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WEATHER MENTALITY FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS:  U.S. crop weather should be mostly good this week with warmer temperatures and less rain occurring to spur on faster crop development while stimulating late season planting. Timely rainfall will become very important
later in June and is likely to occur.  Tropical Depression Three in the Bay of Campeche will become a tropical storm and should bring moisture to the U.S. lower Midwest next week. The moisture should be timely after net drying this week and help maintain moisture
abundance for long term crop development.

China weather is a concern in some of the dry areas in east-central parts of the nation, although up until now the dryness has been great for promoting aggressive spring planting. Limited rainfall and very warm to hot temperatures over the next week will raise
concern over crop development and the region will need to be closely monitored. Some rain is possible in the driest areas during mid-week next week, but it may be light and sporadic. Northeastern China may be a little wetter than usual for a while slowing
some of its planting, but most crops in the region are suspected of being in good condition.

monsoon is expected to perform well this year, although initial rainfall will be erratic over the next ten days. A small tropical cyclone will move through northern Maharashtra into western Madhya Pradesh today and Wednesday with very little negative impact.

palm and coconut production in Southeast Asia looks to be advancing normally with little change likely.

planting is moving along in Australia, but there is need for greater rainfall in many areas. There is plenty of time for the greater rain to fall, however. Canola in Canada’s Prairies has been planted in many areas, but rain is needed in parts of the central
and east to stimulate germination, emergence and improved establishment.

Safrinha corn crop is finishing favorably after rain fell in late May. Some production cut did occur earlier in the month because of dryness especially in eastern production areas.

harvest is moving along well as is that of South Africa.

Most of Eastern Europe’s crop weather has improved with recent rainfall, although the precipitation came a little late to seriously turn around winter rapeseed production. Corn, sunseed and soybean planting should be advancing well with favorable emergence,
but warming is needed to stimulate better crop development from Eastern Europe into the western CIS. Rain is needed in northwestern Europe and some of that may occur in the coming week to ten days.

Overall, weather today is likely to have a mixed influence on market mentality with a bearish bias.


WEATHER MENTALITY FOR WHEAT:  Dryness remains a worry in parts of southern and eastern Saskatchewan and west-central Manitoba, although rain is expected by this time next week. Western Alberta is still too wet and moving slowly in its spring planting.

northern Plains spring wheat planting and emergence should be advancing well, although parts of the region (mostly in North Dakota) are becoming too dry and this week’s dryness will exacerbate the situation. Timely rain should come along for this region during
the weekend and next week.

hard red winter wheat production areas will be experience net drying this week, despite a few showers and thunderstorms because of very warm to hot temperatures. However, much of the crop has reproduced and is filling with crops in the south maturing. The
limited rainfall and heat will stress a few crops, but Nebraska and northern Kansas crops are most immature while having the best soil moisture. The bottom line to net drying is not expected to be very great on crop conditions or production, although maturation
will be rushed.

soft wheat conditions in the Midwest will improve with this week’s decreasing rain frequency and rising temperatures.  Dryness in the northwestern states remains a concern and weekend heat did not help the situation.

Northwestern Europe dryness will continue a concern for a little while longer this week. Rain is expected later in the week and into next week. Crops elsewhere in Europe and the western CIS will experience a favorable mix of weather, although production will
not be restored in areas that had inclement conditions last autumn and earlier this spring to harm production.

winter wheat crop is rated favorably, although drying now may be stressing a few of the more immature crops. Spring crops are favorably moist and expected to perform well.

harvest should be complete and Australia’s planting of small grains has advanced well. There is still need for greater rain in many of Australia’s winter crop areas. Queensland, northern and western New South Wales and parts of South Australia and northern
Western Australia crop areas need more rain. South Africa and western Argentina also need more rain.

weather today will likely contribute a mixed influence on market mentality.

World Weather Inc. and FI




Ag Calendar

June 2:

  • U.S.
    Purdue Agriculture Sentiment, 9:30am
  • New
    Zealand global dairy trade auction
  • EU
    weekly grain, oilseed import and export data (delayed because of holiday)

June 3:

  • EIA
    U.S. weekly ethanol inventories, production, 10:30am
  • China’s
    CNGOIC to publish monthly forecast on crop output, supply and demand

June 4:

  • USDA
    weekly crop net-export sales for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, 8:30am
  • FAO
    world food price index, 4am
  • Port
    of Rouen data on French grain exports
  • New
    Zealand commodity price

June 5:

  • ICE
    Futures Europe weekly commitments of traders report on coffee, cocoa, sugar positions
  • CFTC
    commitments of traders weekly report on positions for various U.S. futures and options, 3:30pm
  • FranceAgriMer
    weekly update on crop conditions
  • Malaysia’s
    palm oil export data for June 1-5

Bloomberg and FI




Corn futures

closed 0.25 lower in July, unchanged in September and up 0.25 in December.  

Funds sold an estimated net 5,000 corn. 

Corn futures initially eased on good US weather prospects. Heat followed by rain  later this week for the US Midwest is seen ideal for early development. 

Newswires are collecting information for the USDA June S&D update.  

US ethanol production increased for the fifth consecutive week to 765,000 barrels per day, up 41,000 from the previous week.  This was below a Bloomberg estimate of 60,000, but still a positive news
for corn bulls.  US ethanol stocks fell 700,000 to 22.476 million barrels.  Traders were looking for a 130,000-barrel decrease.  In mid-April ethanol stocks were 27.689 million barrels.