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Things Aren’t So Great in Brazil Either

There are stories almost daily about how low prices are causing pain for farmers across the U.S. Meanwhile, the U.S.-China trade dispute is an issue in some Farm Belt states because it has driven soybean prices down. Corn and wheat also dropped in sympathy with soybeans. However, U.S farmers have several “safety nets” that provide a bit of relief in times of low prices. The Trump administration has paid out nearly $1.00/bushel on 2018 soybean production as compensation for the Chinese tariffs and lower prices. The odds are high that the second half of this payment will be approved unless the trade issues are settled soon, which doesn’t appear likely. U.S. producers also have crop revenue insurance products that guarantee a...

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Black Sea Regional Analysis

Russian Grain Markets: 5-9 November 2018 Milling wheat export prices were stable at an average $228/MT FOB Black Sea, and purchase prices at seaports grew in RUB expression but dropped in USD expression to $196-197/MT CPT-Black Sea port. The average feed barley export and purchase prices rose t...

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Transatlantic Expectations EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is in Washington to meet with her U.S. counterpart, Robert Lighthizer, and discuss efforts to better harmonize regulations. She expressed the view that President Trump would not impose tariffs on European automobiles due to...

wheat feed-grains soy-oilseeds

Black Sea Regional Analysis

Russian Grain Markets: 5-9 November 2018 Milling wheat export prices were stable at an average $228/MT FOB Black Sea, and purchase prices at seaports grew in RUB expression but dropped in USD expression to $196-197/MT CPT-Black Sea port. The average feed barley export and purchase prices rose t...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Yesterday commodity markets were dominated by NYMEX crude oil’s precipitous decline, but today that market stabilized and actually closed a little higher to end its 12-day losing streak. This allowed other commodities to return to their own specifics. Unfortunately for the grain and soy f...

Transatlantic Expectations; Crop of the Future; Updated Beef Age; Variable USMCA Hearings

Transatlantic Expectations EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is in Washington to meet with her U.S. counterpart, Robert Lighthizer, and discuss efforts to better harmonize regulations. She expressed the view that President Trump would not impose tariffs on European automobiles due to...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Dec 18 Corn closed at $3.67/bushel, up $0.005 from yesterday's close.  Dec 18 Wheat closed at $5.03/bushel, down $0.0475 from yesterday's close.  Jan 19 Soybeans closed at $8.835/bushel, up $0.0525 from yesterday's close.  Dec 18 Soymeal closed at $305.7/short ton, up $1.8 from y...

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Forecasting developments in production agriculture

On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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