Good morning,

Grain markets were steady through the overnight of trade as they try for another recovery effort despite the August report still looming in the mind of traders and the bearish outlook in extended weather forecasts. Currently corn is up 5 cents and soybeans are up 8 cents. The weather development for the last half of August continues to look good for crop development. The rains are increasing this morning with some action in KS, NE, and MO. Also, there is a system moving through our area this morning here in WI that should bring a good amount of rain. Chances for rain continue through as late as Sunday for much of the Corn Belt then early next week turns drier before more rains emerge on the forecasts in the 6-10 day time frame. For the 11-15 day period, precipitation is expected to be scattered but mostly below normal and it is expected that temperatures will be above normal through August. President Trump seems to be a little more optimistic about the trade negotiations, however, China continues to snub the U.S. side of the talks. This is leaving the market confused about the situation and ultimately wanting more concrete proof rather than words. Going forward, markets will be looking heavily into the development of the talks hoping for progress to be made. The Pro Farmer crop tour will be making its way through the U.S. growing region next week. It is expected that the market will look to the results of the tour to see what they come up with for yield. The track record for this crop tour is very questionable, but with some uncertainty still in the yield potential for this year’s crop it should grab the attention of the markets nonetheless. Weather and trade talks will be the main focus of trade heading into harvest. My advice for producers would be to actively watch the markets and sell when you see an adequate bump in prices. I think trade will be volatile in the weeks to come and ultimately range bound. Taking advantage of the highs will definitely prove beneficial in marketing any remaining old crop.

Have a great Friday!

Drake Bliss