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China Won’t Eat American; Canada NAFTA Hearing; Technology, Productivity and Inequality

China Won’t Eat American  Senior USDA agricultural attaché Michael Ward lamented Chinese barriers to U.S. food exports at today’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum. He noted that China imposes nonscientific technical barriers, applies “mercantilist” policies...

Getting Partisan on Pass-Through

Perhaps it was inevitable given the partisan nature of the tax reform debate and passage, but now the debate surrounding the biggest ag-related issue in the tax code, the Section 199A deduction and how that applies to farmers’ income derived from selling to co-ops, has taken on an increas...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Fail-Safe USDA Numbers

USDA released an initial glimpse at of its MY 2018/19 U.S. supply and demand estimates early this morning, which were fail-safe across the board. They caused no controversy and sparked no market reaction, either bullish or bearish. Following is a quick recap: Corn – The 2018 corn planted...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Markets were slightly higher overnight in relatively light trading volume. Corn was a penny higher, and soybeans were up 3-4 cents as were KC and Chicago wheat. The release of USDA’s 2018/19 U.S. supply and demand numbers as the night session was still trading didn’t change anything...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Closing Futures Prices

WPI provides a summary of the week’s futures price activity and the gains/losses experienced by grain, oilseed, and livestock markets. USDA’s export sales results are also featured. Additionally, today’s data from the CFTC points to changing views among managed money funds. Me...

soy-oilseeds livestock softs

Indian Subcontinent Regional Analysis

Soymeal Prices Up, but DDGS Not Available as Alternative The Soybean Oil Processors Association (SOPA) has again trimmed its estimate for India’s 2017/18 soybean production (harvest in October-November 2017), reducing the previous forecast of 9.15 MMT to 8.35 MMT. The government of India...

Cynical Thoughts; Cotton Collision; ISDS Confusion

Cynical Thoughts French NGO Générations Future has copied a page from American NGO Environmental Working Group (EWG) and erroneously declared pesticide residues harmful to human health even when below official actionable levels. To support the claim, the group simply used the offi...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Overnight trade in grain and soy complex futures had low volume and was quiet without much price movement. Soybeans were a couple of cents lower, but corn and wheat were about unchanged. There was little fresh news to trade on. Weather forecasts for South America and the U.S. were about unchang...

livestock

Cattle on Feed Estimates

USDA’s Cattle on Feed report will be released tomorrow. Pre-report estimates from the industry peg the total number of cattle on feed to be 108.5 percent of last year with placements at 99.6 and marketings at 105.5 percent. It should be noted that regarding the placements and marketing es...

soy-oilseeds

Oilseed Highlights: Argentina’s Soy Crop and Seed Issue; U.S. Biodiesel Tariffs; Canadian Plantings; Parana Harvest

Rosario Exchange Sharply Reduces Argentine Soybean Estimate Yesterday the Rosario Grain Exchange reduced its estimate of the Argentine soybean crop from 52 MMT to 46.5 MMT, which follows a spokesperson’s announcement last week that it was likely to do so. This is about the lowest of any f...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Closing Futures Prices

Today’s closing prices for the first six listed futures contracts for major grain, oilseed, and livestock contracts are shown along with their changes from the prior day. Corn and soybean futures’ recent trading relationship continued again today, while broad fundamental factors inf...

Profile of American Farms

Each year USDA/NASS conducts a Farms and Land in Farms survey regarding economic demographics. The results are usually released in time for USDA’s annual Outlook Forum every February. (ERS released the results of its 2017 survey on 16 February.) Farms are defined as “any place from...

China Won’t Eat American; Canada NAFTA Hearing; Technology, Productivity and Inequality

China Won’t Eat American  Senior USDA agricultural attaché Michael Ward lamented Chinese barriers to U.S. food exports at today’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum. He noted that China imposes nonscientific technical barriers, applies “mercantilist” policies...

Getting Partisan on Pass-Through

Perhaps it was inevitable given the partisan nature of the tax reform debate and passage, but now the debate surrounding the biggest ag-related issue in the tax code, the Section 199A deduction and how that applies to farmers’ income derived from selling to co-ops, has taken on an increas...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Fail-Safe USDA Numbers

USDA released an initial glimpse at of its MY 2018/19 U.S. supply and demand estimates early this morning, which were fail-safe across the board. They caused no controversy and sparked no market reaction, either bullish or bearish. Following is a quick recap: Corn – The 2018 corn planted...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Markets were slightly higher overnight in relatively light trading volume. Corn was a penny higher, and soybeans were up 3-4 cents as were KC and Chicago wheat. The release of USDA’s 2018/19 U.S. supply and demand numbers as the night session was still trading didn’t change anything...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Closing Futures Prices

WPI provides a summary of the week’s futures price activity and the gains/losses experienced by grain, oilseed, and livestock markets. USDA’s export sales results are also featured. Additionally, today’s data from the CFTC points to changing views among managed money funds. Me...

soy-oilseeds livestock softs

Indian Subcontinent Regional Analysis

Soymeal Prices Up, but DDGS Not Available as Alternative The Soybean Oil Processors Association (SOPA) has again trimmed its estimate for India’s 2017/18 soybean production (harvest in October-November 2017), reducing the previous forecast of 9.15 MMT to 8.35 MMT. The government of India...

Cynical Thoughts; Cotton Collision; ISDS Confusion

Cynical Thoughts French NGO Générations Future has copied a page from American NGO Environmental Working Group (EWG) and erroneously declared pesticide residues harmful to human health even when below official actionable levels. To support the claim, the group simply used the offi...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Overnight trade in grain and soy complex futures had low volume and was quiet without much price movement. Soybeans were a couple of cents lower, but corn and wheat were about unchanged. There was little fresh news to trade on. Weather forecasts for South America and the U.S. were about unchang...

livestock

Cattle on Feed Estimates

USDA’s Cattle on Feed report will be released tomorrow. Pre-report estimates from the industry peg the total number of cattle on feed to be 108.5 percent of last year with placements at 99.6 and marketings at 105.5 percent. It should be noted that regarding the placements and marketing es...

soy-oilseeds

Oilseed Highlights: Argentina’s Soy Crop and Seed Issue; U.S. Biodiesel Tariffs; Canadian Plantings; Parana Harvest

Rosario Exchange Sharply Reduces Argentine Soybean Estimate Yesterday the Rosario Grain Exchange reduced its estimate of the Argentine soybean crop from 52 MMT to 46.5 MMT, which follows a spokesperson’s announcement last week that it was likely to do so. This is about the lowest of any f...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Closing Futures Prices

Today’s closing prices for the first six listed futures contracts for major grain, oilseed, and livestock contracts are shown along with their changes from the prior day. Corn and soybean futures’ recent trading relationship continued again today, while broad fundamental factors inf...

Profile of American Farms

Each year USDA/NASS conducts a Farms and Land in Farms survey regarding economic demographics. The results are usually released in time for USDA’s annual Outlook Forum every February. (ERS released the results of its 2017 survey on 16 February.) Farms are defined as “any place from...

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