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The markets started with good gains in the Sunday evening session, led by double-digit increases in soybeans on the heels of a sharp rally in soymeal futures. Overnight volume was also good with over 40,000 contracts of corn and 36,000 contracts of soybeans. Chicago wheat volume exceeded 20,000 contracts. It is all about weather right now. Last week’s chatter about Argentina finally receiving some crop-saving rains turned out to be inaccurate. While it did rain in some areas, coverage and amounts were considered very disappointing. The forecast again looks very hot and mostly dry, and the outlook for the U.S. southern Plains is still dry. World equity markets also started the week higher with the Dow up more than 400 points (about 2...

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Export Sales

USDA data for week ending August 9, 2018: Wheat:  Net sales of 803,000 MT for 2018/2019--a marketing-year high--were up noticeably from the previous week and from the prior 4-week average.   Corn:  Net sales of 339,000 MT for 2017/2018 were down 39 percent from the previous...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Turnaround Tuesday’s higher prices for grain and soy futures did not last long. An array of negative macro influences and forecasts for a week of favorable weather for the Plains and Midwest sent soy and wheat prices back near where they were at Monday’s close. Commodity prices in g...

Rise Above the WTO; Pros and Cons of Relocate

Rise Above the WTO Channeling Donald Trump’s incendiary style, the normally thoughtful Kevin Hassett, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, has raised the issue of throwing China out of the WTO. The comment is notable since many trading partners would currently like to th...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Export Sales

USDA data for week ending August 9, 2018: Wheat:  Net sales of 803,000 MT for 2018/2019--a marketing-year high--were up noticeably from the previous week and from the prior 4-week average.   Corn:  Net sales of 339,000 MT for 2017/2018 were down 39 percent from the previous...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Turnaround Tuesday’s higher prices for grain and soy futures did not last long. An array of negative macro influences and forecasts for a week of favorable weather for the Plains and Midwest sent soy and wheat prices back near where they were at Monday’s close. Commodity prices in g...

Rise Above the WTO; Pros and Cons of Relocate

Rise Above the WTO Channeling Donald Trump’s incendiary style, the normally thoughtful Kevin Hassett, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, has raised the issue of throwing China out of the WTO. The comment is notable since many trading partners would currently like to th...

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Black Sea Regional Analysis

Russian Grain Markets: 6-10 August 2018 Grain prices increased due to rising prices on international markets and weakening of the ruble. Milling wheat export prices rose $3/MT to $235/MT FOB Black Sea, and purchase prices at seaports grew to $187-192/MT CPT-Black Sea port. While the average fee...

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