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Cotton Beats Wheat

There is much consternation over the fact that global stocks-to-use in wheat is down to 12.5 percent and as a result, the price of the March SRW contract is up 65 percent. Yet the price on the December cotton contract is up 120 percent from its low. Cotton is not essential for the food supply...

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How Sweet it Isn't

  Two major U.S. sugar processors, U.S. Sugar and Imperial Sugar planned a merger, but the Justice Department is saying no. It warns that the duopoly would result in higher sugar prices in the Southeast. But higher sugar prices are the point of U.S. sugar policy. The government sets a floo...

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Orange Juice is Fleeting

In the spring of 2020 as COVID-19 was spreading, U.S. consumption of orange juice increased as consumers sought to inoculate themselves with vitamin C. However, the increase was fleeting and not reflected on a global scale. Consumers are seeking to reduce their consumption of sugary drinks at t...

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Volatility in Pistachios

The U.S. first displaced Iran as the world’s leading producer of pistachios in 2012 and for the past four years it has not even been a contest. Iran’s downfall was in part U.S. trade sanctions, but also its failure to manage water resources and disease problems properly. While the p...

softs energy

How Sweet It Isn't

Global sugar consumption has now paced below the population growth rate for three years in a row. After dipping sharply in 2019, per capita consumption continues to be lower than it was in the first part of the last decade. There are many factors involved including substitutes, price, and deman...

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2021 Sour Domestic Sugar Outlook

The MY 2020/21 outlook for sugar is for more domestic production and a reduction in imports, but with lower deliveries and increasing year-end stocks. Beet sugar production is up 133,662 short tons – raw value (STRV) based on higher extraction rates in Minnesota and North Dakota. Cane pro...

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Agriculture and RCEP

Asian leaders gather this Sunday to hopefully put the final touches on a trade agreement called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The negotiations have taken eight years and, as usual, the word comprehensive does not apply to agriculture. Likely exempt from tariff reductio...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

CFTC Approves Commodity Position Limits

One common thread running through part of the history of grain trading has been the subject of federally set limits on the size of positions that a trader could hold in grain and oilseed futures and options. On 15 October, the CFTC finally approved a new rule regarding commodity position limits...

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Could Be More Bearish

Trading grain is not as sexy now as it was back in 2007-2008, but it could be worse. Orange juice futures were a big deal in 1983 when the movie Trading Places was a Hollywood hit but the underlying commodity has been falling out of favor in recent years. Global production and trade have been t...

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Cocoa Canary

Given their inelasticity, staple agricultural commodities are a poor indicator of economic health. However, luxury food items like cocoa may be a better indicator of the world’s recovery from the coronavirus. The December contract was up about 2 percent in today’s trading but remain...

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Food versus Fiber

A common debate about a decade ago was framed as food versus fuel; should crops traditionally used for food instead be converted into biofuel, especially during a food shortage. Opponents of biofuel may continue to argue in favor of only crops for food but there was also a forecast of declining...

soy-oilseeds livestock softs

WHO Guidance Effectiveness

The World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office issued an advisory recently that advised people to consume unsaturated fats such as those in fish, avocado, nuts, olive oil, soy, canola, sunflower and corn instead of the saturated fat in meat, butter, palm and coconut...

softs

Cotton Beats Wheat

There is much consternation over the fact that global stocks-to-use in wheat is down to 12.5 percent and as a result, the price of the March SRW contract is up 65 percent. Yet the price on the December cotton contract is up 120 percent from its low. Cotton is not essential for the food supply...

softs

How Sweet it Isn't

  Two major U.S. sugar processors, U.S. Sugar and Imperial Sugar planned a merger, but the Justice Department is saying no. It warns that the duopoly would result in higher sugar prices in the Southeast. But higher sugar prices are the point of U.S. sugar policy. The government sets a floo...

softs

Orange Juice is Fleeting

In the spring of 2020 as COVID-19 was spreading, U.S. consumption of orange juice increased as consumers sought to inoculate themselves with vitamin C. However, the increase was fleeting and not reflected on a global scale. Consumers are seeking to reduce their consumption of sugary drinks at t...

softs

Volatility in Pistachios

The U.S. first displaced Iran as the world’s leading producer of pistachios in 2012 and for the past four years it has not even been a contest. Iran’s downfall was in part U.S. trade sanctions, but also its failure to manage water resources and disease problems properly. While the p...

softs energy

How Sweet It Isn't

Global sugar consumption has now paced below the population growth rate for three years in a row. After dipping sharply in 2019, per capita consumption continues to be lower than it was in the first part of the last decade. There are many factors involved including substitutes, price, and deman...

softs

2021 Sour Domestic Sugar Outlook

The MY 2020/21 outlook for sugar is for more domestic production and a reduction in imports, but with lower deliveries and increasing year-end stocks. Beet sugar production is up 133,662 short tons – raw value (STRV) based on higher extraction rates in Minnesota and North Dakota. Cane pro...

softs

Agriculture and RCEP

Asian leaders gather this Sunday to hopefully put the final touches on a trade agreement called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The negotiations have taken eight years and, as usual, the word comprehensive does not apply to agriculture. Likely exempt from tariff reductio...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

CFTC Approves Commodity Position Limits

One common thread running through part of the history of grain trading has been the subject of federally set limits on the size of positions that a trader could hold in grain and oilseed futures and options. On 15 October, the CFTC finally approved a new rule regarding commodity position limits...

softs

Could Be More Bearish

Trading grain is not as sexy now as it was back in 2007-2008, but it could be worse. Orange juice futures were a big deal in 1983 when the movie Trading Places was a Hollywood hit but the underlying commodity has been falling out of favor in recent years. Global production and trade have been t...

softs

Cocoa Canary

Given their inelasticity, staple agricultural commodities are a poor indicator of economic health. However, luxury food items like cocoa may be a better indicator of the world’s recovery from the coronavirus. The December contract was up about 2 percent in today’s trading but remain...

softs

Food versus Fiber

A common debate about a decade ago was framed as food versus fuel; should crops traditionally used for food instead be converted into biofuel, especially during a food shortage. Opponents of biofuel may continue to argue in favor of only crops for food but there was also a forecast of declining...

soy-oilseeds livestock softs

WHO Guidance Effectiveness

The World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office issued an advisory recently that advised people to consume unsaturated fats such as those in fish, avocado, nuts, olive oil, soy, canola, sunflower and corn instead of the saturated fat in meat, butter, palm and coconut...

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