ¼ cents, soybeans down 3 cents and wheat down 8 cents. The U.S. dollar is up 1/5th of a percent and crude oil 66 cents lower. Corn is trading just above the 50 percent retracement level at $4.09 from the rally that started June 16th and recently peaked at 4.54 ¼ cents on July 14th. November soybeans is trading around the $10 level with a mild support level around $9.92.
The grains are moving lower this morning with the forecast showing a positive outlook for crop development over the next 10 days. The eastern Midwest which has been getting hit with excessive moisture in the early part of the growing season is expected to receive only limited showers, while the outlook in Iowa and Nebraska is for the weather to turn wetter for the next 10 days. Heat events are expected to be limited with only a few mild events expected over the weekend and early next week. Canada is also expected to receive beneficial rains for their wheat and canola crop.
This morning there was some export activity with NASS reporting 120,000 metric tons of U.S soybeans to be sold to china for new crop delivery. A tender was also issued this morning by South Korea’s corn processing industry association for 55,000 metric tons of corn from either the U.S, Brazil or Argentina. The corn is to be delivered in November and the tender closes on Wednesday.
In the overnight session the grains traded lower with corn down 5 1/4 cents, soybeans down 8 3/4 cents and wheat down 5 1/4 cents. The U.S. dollar is trading .21 percent higher and crude oil is down nearly a dollar on news that China’s factory activity contracted the most in two years.
In the overnight session the grains traded mixed with corn up 1 3/4 cents, soybeans down 2 cents and wheat up 5 3/4 cents. Crude oil is trading down 69 cents and the U.S. Dollar has shed nearly 1 percentage point. Soybeans have struggled over the last two days to rise above the 100 day...
In the overnight session the grains traded higher with corn up 3 3/4 cents, soybeans up 10 1/4 cents and wheat up 5 1/2 cents this morning. The U.S. dollar is up nearly 1/2 a percent and crude oil is 29 cents higher. A reportable sale of 140,000 metric tons of old crop soybeans was...