Grain markets opened higher this morning with corn up 4 and soybeans up 17. Soybeans are getting support from news that broke last night that the Chinese are sending a delegation to Washington DC later this month to discuss a solution to the trade war. There are also talk that China has entered the bean market with rumors of 15 cargos bought last week and 12 cargos bought early this week for September. The majority of the soybeans are coming from Brazil with 1 cargo coming from Argentina. Weekly export sales released this morning show old corn at 13.3 million bu. and new corn at 41.1 million bu. New crop sales are the largest in the last ten weeks. Old crop soybean sales were 4.9 million and new crop beans were 21.0 million. New crop is slightly above the ten week average.
Ethanol production for the week averaged 1.072 million barrels per day which is down 2.55% from last week but up 1.23% from a year ago. Ethanol stocks are up 5.4% compared to a year ago with production up 2.34% while gasoline demand is down 1.22%. Report out today showed that agricultural export prices fell 5.3% in July from the previous month, which is the biggest drop since October 2011.
Today’s jump in the markets is great news, but producers need to keep in mind that these are just rumors of talks that will/may happen and there is no resolution. We also need to remember the size of the crop that is in the fields now is going to put a lot of pressure on the markets in about a month when harvest begins in the I states.
Have a Safe Day!