On Friday private analyst Informa released its crop estimate for the US which came in at 176 bpa and a 14.392 billion bu. production for corn. This is 2 bu. less than FC Stone released on Wednesday, but 2 bu higher than the USDA has been using.
There was no new news in regards to the US and China negotiations over the weekend. Canada’s Foreign Minister did say he is keen on concluding NAFTA negotiations and is ready to talk at any time. The US and Mexico are expected to meet again this week to work on a resolution as well.
Tariffs are not the only issue that could be affecting soybean trade in the near future. China is likely to cut imports of soybeans by more than 10 million tons this year thanks to new soymeal technology and the use of supplements such as sunflower seeds and palm seeds. The use of low protein formula in animal feed could cut China’s annual demand for soymeal by 7% or 5 million tons of soybeans.
The market has been in a short term uptrend over the last couple weeks and we could see additional buying as traders position themselves ahead of Fridays report. The USDA will release its Supply and Demand and Crop Production report on Friday at 11am. This report will show their results of a state by state survey for yield and production on corn and soybeans.
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