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Market Commentary: Global Oilseed Complex Rallies Sharply; Cattle Fall on Cash Uncertainty

A confluence of factors helped soybean futures post a technical upside breakout overnight with strength continuing into the day session. Macro-traders are increasingly concerned about inflation, but raw commodity prices are typically beneficiaries of inflationary pressures and that thinking led to an influx of managed money in CBOT markets on Tuesday. Disappointing yields from Brazil’s still-delayed soybean harvest and a slow start to the export year were further supportive. November soybeans and December corn rallied to new contract highs as the Ag Outlook Forum’s key takeaway was that of “big demand”, which has traders thinking U.S. acreage needs to increase.  Funds were net buyers in the soy complex and corn...

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Market Commentary: CBOT Consolidates Amid Argentine Dryness, Slow Export News

The CBOT was mostly lower in decidedly consolidative trade on Wednesday. Ag futures seem to be bumping up against key support levels where end-users are extending purchases. Short sellers seem to be mostly absent the market amid South American weather concerns and expectations that USDA will of...

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Summary of Futures

May 21 Corn closed at $5.3525/bushel, down $0.0975 from yesterday's close.  May 21 Wheat closed at $6.56/bushel, down $0.1025 from yesterday's close.  May 21 Soybeans closed at $14.075/bushel, down $0.05 from yesterday's close.  May 21 Soymeal closed at $418.8/short ton, down $2...

Inequivalent, Protectionist; Bulls and Pandemics

Inequivalent, Protectionist In 2012, the U.S. and EU established an agreement asserting that each other’s organic standards were substantially equivalent. The agreement was reviewed again in 2015 and may require additional review depending on one’s interpretation of “substanti...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary: CBOT Consolidates Amid Argentine Dryness, Slow Export News

The CBOT was mostly lower in decidedly consolidative trade on Wednesday. Ag futures seem to be bumping up against key support levels where end-users are extending purchases. Short sellers seem to be mostly absent the market amid South American weather concerns and expectations that USDA will of...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

May 21 Corn closed at $5.3525/bushel, down $0.0975 from yesterday's close.  May 21 Wheat closed at $6.56/bushel, down $0.1025 from yesterday's close.  May 21 Soybeans closed at $14.075/bushel, down $0.05 from yesterday's close.  May 21 Soymeal closed at $418.8/short ton, down $2...

Inequivalent, Protectionist; Bulls and Pandemics

Inequivalent, Protectionist In 2012, the U.S. and EU established an agreement asserting that each other’s organic standards were substantially equivalent. The agreement was reviewed again in 2015 and may require additional review depending on one’s interpretation of “substanti...

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China In-Country Analysis

Note to Readers Coronavirus Hits Home Despite our best efforts to practice social distancing and good hygiene, including the wearing of masks in public, our staff was impacted by COVID-19 in February. One of our writer/editor’s and family members were hit pretty severely with the disease,...

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