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It was all about the WASDE today with futures mostly consolidating overnight before trading lower heading into the report. The most notable feature in the August WASDE was the bearish surprise to the corn market with 2019 corn planted acres and yields estimated at 90.0 million and 169.5 bushels/acre, respectively. Both figures were above market expectations and created a 2.181-billion-bushel carryout that was also unexpected. USDA decreased soybean planted and harvested acreage but left yields unchanged. However, those estimates were largely anticipated by the market and left only a minor bearish impact on futures. Further analysis of the August WASDE can be found on WPI’s website under the “PM Post–Markets React” an...

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Mar 21 Corn closed at $4.2075/bushel, down $0.0525 from yesterday's close.  Mar 21 Wheat closed at $5.7725/bushel, down $0.0775 from yesterday's close.  Jan 21 Soybeans closed at $11.62/bushel, down $0.065 from yesterday's close.  Jan 21 Soymeal closed at $390.2/short ton, down $...

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The CBOT attempted a dead-cat bounce overnight but turned lower during the day session. Wheat was the downside leader as weak technical conditions, and a large Australian crop are pressuring the price outlook. Wheat weakness pulled corn lower and the March futures contract slipped to major tren...

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feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Mar 21 Corn closed at $4.2075/bushel, down $0.0525 from yesterday's close.  Mar 21 Wheat closed at $5.7725/bushel, down $0.0775 from yesterday's close.  Jan 21 Soybeans closed at $11.62/bushel, down $0.065 from yesterday's close.  Jan 21 Soymeal closed at $390.2/short ton, down $...

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