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Attached is our US corn S&D. 

China bought a large amount of US new-crop corn but the December contract settled 2.75 cents lower, on less threatening US weather.  Soybean oil rallied 38-39 points, meal was slightly higher and beans 2.0-4.0 higher.  Wheat was mixed with pressure on KC type wheat.  The morning forecast was wetter for some of the northern wheat states. 


Weather and Crop Progress

MARKET WEATHER MENTALITY FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS:  U.S. weather is advertised to be unsettled enough over the next two weeks to limit problems with moisture stress to small parts of the production region. The majority of Midwestern crop areas will see a favorable mix of weather during the next ten days, but that does not mean a little moisture stress will not take place in a few pockets.

            Concern over crop conditions in France and neighboring areas of the U.K, and Germany will continue as well as in the Balkan Countries and from eastern Ukraine to Russia’s Southern Region, despite some shower activity in the next couple of days.

            Worry over Russia’s central New Lands where sunseed is produced may continue this workweek, but relief is expected briefly this weekend into next week.  China’s biggest threat is due to flooding, but only a minor amount of coarse grain and oilseed is being lost from that event.

            Australia and Canada’s canola crops are improving with little change likely. There are still some notable concerns about too much moisture in parts of Alberta and northwestern Saskatchewan and not enough in parts of the eastern Canada Prairies.

            Overall, weather today will generate a mixed influence on market mentality with some bearish bias lingering.


MARKET WEATHER MENTALITY FOR WHEAT:  Most of the damage to world wheat has likely been swallowed by the market with recent USDA and other agency reports. Dryness continues in northwestern and southeastern Europe, Russia’s Southern Region and now Russia’s central New Lands, although rain is expected in the central New Lands this weekend into next week.

            China’s spring wheat crop is likely developing well and Australia’s crop looks a little better as each weak moves along. Western Argentina, however, is still too dry. South Africa has received some welcome rain to improve its western wheat crop, but small grains farther east are still quite dry.

            Spring wheat in the northern U.S., Plains, Pacific Northwest and Canada’s Prairies varies greatly with too much moisture in western Alberta and some pockets of notable dryness from North Dakota into eastern Saskatchewan.

            Overall weather today will likely have a neutral to slight bullish bias on market mentality.


Source: World Weather Inc. and FI


Bloomberg Ag Calendar

TUESDAY, July 14:

  • China trade data, incl. soybeans, edible oil, rubber and meat & offal imports
  • HOLIDAY: France


  • EIA U.S. weekly ethanol inventories, production, 10:30am
  • Brazil chicken, pork group ABPA’s press conference on output, exports
  • International Sugar Organization’s online conference on Covid-19 impact on sugar and alcohol
  • Malaysia’s palm oil export data for July 1-15

THURSDAY, July 16:

  • USDA weekly crop net-export sales for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, pork, beef, 8:30am
  • Port of Rouen data on French grain exports
  • North America 2Q cocoa grindings
  • European Cocoa Association 2Q grind data

FRIDAY, July 17:

  • ICE Futures Europe weekly commitments of traders report, 1:30pm (6:30pm London)
  • CFTC commitments of traders weekly report on positions for various U.S. futures and options, 3:30pm
  • FranceAgriMer weekly update on crop conditions
  • Cocoa Association of Asia releases 2Q cocoa grind data

Source: Bloomberg and FI



US CPI (M/M) Jun: 0.6% (exp 0.5%; prev -0.1%)

–         CPI (Y/Y) Jun: 0.6% (exp 0.6%; prev 0.1%)

–         CPI Ex Food And Energy (M/M) Jun: 0.2% (exp 0.1%; prev -0.1%)

–         CPI Ex Food And Energy (Y/Y) Jun: 1.2% (exp 1.1%; prev 1.2%)



·         The USD was 18 lower as of 2:04 PM CT.  

·         USDA Attaché see Brazil 2019-20 corn production at 100 million tons and 2020-21 at 103 million tons. 


·         China’s Sinograin said they see no quality issues with corn stockpiles. 

·         We are using 14.939 billion bushels for the US corn production, 61 million below USDA July of 15.000 billion.

·         A Bloomberg poll looks for weekly US ethanol production to be up 14,000 at 928,000 barrels (920-935 range) from the previous week and stocks to increase 226,000 barrels to 20.846 million. 


Corn Export Developments

·         Under the 24-hour reporting system, private exporters sold 1,762,000 tons of corn for delivery to China during the 2020/2021 marketing year.

  • South Korea’s MFG bought 131,000 tons of corn, optional origin, at $188.99/ton C&F and $189.55/ton C&F, with arrival near the end of November and December, respectively. 
  • Iran seeks 200,000 tons of corn and 200,000 tons of barley on Wednesday for Aug/Sep delivery. 





Updated 7/10/20

  • September corn is seen in a $3.20 and $3.65 range over the short term.  December lows could reach $3.10. 


Soybean complex.

·         Soybeans traded higher in part to sharply higher soybean oil. Meal was moderately higher.  Soybean oil was supported by higher palm traded in Malaysia (4-month high) and China, along with a strong cash price in Brazil.  AgriCensus noted the Brazilian soybean oil price hit its highest level since February ($728.75/ton fob).  For comparison, Argentina soybean oil was around $706.75. 

·         A drop in US soybean conditions by 3 points supported prices.  The IL soybean rating fell 4 points and OH was down 6.  NE dropped 3 points. 

·         We heard China bought 4-6 soybean cargoes on Monday, majority out of the US for Q4 shipment. 

·         The USDA Attaché estimated Brazil soybean production at a large 130 million tons.  That is a massive figure and suggests US soybean exports could again be capped during FH 2021.  https://apps.fas.usda.gov/newgainapi/api/Report/DownloadReportByFileName?fileName=Oilseeds%20and%20Products%20Update_Brasilia_Brazil_07-01-2020

·         China June soybean imports reached 11.16 million tons versus 9.38 million in May and 6.51 million tons in June 2019. 

·         China is on track to import 96-98 million tons of soybeans in 2019-20, up from 82.4 million tons in 2018-19 and 94.2 million in 2017-18. 

·         Paraguay Jan-Jun soybean exports were 3.96 million tons, up 8.5% from the same period year earlier. 

·         US soybean basis was largely steady on Tuesday.  Lincoln NE was down 5 cents. 


Oilseeds Export Developments

·         Under the 24-hour reporting system, private exporters sold 129,000 tons of soybeans for delivery to China during the 2020/2021 marketing year.





Updated 7/10/20

  • August soybeans are seen in a $8.60-$9.10 range, over the medium term (MT).
  • August soybean meal is seen in a $275 to $310 range over the short term.  (ST)
  • August soybean oil range is seen in a 27.00 to 28.50 range over the short term



·         US wheat futures traded higher in Chicago, lower in KC and unchanged to moderately lower in MN.  The morning weather outlook appeared to be wetter for some of the northern Great Plains wheat states.  The  2-point decline in US spring wheat ratings and another downgrade to the Russian wheat crop created a two-sided trade.  Paris wheat was higher.  Today was a public holiday across France. 

·         Egypt bought 114,000 tons of Russian wheat.  Authorities will re-allow agriculture inspectors to check wheat cargoes at port of origin. 

·         SovEcon lowered their 2020 Russian wheat crop to 79.7 million tons from 80.8 million tons previous.  Low yields for the southern region were to blame.  Yesterday IKAR downgraded their 2020 Russian wheat crop by 1.5 million tons to 76.5 million tons. 

·         With 68 percent of the US winter wheat harvested, selling pressure in KC wheat should start to ease. 

·         Look for additional USDA sales later this week if China decides to take advantage of the recent price break in KC wheat futures. 

·         APK-Inform: Ukraine 2020 wheat crop forecast at 25.3 million tons from 24.5 million tons.  This is a bit suspiring as we heard another consultancy was indicating a downgrade to the Ukraine crop.

·         Paris December wheat was up 1.00 at 186.75.


Export Developments.

·         Egypt bought 114,000 tons of Russian wheat for August 16-26 shipment. $211.90/ton + $14.85 freight = $226.75. 

·         Jordan bought 60,000 tons of wheat, optional origin, for second half December shipment.  It was bought at $244.50/ton c&f.   

·         Japan seeks 125,957 tons of food wheat from the US, Canada, and/or Australia. 

  • Syria seeks 200,000 tons of milling wheat from Russia by July 28. 



  • None reported


Updated 7/10/20

  • Chicago September is seen in a $5.15-$5.55 range, over the short term.
  • KC September; $4.35-$4.75 range over the medium term. 
  • MN September $5.05-$5.30 range.


Terry Reilly

Senior Commodity Analyst – Grain and Oilseeds

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