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Growing Threat to Trade

Russia is positioning to invade Ukraine if it wants, and China is seeking to put a military base on the Atlantic in Equatorial Guinea. Then there is China’s threats to Taiwan and Iran’s potential abandonment of the nuclear agreement. One of the above could limit grain exports out of the Black Sea Region, two others could disrupt grain exports out of the U.S. and Europe. Trade embargoes and other forms of economic coercion are on the rise. A back up plan is needed.  Already a long list of sanctions is being developed should Russia move on Ukraine. Without a European army to deter Russia, Latvia has asked for permanent basing of U.S. troops in its country. Presumably, western sanctions associated with military moves by Russi...

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Cattle on Feed

U.S. Cattle on Feed Up 1 Percent: Cattle on feed for the slaughter in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 12.0 million head on January 1, 2022. Placements in feedlots during December totaled 1.96 million head - 6 percent above 2020.  Marketings of fe...

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Summary of Futures

Mar 22 Corn closed at $6.1625/bushel, up $0.0525 from yesterday's close.  Mar 22 Wheat closed at $7.8/bushel, down $0.1025 from yesterday's close.  Mar 22 Soybeans closed at $14.1425/bushel, down $0.115 from yesterday's close.  Mar 22 Soymeal closed at $392.7/short ton, down $8.1...

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Market Commentary: Corn, Soyoil, Hogs Post Bullish Days; Soybeans, Wheat Fall on Profit Taking

The CBOT traded a mixed day to end a volatile and mostly bullish week. Corn and lean hog futures rallied with March corn posting a new seven-month high and hog futures posting fresh contract highs. Soybeans and wheat, however, could not match the bullishness of the corn market and ended lower i...

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Cattle on Feed

U.S. Cattle on Feed Up 1 Percent: Cattle on feed for the slaughter in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 12.0 million head on January 1, 2022. Placements in feedlots during December totaled 1.96 million head - 6 percent above 2020.  Marketings of fe...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Mar 22 Corn closed at $6.1625/bushel, up $0.0525 from yesterday's close.  Mar 22 Wheat closed at $7.8/bushel, down $0.1025 from yesterday's close.  Mar 22 Soybeans closed at $14.1425/bushel, down $0.115 from yesterday's close.  Mar 22 Soymeal closed at $392.7/short ton, down $8.1...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary: Corn, Soyoil, Hogs Post Bullish Days; Soybeans, Wheat Fall on Profit Taking

The CBOT traded a mixed day to end a volatile and mostly bullish week. Corn and lean hog futures rallied with March corn posting a new seven-month high and hog futures posting fresh contract highs. Soybeans and wheat, however, could not match the bullishness of the corn market and ended lower i...

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COF: Record December Placements

USDA released its monthly cattle on feed report; it was on the bearish side with record placements for December that were well above pre-report expectations and marketings 1 percent below pre-report forecasts falling below current. Average daily marketings were 84,409 in December based on 22 w...

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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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