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Black Sea Regional Analysis

Russian Federation blocking Kerch Strait: Impacts on Foreign Trade, Political and Economic Outlook After 10 days of Russian blockage of the Kerch Strait in the Azov Sea, Ukraine announced on 4 December that it had resumed grain shipments, marking the end of the military standoff. On 25 November, Russia had deliberately blocked the strait to prevent the peaceful passage of a Ukrainian Armed Forces naval group.It had claimed early in the incident that the ships were stranded, which Ukrainian Navy Commander Ihor Voronchenko denied. The Ukrainian Navy command said that Russian border ships carried out openly aggressive actions against two Ukrainian small-armored artillery boats, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, and the Yana Kapu tugboat. According t...

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Corn and soybean markets were just slightly firmer overnight with wheat slightly lower following yesterday’s fund-related sell-off. Today then saw corn and soybeans trading slightly lower with wheat getting hit fairly hard most of the morning. Wheat is again in a very weak technical posit...

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Summary of Futures

Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.7475/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.0425/bushel, down $0.0275 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soybeans closed at $9.075/bushel, up $0.04 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soymeal closed at $306.5/short ton, up $1 from yeste...

China Naysayers; Liberalization Woke

China Naysayers As Washington and Beijing work toward completing a trade deal, it is clear that not all the U.S. objectives will be accomplished to the satisfaction of critics. However, indications are that it will involve more than just the eye candy of some guaranteed product sales. Given Pre...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Corn and soybean markets were just slightly firmer overnight with wheat slightly lower following yesterday’s fund-related sell-off. Today then saw corn and soybeans trading slightly lower with wheat getting hit fairly hard most of the morning. Wheat is again in a very weak technical posit...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.7475/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.0425/bushel, down $0.0275 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soybeans closed at $9.075/bushel, up $0.04 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soymeal closed at $306.5/short ton, up $1 from yeste...

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More Things to Keep You Up at Night

Thursday’s weekly USDA export sales report, which contained small totals for corn, wheat and soybeans along with sales cancellations of the latter to China, sent the markets reeling lower after its release. The initial weakness then triggered some significant technical selling, and the ma...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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