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than rice and nearby Minneapolis wheat, CBOT agriculture commodities traded lower as weather models indicated improving conditions for the US WCB and north of the US border.  Northern and western Alberta will see rain fall periodically.  Northern Saskatchewan
and parts of Manitoba will also get some showers.  For the US, models suggest a cooler than expected August.  Following the hot temperatures over the next week, rain will develop across the WCB and upper Great Plains around the end of this month.  There are
still issues across other parts of the world, most notably China flooding, which in turn could increase their already large appetite for imported grains.  USDA export sales were poor, IMO, except for all-wheat. 







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  • Another
    day of torrential rain and serious flooding occurred from central and eastern Henan into Hebei, China Wednesday.
    • Another
      30.00 inches of rain fell in northeastern Henan Wednesday after a similar amount occurred Tuesday in north-central parts of the province
      • Rain
        totals in the past six days have reached 40-45 inches across these north-central and northeastern Henan locations resulting in horrific flooding
    • World
      Weather, Inc. estimates 91,000 square miles of China crop land may be in flood because of this week’s excessive rain in Hebei and Henan alone
      • Permanent
        crop damage is suspected in a part of this region
  • Typhoon
    In-Fa is still expected to bring torrential rain, flooding and damaging wind to Zhejiang, China this weekend
    • Rainfall
      of 10.00 to 20.00 inches will result in serious flooding with a potential impact on rice and many other crops
  • Western
    Guangdong China reported over 10.00 inches of rain Wednesday from Tropical Depression Cempaka
    • Flooding
      was most significant near the coast and may have impacted a small part of the province’s rice
    • Cempaka
      will move through the northeastern Gulf of Tonka later today and then turn to the east and pass through Hainan, China
      • Most
        of the storm’s intensive rain will drift off into Vietnam limiting the impact on Hainan
  • U.S.
    forecast models are too wet in the western Corn Belt during the first week of August today
    • A
      cool northwesterly flow pattern is expected to evolve aloft, but the frontal boundary and waves of rain advertised in that first week of the month is way overboard and future model runs will have to trend a little drier
      • Some
        rain is expected when the cool air comes into the Midwest, but the amounts advertised are too great and occur too often in the western crop areas
  • U.S.
    outlook in this first week of the outlook is warm and dry in the western Corn Belt with some hot temperatures in the Plains
    • The
      environment will dry down the topsoil and raise some crop and livestock stress, but if the second week outlook trends cooler and wetter as suggested today there might not be much impact from this first week of warm and dry conditions
    • Confidence
      is high that cooling will take place in August, but the changes to wet and cool weather today are overdone
  • Texas
    weather will be mostly good for all summer crops
    • Restricted
      rain and warmer temperatures will slowly firm up the soil and stimulate more aggressive crop development in those areas with abundant soil moisture
    • Dry
      weather in South Texas after Friday will be good for early cotton maturation and the start of harvesting
  • U.S.
    far western states will continue dry biased through the next ten days with warm temperatures, but no oppressive heat
  • Monsoon
    moisture in the southern Rocky Mountain region and Arizona will be frequent and significant enough to improve soil moisture and induce a little runoff
    • Crop
      conditions will steadily improve in Arizona because of expected rainfall
  • Portions
    of Canada’s Prairies will continue to suffer from ongoing dryness
    • Central,
      northern and western Alberta will experience the most significant rainfall during the next ten days translating into improving crop development
    • Temperatures
      are not quite as oppressively hot in Canada as they have been in the past and that is slowing the decline in crop conditions, but the trend remains
  • Southeast
    Canada’s corn, soybean and wheat conditions are rated favorably and weather conditions during the next two weeks will be favorably mixed
  • Brazil
    weather Wednesday and early today produced no more threatening cold and conditions were dry
    • A
      new bout of cooling is expected late next week and into the following weekend, but confidence over another wave of crop damaging cold is low for sugarcane, citrus and coffee areas
    • Wheat
      production areas in southern Brazil could be negatively impacted
  • Brazil
    will see some periodic rain in the south during the next ten days
  • Argentina
    weather will be mostly dry over the next ten days
    • Some
      winter wheat would welcome rain especially in the west, but crop  conditions are much better than last year at this time
    • Crops
      are mostly semi-dormant right now
    • No
      meaningful precipitation fell during the weekend
  • Europe
    is taking a break from frequent rain that occurred from eastern France to Poland last week and during the weekend
    • The
      drier weather is needed
    • Too
      much rain too often delayed small grain maturation and harvest progress and reduced crop quality
      • Some
        winter oilseed conditions may have also been compromised
  • Rain
    will return to Europe from France to Poland this weekend and next week possibly delaying fieldwork and returning concern over unharvested winter crop quality
  • Russia’s
    Southern New Lands and northwestern Kazakhstan will receive rain over the next two days
    • The
      moisture will be good for developing crops and should reduce heat and moisture stress that has evolved recently
      • More
        rain will be needed soon, though
  • Net
    drying will continue in northwestern Russia for a while possibly resulting in a little crop moisture stress for the driest areas
    • Rain
      may improve in these areas next week
  • Some
    net drying is expected in central Ukraine and parts of southwestern Russia over the coming ten days, despite some shower activity
    •  A
      few areas may become a little too dry and crop stress may increase
      • Rain
        will be needed soon to protect production potentials
  • Southwestern
    Xinjiang, China was unusually cool again Wednesday due to rain
    • High
      temperatures were in the 80s and lower 90s northeast and only in the upper 60s and 70s in the far west
    • Rainfall
      in the far west ranged up to 1.57 inches with as much as 2.75 inches at one location.
    • Warming
      and drier weather will occur over the next week
  • Xinjiang
    degree day accumulations continue behind normal
    • Warming
      is needed and expected along with drier weather
  • India
    rainfall over the next two weeks will slowly increase bringing rain to most of the nation and improve crop and field conditions over time
    • There
      is some concern over net drying in the far south and extreme northwest, but most other areas will receive sufficient rain to bolster soil moisture and support improving crop development and long term moisture supply
  • Ivory
    Coast and Ghana rainfall will be restricted over the next couple of weeks
    • Seasonal
      rainfall should return normally in September, but August rainfall will be lighter than usual
  • Other
    areas in West Africa will see a better distribution of rain
  • East-central
    Africa rainfall will continue favorable for coffee and cocoa, although some areas in Uganda and Kenya may receive less than usual rainfall
    • Ethiopia
      rainfall is expected to continue improving after a slow start to the rainy season
  • Southern
    Oscillation Index has reached back about +14.43 and it is expected to remain strongly positive this week while slowly leveling off after a strong rising trend since June 22 when the index  was -3.36
  • Southeast
    Asia rainfall recently and that which is expected in the next two weeks will continue somewhat erratic
    • Laos,
      Cambodia and northern Philippines will see the greatest rainfall
    • Southern
      Sumatra and Java, Indonesia may experience less than usual rainfall for a while
    • Thailand
      will also experience less than usual rainfall in pockets, although there has been some beneficial moisture recently
  • Australia
    weather this month has been ideal for improving winter wheat, barley and canola establishment in much of the nation
    • Some
      additional rain is still needed in South Australia, northwestern Victoria and from western New South Wales to Queensland
  • South
    Africa has been cold during the past week with waves of rain in the southwest
    • Weekend
      rainfall was still cool, but rain ended in many areas
    • The
      moisture has been good for future wheat development
    • Dryness
      remains in some of the unirrigated eastern wheat production areas
    • Some
      warming is expected over the coming week, but the precipitation anomalies will prevail
  • Mexico
    weather has improved with increased rainfall in the south and west parts of the nation
    • Drought
      conditions are waning and crops are performing better
    • Dryness
      remains in Chihuahua and northeastern parts of the nation
    • Weather
      over the next ten days will offer some relief, but more rain will be needed in the drier areas
  • Central
    America rainfall has been plentiful and will remain that way except in Honduras where recent rainfall has been lighter and more sporadic than usual
    • Nicaragua
      has received frequent bouts of rain this month easing long term dryness, but more may be needed in some locations
  • New
    Zealand rainfall during the coming week will be near to above normal in North Island and western portions of South Island while below average in eastern South Island
    • Temperatures
      will be seasonable

World Weather Inc. 


Ag Calendar

July 22:

  • USDA
    weekly crop net-export sales for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, pork, beef, 8:30am
  • USDA
    to release world supply-demand outlook for orange and its juice
  • Port
    of Rouen data on French grain exports
  • USDA
    total milk, red meat production
  • U.S.
    cold storage data – pork, beef, poultry

July 23:

  • ICE
    Futures Europe weekly commitments of traders report (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
  • U.S.
    cattle on feed, poultry slaughter, cattle inventory

Bloomberg and FI


Export Sales

export sales were poor for corn, soybean meal (marketing year low) and soybean oil.  Soybeans were on the low side of expectations and wheat was within.  The report is viewed negative for the soybean complex and corn.  Pork sales were ok at 24,500 tons and
included 10k for Mexico.  There were 52,200 tons of sorghum sales, for Japan and Mexico. 





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