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Black Sea Miracle

The return of the Black Sea region as the breadbasket of the world is really a story about productivity gain. Over a decade (2008 to 2017), both China and Indonesia increased their total crop output by around 25 percent, but they did this in part by expanding their cropped areas by 10.7 percent and 19.3 percent, respectively. By contrast, Ukraine increased its output by 48 percent with a less than one percent expansion in area, and Russia boosted its output by 26 percent while shrinking its cropland footprint by a small fraction.  Canada is another standout story, having boosted output by 22.5 percent while reducing land use by almost one percent. Canada and the Black Sea may also have benefited the most from the atmospheric warming o...

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Wheat: Net sales of 414,300 metric tons (MT) were reported for delivery in marketing year 2020/2021.   Corn: Net sales of 361,100 MT for 2019/2020 were down 22 percent from the previous week and 32 percent from the prior 4-week average.   Soybeans: Net sales of 241,700 MT fo...

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It was a quiet session (December corn contract volume was down 55 percent from the five-day average) in an early close before a long weekend as some profit was taken off the table, but there are still things to talk about.  Economists polled by Reuters ahead of today’s U.S. jobs rep...

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Livestock Round Up

The Livestock and Meat trade data will be released Monday after the holiday weekend; it will likely show exports way down in May reflecting the COVID-19 impact on slaughter and offsetting the high profile gains made in April, especially in pork shipments to China. With the COVID shutdown in pla...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Export Sales

Wheat: Net sales of 414,300 metric tons (MT) were reported for delivery in marketing year 2020/2021.   Corn: Net sales of 361,100 MT for 2019/2020 were down 22 percent from the previous week and 32 percent from the prior 4-week average.   Soybeans: Net sales of 241,700 MT fo...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

It was a quiet session (December corn contract volume was down 55 percent from the five-day average) in an early close before a long weekend as some profit was taken off the table, but there are still things to talk about.  Economists polled by Reuters ahead of today’s U.S. jobs rep...

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Summary of Futures

Sep 20 Corn closed at $3.435/bushel, down $0.07 from yesterday's close.  Sep 20 Wheat closed at $4.92/bushel, down $0.0675 from yesterday's close.  Nov 20 Soybeans closed at $8.9675/bushel, down $0.0225 from yesterday's close.  Dec 20 Soymeal closed at $304.2/short ton, down $0.4...

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Infrastructure investment due diligence

On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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