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Southeast Europe Regional Analysis

Regional News Weather conditions in Bulgaria turned negative for winter crops last week. After a warmer-than-normal December and first week of January, last week saw significantly colder temperatures amid low soil moisture availability. The combination of dry and cold conditions has kept winter crops dormant and stopped some emergence and early leaf development.  The weather remains largely non-threatening for the Black Sea region. Precipitation levels are expected to be near normal over the next 7-14 days, though some soil moisture concerns are lingering. The weather across the wheat-growing regions of Russia has been warmer than normal but no hard freezes have been reported that would significantly damage crop conditions. Ukraine&r...

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Market Commentary

CBOT trade was mixed to end the week with wheat posting the largest moves. Wheat futures turned sharply lower as a mix of harvest pressure on cash prices and modest profit taking pressured the market. Soyoil rallied again, which helped support soybean prices while corn futures were slightly hig...

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CFTC COT Report Analysis

The attached PDF offers graphical depiction and seasonal analysis of managed money and commercial traders' net position in key agricultural commodity markets. The data is, of course, taken from the CFTC's weekly Commitment of Traders report, using the futures only data. WPI recently completed a...

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Unemployment and Food Costs

Today’s report that the jobless rate fell in the U.S. was good news that the economy is reviving. Food demand is relatively inelastic, though there can be some changes in quality. If there are impacts, they should be inverse, meaning less money to pay for food should cause food prices to...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

CBOT trade was mixed to end the week with wheat posting the largest moves. Wheat futures turned sharply lower as a mix of harvest pressure on cash prices and modest profit taking pressured the market. Soyoil rallied again, which helped support soybean prices while corn futures were slightly hig...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

CFTC COT Report Analysis

The attached PDF offers graphical depiction and seasonal analysis of managed money and commercial traders' net position in key agricultural commodity markets. The data is, of course, taken from the CFTC's weekly Commitment of Traders report, using the futures only data. WPI recently completed a...

feed-grains wheat livestock

Unemployment and Food Costs

Today’s report that the jobless rate fell in the U.S. was good news that the economy is reviving. Food demand is relatively inelastic, though there can be some changes in quality. If there are impacts, they should be inverse, meaning less money to pay for food should cause food prices to...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Jul 20 Corn closed at $3.3125/bushel, up $0.0225 from yesterday's close.  Jul 20 Wheat closed at $5.1525/bushel, down $0.085 from yesterday's close.  Jul 20 Soybeans closed at $8.6775/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Jul 20 Soymeal closed at $289.1/short ton, down $0.7 from...

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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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