From: Terry Reilly
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 5:09:58 PM (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Subject: FI Evening Grain Comments 06/02/20

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hit a fresh 11-year high.  China bought at least three cargoes of US soybeans Monday for Q4 out of the Gulf and PNW.  Taiwan is in for corn and Jordan for wheat.  Prices below are NA. See attached last trade chain after the wheat section.




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 1.0-3.0 cents higher (bear spreading) on higher soybeans. With July soybeans higher than November, soybean/corn spreading could be justified. The improvement in US corn conditions and improving US weather failed to send prices lower.   Temperatures
will warm up to above normal this week across the Corn Belt this week which is what the corn crop needs for establishment and growth. 

FC Stone lowered their Brazil winter corn crop estimate to 71.4 million tons from 72.6 million last month. Total production was seen at 98.8 million tons, down 1.2 percent from their May estimate. 

Funds bought an estimated net 2,000 corn. 

USDA reported US corn conditions at 74 percent, up 4 points from the previous week, 3 points above an average trade guess and 3 points above average. 

Soybean and Corn Advisor:

2019/20 Brazil Corn Estimate Unchanged at 96.0 Million Tons

2020 Argentina Corn Estimate Unchanged at 49.0 Million Tons

A Bloomberg poll looks for weekly US ethanol production to be up 60,000 at 784,000 barrels (744-802 range) from the previous week and stocks to decrease 130,000 barrels to 23.176 million.


Export Developments

  • Taiwan’s
    MFIG seeks up to 65,000 tons of corn (US, Brazil, Argentina or South Africa) on June 3 for Sep-Oct shipment.








  • The
    US will see a drier bias in many areas over the coming week with temperatures warmer than usual.

Brazil May soybean exports reached 15.5 million tons versus 10 million for May 2019. 

India’s Indian Vegetable Oils Producers’ Association (IVPA) projected vegetable oil imports in June could rise to 1.14 million tons, up from an average of 865,000 tons during April-May.

Malaysian pa
ended higher on expectations for May production of palm oil to decline from April. 

Soybean and Corn Advisor:

2019/20 Brazil Soybean Estimate Unchanged at 121.0 Million Tons

2020 Argentina Soybean Estimate Unchanged at 50.0 Million Tons

The European Union reported soybean import licenses since July 1 at 13.833 million tons, below 13.863 million tons a year ago. European Union soybean meal import licenses are running at 16.462 million tons
so far for 2019-20, above 16.302 million tons a year ago. EU palm oil import licenses are running at 5.246 million tons for 2019-20, down from 5.891 million tons a year ago, or down 11 percent.

European Union rapeseed import licenses since July 1 were 5.594 million tons, up 50 percent from 3.911 million tons from the same period a year ago.



Export Developments

  • Under
    the USDA 24-hour reporting system, private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture export sales of 132,000 tons of soybeans for delivery to China during the 2020-21 marketing year. 

  • Today
    the USDA seeks 12,500 tons of packaged vegetable oil for July shipment. 

  • The
    CCC under the PL 480 program seeks 5,000 tons of vegetable oils in 4-liter cans for July-September shipment on June 3. 


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