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El Niño Sparks Corn Demand

Corn production in Sub-Saharan Africa has been volatile for decades but when technology and investment should have been making it less so, it has instead gotten worse.  This year’s El Niño has helped make a bad situation worse. USAID’s Famine Early Warning System Network identified the problem many months ago when rainfall during December- February, the normally peak precipitation months, was underwhelming. The agency predicted “crisis level” food aid requirements in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, and Madagascar.  South Africa has had to import white corn for the first time since 2017, and Zambia’s corn crop was down by 50 percent and could require 1 MMT in imports. The situation could rev...

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Market Commentary: Corn, Soy Post Turnaround; Hog Selloff Continues; Cattle Shrug Off COF Report

Trade at the CBOT was dynamic and interesting on Monday with early-day weakness sending wheat, corn, and soybeans all to fresh lows while late-day short-covering and buying pulled the latter two markets higher. Soybeans scored double-digit gains for the day while the corn market could only mana...

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WPI Crop Progress and Conditions App (Updated 24 June)

Update for 1 April 2024: Last year, users pointed out differences between the 5-year averages reported in this app and what USDA estimates in its weekly report. The difference exists because WPI calculates average based on the last 5 years of observations for the current week. In cases where ob...

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Summary of Futures

Jul 24 Corn closed at $4.335/bushel, down $0.015 from yesterday's close.  Sep 24 Wheat closed at $5.71/bushel, down $0.0475 from yesterday's close.  Jul 24 Soybeans closed at $11.7525/bushel, up $0.1475 from yesterday's close.  Jul 24 Soymeal closed at $372.8/short ton, up $11 fr...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary: Corn, Soy Post Turnaround; Hog Selloff Continues; Cattle Shrug Off COF Report

Trade at the CBOT was dynamic and interesting on Monday with early-day weakness sending wheat, corn, and soybeans all to fresh lows while late-day short-covering and buying pulled the latter two markets higher. Soybeans scored double-digit gains for the day while the corn market could only mana...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

WPI Crop Progress and Conditions App (Updated 24 June)

Update for 1 April 2024: Last year, users pointed out differences between the 5-year averages reported in this app and what USDA estimates in its weekly report. The difference exists because WPI calculates average based on the last 5 years of observations for the current week. In cases where ob...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Jul 24 Corn closed at $4.335/bushel, down $0.015 from yesterday's close.  Sep 24 Wheat closed at $5.71/bushel, down $0.0475 from yesterday's close.  Jul 24 Soybeans closed at $11.7525/bushel, up $0.1475 from yesterday's close.  Jul 24 Soymeal closed at $372.8/short ton, up $11 fr...

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Mercosur Regional Analysis

Wheat  It was a short trading week in Argentina with holidays on Monday, Thursday, and Friday and the CBOT being closed on Wednesday, all of which led to low activity for the week. Origination and FOB markets were quiet for both corn and wheat. Presently, with a weekly progress of almost 2...

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Weighing in on strategic realignment

WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

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