Grain markets are lower through the overnight trading session as cool weather remained over the weekend and the next 5 day forecasts show chances of rain for much of the Corn Belt. Also, traders are becoming concerned to how China will retaliate if the tariff hike is implemented in September. Corn is currently down 4 cents and soybeans are currently down 11 cents. President Trump stated that the 10% tariff hike could be revoked if China steps up U.S. ag purchases. Many will be following closely to see what comes in the U.S. – China trade disputes hoping to hear some better news in the weeks to come. The weekly crop progress report will be released this afternoon at 3 p.m. Analysts are estimating that corn condition will come in at 57% GTE (58% GTE last week, 71% GTE last year, and 69.5% 5-year average) and the soybean condition to come in at 54% GTE (54% GTE last week, 63.4% 5-year average). Ultimately, not a whole lot of fresh news to come over the weekend besides the fact that the U.S. and China are failing to make up any ground regarding the trade talks. Markets continue to remain volatile as the weather remains benign and no progress is being made with China. I would continue to advise producers to put in firm offers with your buyers to take advantage of any run in the market after the report. With that being said, it isn’t safe to rule out a release of unexpected data. If you are sitting on a large amount of old crop I would consider taking some risk away by looking to sell some amount of corn this week before the report gets here.
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