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Trump Policy Gets Support; Friends and Neighbors

Trump Policy Gets Support Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is in Washington this week and told an Atlantic Council audience that instead of fighting the Trump administration’s effort to rewrite the rules for multilateral institutions like the WTO, “we” should accept this opport...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Overnight trading saw corn and soybeans firmer on continuation of yesterday’s post-WASDE rally, while bulls were firmly in control during the day session. The trade is increasingly suspicious of USDA’s numbers and the use of satellite imagery, and other data is starting to overrule...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The unique aspect going into today’s WASDE report was the diversity of issues and opinions about what it would say. Markets are especially uncertain due to competing narratives. On one hand, the market trades on USDA’s numbers as the most authoritative. The weather is now better, an...

feed-grains

WASDE Corn

USDA Notes: This month’s 2019/20 U.S. corn outlook is for larger production and beginning stocks, greater feed and residual use, lower food, seed, and industrial (FSI) use, and increased ending stocks.  Corn beginning stocks are raised 145 million bushels, reflecting lower use foreca...

wheat

WASDE Wheat

USDA Notes: The outlook for 2019/20 U.S. wheat this month is for lower supplies, higher domestic use, larger exports, and reduced stocks.  Supplies are reduced as a smaller carry-in is not completely offset by higher production.  Forecast 2019/20 U.S. wheat production is raised 18 mil...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EAST COMMENTS Egypt is talking to France about 35 million Euros for the funding of small and medium agriculture organizations. The discussions were announced by the French ambassador in a speech last week. It is expected that much of the funding could go to...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The markets were slightly firmer overnight but then caught a little fire this morning. It is starting to seem that those in the corn market are considering the possibility that the 2019 U.S. crop could fall below 13 billion bushels. There is also more concern now that not all the soybean acres...

Cold War II; Varying Farm Policy Models

Cold War II In a sign that President Trump is not going to be able to leverage a trade agreement out of China, Beijing issued notice that it will not yield to U.S. demands even with maximum pressure from Washington. This is the strength of a Marxist economy, and it is perhaps helped by a fallin...

wheat feed-grains

SOEs Rule

The U.S. grain trade business has been largely dominated by privately-owned companies for the past several decades. Their efficiency at the business is demonstrated by their success over the years replacing government entities at the task, including succeeding the grain boards in Canada and Aus...

wheat

WASDE Wheat

USDA Reported: U.S. 2019/20 wheat supplies are down with lower beginning stocks partly offset by slightly higher production.  Beginning stocks are down 25 million bushels on increased 2018/19 exports.  Winter wheat production is forecast up 6 million bushels to 1,274 million with an i...

wheat

WASDE Wheat

USDA Notes: The first 2019 NASS survey-based winter wheat production forecast indicated larger Hard Red Winter production more than offsetting smaller Soft Red Winter and White Wheat crops.  Total 2019/20 domestic use is projected up 5 percent with increases in all usage categories. ...

Russia Meat Subsidy; Secondary Effects

Russia Meat Subsidy The Russian government will reportedly allocate $6.5 billion for “soft” export-oriented investment loans to the meat industry. The goal is to greatly boost meat exports and will include construction of “several distribution centers.” The structure of...

Trump Policy Gets Support; Friends and Neighbors

Trump Policy Gets Support Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is in Washington this week and told an Atlantic Council audience that instead of fighting the Trump administration’s effort to rewrite the rules for multilateral institutions like the WTO, “we” should accept this opport...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Overnight trading saw corn and soybeans firmer on continuation of yesterday’s post-WASDE rally, while bulls were firmly in control during the day session. The trade is increasingly suspicious of USDA’s numbers and the use of satellite imagery, and other data is starting to overrule...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The unique aspect going into today’s WASDE report was the diversity of issues and opinions about what it would say. Markets are especially uncertain due to competing narratives. On one hand, the market trades on USDA’s numbers as the most authoritative. The weather is now better, an...

feed-grains

WASDE Corn

USDA Notes: This month’s 2019/20 U.S. corn outlook is for larger production and beginning stocks, greater feed and residual use, lower food, seed, and industrial (FSI) use, and increased ending stocks.  Corn beginning stocks are raised 145 million bushels, reflecting lower use foreca...

wheat

WASDE Wheat

USDA Notes: The outlook for 2019/20 U.S. wheat this month is for lower supplies, higher domestic use, larger exports, and reduced stocks.  Supplies are reduced as a smaller carry-in is not completely offset by higher production.  Forecast 2019/20 U.S. wheat production is raised 18 mil...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EAST COMMENTS Egypt is talking to France about 35 million Euros for the funding of small and medium agriculture organizations. The discussions were announced by the French ambassador in a speech last week. It is expected that much of the funding could go to...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The markets were slightly firmer overnight but then caught a little fire this morning. It is starting to seem that those in the corn market are considering the possibility that the 2019 U.S. crop could fall below 13 billion bushels. There is also more concern now that not all the soybean acres...

Cold War II; Varying Farm Policy Models

Cold War II In a sign that President Trump is not going to be able to leverage a trade agreement out of China, Beijing issued notice that it will not yield to U.S. demands even with maximum pressure from Washington. This is the strength of a Marxist economy, and it is perhaps helped by a fallin...

wheat feed-grains

SOEs Rule

The U.S. grain trade business has been largely dominated by privately-owned companies for the past several decades. Their efficiency at the business is demonstrated by their success over the years replacing government entities at the task, including succeeding the grain boards in Canada and Aus...

wheat

WASDE Wheat

USDA Reported: U.S. 2019/20 wheat supplies are down with lower beginning stocks partly offset by slightly higher production.  Beginning stocks are down 25 million bushels on increased 2018/19 exports.  Winter wheat production is forecast up 6 million bushels to 1,274 million with an i...

wheat

WASDE Wheat

USDA Notes: The first 2019 NASS survey-based winter wheat production forecast indicated larger Hard Red Winter production more than offsetting smaller Soft Red Winter and White Wheat crops.  Total 2019/20 domestic use is projected up 5 percent with increases in all usage categories. ...

Russia Meat Subsidy; Secondary Effects

Russia Meat Subsidy The Russian government will reportedly allocate $6.5 billion for “soft” export-oriented investment loans to the meat industry. The goal is to greatly boost meat exports and will include construction of “several distribution centers.” The structure of...

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