Yesterday corn, soybeans and wheat all ended the session lower as favorable weather forecasts for Argentina and southern Brazil. Soybean meal and wheat have been the drivers for corn and soybeans over the last week. I look for these commodities to continue being the drivers unless we see some changes in the Midwest weather pattern. There has been little to no premium added to the markets due to corn planting progress in the Midwest.
Trade talks between China and the US begin today but skeptics do not expect much to come from these talks as both parties dig their collective heels deeper into the sand in regards to not only grain tariffs, but strategic technologies.
Weekly export sales came in below the 10 week average for both corn and soybeans. Corn was 40.2 mln bu. while soybeans were only 15.3 mln bu.
Funds remain long 152k corn and 178k soybean contracts. Neither of these are recent records, but are very close which could result in some liquidation heading into the weekend.
Three items that traders will continue to monitor in the coming weeks are:
1. US and Chinese trade talks that start today in Beijing.
2. Weather forecasts that call for rain in southern Brazil in the 10-15 day range.
3. US weather forecasts and planting progress.
Markets are weaker this morning with corn down 2, soybeans down 5 and wheat down 4. The Funds remain long 152k corn and 178k soybean contracts. Neither of these are recent records, but are very close which could result in some liquidation heading into the weekend.
Have a safe day!