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China In-Country Analysis

Macro Trends U.S. Ag Exports to China Fall to Ten-Year Low The USDA-GATS October export data, which covers monthly figures through August 2018, underscores the deep impact of the U.S.-China trade conflict. It shows that just 345,300.4 MT of U.S. agricultural products were shipped to the Middle Kingdom in August, the lowest figure for that month since 2006 when the total was 337,201.2 MT. On a monthly basis, it was the worst since a paltry 287,242 MT were shipped in September 2006. The difference between 2006 and now, however, is the average price (USD/MT). With soybean exports to China falling to their lowest level for the month of August in three years, higher value commodities (e.g., wine, almonds, pork and other food products) are maki...

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feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

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Statistics Canada released its initial estimates, which are based on surveys conducted last month, of planted area for 2019. Much like the U.S., they show a decline in oilseed plantings and an increase for grains. With the de facto Chinese embargo on Canadian canola weighing heavily on prices,...

wheat feed-grains soy-oilseeds

Black Sea Regional Analysis

Russian Grain Markets: 15-19 April 2019 While grain prices on the domestic market mostly dropped in RUB expression, they grew slightly in USD expression due to the strengthening of the ruble. Meanwhile, the average milling wheat sea export price fell to $222/MT FOB Black Sea, and purchase price...

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Summary of Futures

May 19 Corn closed at $3.4675/bushel, down $0.045 from yesterday's close.  Jul 19 Wheat closed at $4.385/bushel, down $0.065 from yesterday's close.  May 19 Soybeans closed at $8.5525/bushel, down $0.0675 from yesterday's close.  May 19 Soymeal closed at $300.4/short ton, down $0...

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