The corn market it trading 2 lower and soybeans are 3 lower this morning as trade continues to position ahead of Fridays report. Funds are currently short 102,000 corn and long 74,000 soybean contracts.
Last nights crop progress report showed US corn harvest 52% complete compared to 41% last week and 75% on the five year average. Wisconsin came in at 21% complete compared to 51% on average. Soybean harvest was reported at 75% complete compared to 87% for the five year average. Wisconsin came in at 62% complete compared to 85% for the five year average. Favorable weather this week across the US should bump both of these numbers significantly by next Monday.
Brazilian soybean growers have planted 46% of the estimated area in the 2019/2020 crop, below the level of 60% seen last year. Despite the slower pace of planting compared to 2018, soybean planting is above the five year average of 43%. Brazil will harvest an estimated record 121 million tons of soybeans this year after increasing planted acres by 1.3% to 90 million acres.
Positive news this morning is that trade talks are reaching the critical final stages of a “Phase 1” deal, but both sides are doing some last minute haggling to benefit their side. While these talks and negotiations are not new, the progress definitely is. My personal opinion is that the Chinese hold more power in these negotiations at this point that President Trump. I think they can wait him out thru the next US Presidential election before they have to give in. If he wins the next election then they come back to the drawing board. If he loses (which would most likely happen without him reaching a deal), then they get someone new to deal with.
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