Grains Quietly Mixed

by Steve Freed

Grains are quietly mixed. SN is up 1 cent and near 8.48. CN is unchanged and near 3.25. WN is unchanged and near 5.44. Grains were up this week on China analytical group report that China could soon buy 10 mmt US soybeans, 1 mmt US cotton and 20 mmt US corn for reserves. There is no timeline for buying. Slow US export pace, normal US Midwest weather forecast and drop in US domestic corn demand offers resistance. Need China buying US or a US global weather issue to push grain futures higher.

For the week, SRW Wheat prices are up roughly 11 cents. WN range 5.33-5.61. Corn is down 5 cents CN range 3.09-3.31; Soybeans up 3 cents. Range 8.18-8.56.; Soymeal unchanged, and; Soyoil down 70 points.

US 6-10 day calls for cool temps and dry west with normal rains east. 8-14 day is normal temps except in great lakes which could be cooler. US plantings should continue to advance.

China’s top pig and poultry producer Wens Foodstuff Group Co. said Friday that its net profits more than tripled in 2019; net profits surged 253 percent year on year to 13.97 billion yuan (about 1.97 billion U.S. dollars) last year.

The worsening of a historic drop in the level of Argentina’s Parana River has forced agro-export companies to further cut the size of corn and soy shipments just as this season’s harvest intensifies. Rains are forecasted.

Ukraine’s corn export prices declined over the past week on declining demand from exporters and an expected decrease in biofuel production, APK-Inform agriculture consultancy said; export bid prices for Ukrainian corn fell to $172-176 per ton FOB Black Sea as of April 23, from $178-183 per ton as of the middle of last week

The condition of French soft wheat and barley crops declined for the second week in a row, farm office France AgriMer said. Rains are forecasted there. North Europe is dry. Russia 2nd week forecast reduced rains.

On Thursday, Managed Money were  buyers of 1,000 wheat , bought 3,000 corn, bought 4,000 soybeans and 1,000 soymeal and bought 1,000 soyoil We estimate Managed funds are net long 23,000 contracts of SRW Wheat; net short 158,000 Corn; net long 8,000 Soybeans; net long 5,000 lots of Soymeal and; net short 13,000 Soyoil.

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