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Much like yesterday, today’s trading was dominated by crop tour yield numbers, good weather forecasts, and continued pressure on world wheat values. The soy complex managed to post solid gains, but wheat led corn lower amid significant spread trading. Funds are thought to be flat corn while holding an 80,000-contract new short position in soybeans and a small net short in wheat. News broke this afternoon that USDA is pulling all staff from the ongoing Pro Farmer tour after one participating employee was threatened. WPI’s knowledge of this tour is that a few USDA staffers are typically present on it each year ahead of the agency’s own crop tour/yield estimate efforts. Outside markets were mostly higher today with U.S. equ...

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Summary of Futures

Mar 23 Corn closed at $6.7975/bushel, down $0.04 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Wheat closed at $7.6125/bushel, up $0.0875 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Soybeans closed at $15.38/bushel, up $0.0275 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Soymeal closed at $484.2/short ton, down $4.5 f...

New Trade Agenda; Walk the Meat Talk

New Trade Agenda Tomorrow will present the Senate Agriculture Committee’s first hearing in preparation for writing a new Farm Bill and the first two topics are trade, and horticulture. It will be the first hearing for newly confirmed USDA Under Secretary for Trade Alexis Taylor. The line...

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Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA/AFRICA – MEA REGION Egyptian government officials said the “dollar crisis” has now been corrected and that foreign payments are being made by banks and delayed goods are clearing customs. Extra efforts have been made to r...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Mar 23 Corn closed at $6.7975/bushel, down $0.04 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Wheat closed at $7.6125/bushel, up $0.0875 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Soybeans closed at $15.38/bushel, up $0.0275 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Soymeal closed at $484.2/short ton, down $4.5 f...

New Trade Agenda; Walk the Meat Talk

New Trade Agenda Tomorrow will present the Senate Agriculture Committee’s first hearing in preparation for writing a new Farm Bill and the first two topics are trade, and horticulture. It will be the first hearing for newly confirmed USDA Under Secretary for Trade Alexis Taylor. The line...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA/AFRICA – MEA REGION Egyptian government officials said the “dollar crisis” has now been corrected and that foreign payments are being made by banks and delayed goods are clearing customs. Extra efforts have been made to r...

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Parsing the Data

Brazil’s meat processors are expressing angst that their country’s boosted corn exports to China this year will drive up domestic feed costs to what they describe as an “overpriced” level. The number of Chinese bidders for imported corn is large as the Middle Kingdom&rsq...

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