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Presidents Day

Monday, 18 February is a U.S. holiday. The markets and World Perspectives, Inc. are closed that day. Please note that the next issue of Ag Perspectives will be published the following day, 19 February...

China Naysayers; Liberalization Woke

China Naysayers As Washington and Beijing work toward completing a trade deal, it is clear that not all the U.S. objectives will be accomplished to the satisfaction of critics. However, indications are that it will involve more than just the eye candy of some guaranteed product sales. Given Pre...

USDA Receives Funding and Congressional Directives

Today the president signed the appropriations bill that will cover the remainder of FY 2019 (through 30 September). The package was passed yesterday in the House and Senate by a vote of 300-128 and 86-13, respectively. It provides a compromise agreement on border security measures, but the pres...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Corn and soybean markets were just slightly firmer overnight with wheat slightly lower following yesterday’s fund-related sell-off. Today then saw corn and soybeans trading slightly lower with wheat getting hit fairly hard most of the morning. Wheat is again in a very weak technical posit...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

More Things to Keep You Up at Night

Thursday’s weekly USDA export sales report, which contained small totals for corn, wheat and soybeans along with sales cancellations of the latter to China, sent the markets reeling lower after its release. The initial weakness then triggered some significant technical selling, and the ma...

soy-oilseeds softs

Indian Subcontinent Regional Analysis

Ample Soybean Supplies Expected to Result in 1 MMT Carryover While the government of India (GOI) has projected 2018/19 (October-September) soybean production at 13.459 MMT, the Soybean Processors Association (SOPA) projects the total at 11.483 MMT, a difference of 1.976 MMT. Per available detai...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Overnight futures trade was limited in volume and price movement. Wheat was slightly weaker, while corn and soybeans hung around Wednesday’s closes. News from talks in Beijing was sparse. President Trump apparently indicated he would agree to extend the negotiations for 60 days as long as...

Summer Supply Destruction; Bilking Consumers; Chinese Gambling; Beef with Beef

Summer Supply Destruction The nomination of Andrew Wheeler to become the EPA administrator is being held hostage by a bipartisan and powerful group of senators unless the agency quickly approves summertime use of E15 ethanol blended fuel. The EPA initially blamed the government shutdown for slo...

livestock

Volume and Value of Beef and Pork

U.S. beef exports hit record levels in 2018. However, tariffs reduced pork shipments, driving down values. These global demand dynamics are reflected in the domestic market. There they have supported the retail price of all fresh beef, which was up 3.1 percent in January versus the same month i...

soy-oilseeds

Oilseed Highlights: U.S. Soy Export Sales; Argentine Soy Crop; U.S. Soy Plantings; Brazil and Crop Insurance; China’s Ag Focus

U.S. Soy Export Sales Anyone who expected today’s USDA export sales report for the week ending 3 January to be positive for the soybean sector had to be disappointed. Considering it included much of the period between Christmas and the New Year, it is not surprising the data was lower tha...

soy-oilseeds

The Checkered Use of Tariffs

President Donald Trump, a self-declared “Tariff Man,” has made the threat and use of tariffs one of the chief operating mechanisms of his administration’s foreign and economic policies. He has said on numerous occasions that he “likes tariffs” and that they will he...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Grain and soy futures markets did very little overnight and again during the day session with volume and volatility in decline. In fact, we would rate today’s market as the dullest so far in 2019. Reflecting the lack of volume, today’s daily trading ranges were collectively among th...

Presidents Day

Monday, 18 February is a U.S. holiday. The markets and World Perspectives, Inc. are closed that day. Please note that the next issue of Ag Perspectives will be published the following day, 19 February...

China Naysayers; Liberalization Woke

China Naysayers As Washington and Beijing work toward completing a trade deal, it is clear that not all the U.S. objectives will be accomplished to the satisfaction of critics. However, indications are that it will involve more than just the eye candy of some guaranteed product sales. Given Pre...

USDA Receives Funding and Congressional Directives

Today the president signed the appropriations bill that will cover the remainder of FY 2019 (through 30 September). The package was passed yesterday in the House and Senate by a vote of 300-128 and 86-13, respectively. It provides a compromise agreement on border security measures, but the pres...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Corn and soybean markets were just slightly firmer overnight with wheat slightly lower following yesterday’s fund-related sell-off. Today then saw corn and soybeans trading slightly lower with wheat getting hit fairly hard most of the morning. Wheat is again in a very weak technical posit...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

More Things to Keep You Up at Night

Thursday’s weekly USDA export sales report, which contained small totals for corn, wheat and soybeans along with sales cancellations of the latter to China, sent the markets reeling lower after its release. The initial weakness then triggered some significant technical selling, and the ma...

soy-oilseeds softs

Indian Subcontinent Regional Analysis

Ample Soybean Supplies Expected to Result in 1 MMT Carryover While the government of India (GOI) has projected 2018/19 (October-September) soybean production at 13.459 MMT, the Soybean Processors Association (SOPA) projects the total at 11.483 MMT, a difference of 1.976 MMT. Per available detai...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Overnight futures trade was limited in volume and price movement. Wheat was slightly weaker, while corn and soybeans hung around Wednesday’s closes. News from talks in Beijing was sparse. President Trump apparently indicated he would agree to extend the negotiations for 60 days as long as...

Summer Supply Destruction; Bilking Consumers; Chinese Gambling; Beef with Beef

Summer Supply Destruction The nomination of Andrew Wheeler to become the EPA administrator is being held hostage by a bipartisan and powerful group of senators unless the agency quickly approves summertime use of E15 ethanol blended fuel. The EPA initially blamed the government shutdown for slo...

livestock

Volume and Value of Beef and Pork

U.S. beef exports hit record levels in 2018. However, tariffs reduced pork shipments, driving down values. These global demand dynamics are reflected in the domestic market. There they have supported the retail price of all fresh beef, which was up 3.1 percent in January versus the same month i...

soy-oilseeds

Oilseed Highlights: U.S. Soy Export Sales; Argentine Soy Crop; U.S. Soy Plantings; Brazil and Crop Insurance; China’s Ag Focus

U.S. Soy Export Sales Anyone who expected today’s USDA export sales report for the week ending 3 January to be positive for the soybean sector had to be disappointed. Considering it included much of the period between Christmas and the New Year, it is not surprising the data was lower tha...

soy-oilseeds

The Checkered Use of Tariffs

President Donald Trump, a self-declared “Tariff Man,” has made the threat and use of tariffs one of the chief operating mechanisms of his administration’s foreign and economic policies. He has said on numerous occasions that he “likes tariffs” and that they will he...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Grain and soy futures markets did very little overnight and again during the day session with volume and volatility in decline. In fact, we would rate today’s market as the dullest so far in 2019. Reflecting the lack of volume, today’s daily trading ranges were collectively among th...

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