From: Terry Reilly
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2018 5:32:19 PM (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Subject: FI Evening Grain Comments 09/14/18

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Weather and crop conditions


time of arrival graphic



                        WEST CORN BELT              EAST CORN BELT  

Tdy-Sat                                                                                 5-20% daily cvg of up

                                                                                                to 0.25” and locally

                                                                                                more each day;

                                                                                                wettest east

Tdy-Sun               15-20% daily cvg of                         

                                up to 0.60” and locally                   

                                more each day;                                

                                wettest NW                                      

Sun-Mon                                                                             30% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                                                                                and local amts to 1.50”;

                                                                                                wettest east

Mon-Tue             65% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                and local amts to 2.0”;

                                east Neb. to north Ia.

                                and central and south

                                Mn.; far NW and far

                                south driest

Tue                                                                                        20% cvg of up to 0.40”

                                                                                                and locally more;

                                                                                                wettest NW

Wed-Thu             85% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                and local amts to 2.0”;

                                east S.D. to north Ia.

                                and Wisc. wettest;

                                far NW driest

Wed-Sep 21                                                                       85% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                                                                                and local amts to 1.75”

Sep 21-23            10-25% daily cvg of                         

                                up to 0.30” and locally                   

                                more each day

Sep 22-24                                                                            5-20% daily cvg of up

                                                                                                to 0.25” and locally

                                                                                                more each day

Sep 24-26            70% cvg of up to 0.70”

                                and locally more

Sep 25-26                                                                            75% cvg of up to 0.70”

                                                                                                and locally more

Sep 27-28            5-20% daily cvg of up                      5-20% daily cvg of up

                                to 0.30” and locally                          to 0.30” and locally         

                                more each day                                  more each day



                        DELTA                                   SOUTHEAST

Sat-Sun                Mostly dry with a few

                                insignificant showers

Mon-Thu             Up to 20% daily cvg of                   

                                up to 0.30” and locally                   

                                more each day; some                   

                                days may be dry

Tdy-Mon                                                                             50% cvg of 10.0-20.0”

                                                                                                and locally more from

                                                                                                east-central N.C. through

                                                                                                the north S.C. coast to the

                                                                                                N.C. and S.C. border and

                                                                                                1.50-7.0” and locally more

                                                                                                elsewhere in the Carolinas

                                                                                                and south Va.    Ga. with up

                                                                                                to 1.50” and locally more

                                                                                                elsewhere; Rain is from

                                                                                                Hurricane Florence

Tue-Thu                                                                               10-25% daily cvg of

                                                                                                up to 0.35” and locally

                                                                                                more each day

Sep 21-22            80% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                and local amts to 1.50”

Sep 21-23                                                                            80% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                                                                                and local amts to 2.0

Sep 23-24            5-20% daily cvg of up

                                to 0.25” and locally                                         

                                more each day                                 

Sep 24                                                                                   15% cvg of up to 0.25”

                                                                                                and locally more

Sep 25-26            60% cvg of up to 0.50”

                                and locally more

Sep 25-27                                                                            65% cvg of up to 0.50”

                                                                                                and locally more

Sep 27-28            10-25% daily cvg of

                                up to 0.30” and locally                                   

                                more each day                                 

Source: World Weather and FI


SA Week 1 Accum Precipitation (mm) Forecast


Source: World Weather INC and FI


Bloomberg weekly agenda


  • ICE Futures Europe commitments of traders weekly report on coffee, cocoa, sugar positions, ~1:30pm ET (~6:30pm London)
  • CFTC commitments of traders weekly report on positions for various U.S. futures and options, 3:30pm
  • FranceAgriMer weekly updates on French crop conditions
  • Malaysia to announce crude palm oil export tax for October


  • Japan, Malaysia on public holidays
    • Rubber futures trading on Tokyo Commodity Exchange as well as palm oil on Bursa Malaysia will be halted
  • EU’s monthly Monitoring Agricultural Resources (MARS) bulletin on crop progress and weather conditions in Europe
  • UN FAO releases report on agricultural commodity markets, with focus on trade, climate change and food security
  • EU weekly grain, oilseed import and export data, 10am ET (3pm London)
  • USDA weekly corn, soybean, wheat export inspections, 11am
  • U.S. National Oilseed Processors Association data on soy processing, noon
  • USDA weekly crop progress report, 4pm
  • Ivory Coast weekly cocoa arrivals


  • New Zealand dairy auction on Global Dairy Trade online market starts ~7am ET (~noon London, ~11pm Wellington)
  • Brazil’s crop agency Conab releases its 3rd estimate for 2018 coffee crop
  • Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) releases agricultural commodities report
  • The United Nations General Assembly opens, with general debate to begin Sept. 25, including speeches from numerous world leaders
  • EARNINGS: General Mills Inc.


  • EIA U.S. weekly ethanol inventories, output, 10:30am
  • USDA milk production data for August, 3pm
  • Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) holds Intl Palm Oil Sustainability Conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Sept. 19-20; Executives from FAO, Nestle, Olam, Sime Darby, MPOB expected to attend
  • INTL FCStone holds agribusiness conference in Sao Paulo, with Finance Minister Eduardo Guardia and BRF CEO Pedro Parente due to speak


  • Intertek and AmSpec release their respective data on Malaysia’s Sept. 1-20 palm oil exports, 11pm ET Wednesday (11am Kuala Lumpur Thursday)
    • SGS data for same period, 3am ET Thursday (3pm Kuala Lumpur Thursday)
  • USDA weekly net-export sales for corn, wheat, soy, cotton, 8:30am
  • USDA red meat production for August, 3pm
  • Port of Rouen data on French grain exports
  • Buenos Aires Grain Exchange weekly crop report
  • Bloomberg weekly survey of analysts’ expectations on grain, sugar prices
  • Intl Palm Oil Sustainability Conference in Kota Kinabalu, final day


  • Ghana public holiday
  • FranceAgriMer weekly updates on French crop conditions
  • ICE Futures Europe commitments of traders weekly report on coffee, cocoa, sugar positions, ~1:30pm ET (~6:30pm London)
  • USDA cattle-on-feed report for August, 3pm
  • CFTC commitments of traders weekly report on positions for various U.S. futures and options, 3:30pm

Source: Bloomberg and FI



CFTC Commitment of Traders

·         Note the oats positions were removed from the weekly CFTC report.

·         Managed money established a new record short position in soybean oil for futures only and futures and options combined as of last Tuesday, at 97,265 and 97,356 contracts, respectively.

·         Traditional funds were heavier sellers in corn, soybeans, wheat and soybean oil than what the trade expected.







·         USD traded higher

·         US Retail Sales (M/M) Aug: 0.1% (est 0.4% ; prevR 0.7% ; prev 0.5%)

          US Retail Sales Ex-Autos (M/M) Aug: 0.3% (est 0.5%; prevR 0.9% ; prev 0.6%)

          US Retail Sales Ex Gas/Autos Aug: 0.2% (prevR 0.9% ; prev 0.6%)

          US Retail Control Aug: 0.1% (est 0.4% ; prevR 0.8% ; prev 0.5%)

·         US Import Prices (M/M) Aug: -0.6% (est -0.2% ; prevR -0.1% ; prev 0.0%)

·         US Export Prices (M/M) Aug: -0.1% (est 0.0% ; prev -0.5%)


CME 2019 delivery differentials



·         Funds bought an estimated net 5,000 corn contracts.

  • US officials reported a mild case of bird flu in California.
  • Traders should not be looking for widespread crop losses from the current hurricane. Georgia, North Caroline and South Carolina make up 4.0% of the US corn crop.
  • China reported at least two more outbreaks of African swine fever, including Inner Mongolia.
  • China reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Xinjiang.


Export Developments

·         China sold 1,026,049 tons of corn at auction from state reserves at an average price of 1,444 yuan ($210.70) per ton, 26 percent of total corn available at the auction.

·         Yesterday China sold 2,902,204 tons of corn at auction from state reserves at an average price of 1,567 yuan ($228.81) per ton, 73.28 percent of total corn available at the auction.

·         China will sell another 8 million tons of corn next week.

·         China sold about 80 million tons of corn out of reserves this season.


Soybean complex.

·         Soybeans started higher on light technical buying but turned lower on chatter soybean yields in the Delta are good, and large US supply prospects. USD was more than 40 points higher in early afternoon trading.

·         Earlier today we learned President Trump instructed aides to proceed with tariffs on about $200 billion more in Chinese products.

·         November soybeans closed 2.75 cents lower. December meal was down $6.20/short ton and December soybean oil was 3 points lower. Offshore values this morning were suggesting a higher lead for US soybean meal by $0.90 ($2.00 lower for the week to date) and higher lead for soybean oil by 19 points (94 higher for the week).

·         Funds sold 3,000 soybeans, sold 7,000 meal and were even in soybean oil.

·         Argentina’s Bourse Exchange said Argentina’s soybean area may rise rather than fall this season.

·         Argentina bought at least 2 US soybean cargos late this week, which should bring outstanding US soybean export sales to at least 880,000 tons. Some traders think Argentina so far about over one million tons from the US.  Questions we have is will Brazil do the same? Buying US soybeans and crushing them in SA is not a bad idea, especially if China ramps up oilmeal imports from several exporting countries. 

·         Gulf soybean basis remains historically low.

·         India imported 1.5 million tons of vegetable oils in August, up 11 percent from a year ago and palm oil accounted for 920,894 tons of the total. Soybean oil imports were 312,049 tons, better than previous month amounts.

·         Malaysia November palm fell to a two-week low.


Brazil’s AgMin updated reporters on trade stats. As Reuters picked up they “exported 50.9 million tons of soybeans to China from January to August, or 78.8 percent of its total exports of the oilseed, as a trade war with the U.S. drives up the Asian nation’s demand for soy from alternative sources. That compares with 44.1 million tons of soybeans that Brazil exported to China in the same period last year, accounting for 77.5 percent of the country’s total exports of the commodity, the agriculture ministry reported on Friday.

Brazil’s overall soybean exports are up 20 percent year-on-year to $25.72 billion by value, for the period, hitting a record of 64.6 million tons by volume.”


NOPA is due out Monday. Reuters has 163.9 average and Bloomberg is at 163.5. Reuters stocks 1762 and Bloomberg 1751, both close enough for government work. However, we heard at least three other estimates that were not polled have the crush below 160, with two in the 156-157 range. 



Export Developments

·         The CCC seeks 1540 tons of fully refined vegetable oil on September 18 for carious countries for Oct/Nov delivery.

  • Iran seeks 30,000 tons of sunflower oil on September 24.
  • China sold about 2.29 MMT of soybeans out of reserves this season.



·         US wheat traded higher on speculation Russia will have to curb wheat exports given the rapid pace of current exports and quality problems. We are hearing importers are complaining about foreign materials in their shipments. There was talk about one country possibly turning down a cargo. 

·         Funds bought an estimated net 6,000 Chicago wheat contracts.

·         Russian winter grain plantings have stalled or yet to start in drought affected areas, but several disturbances will occur across the CIS over the next week.

·         December Paris wheat increased 1.00 euro to 197.75 euros.



Export Developments.

·         China sold 5,143 tons of imported 2013 wheat at auction of state reserves at an average price of 2,188 yuan per ton, 0.5 percent of the total wheat available at the auction.

  • Iraq seeks 50,000 tons of wheat on September 23, with offers valid until September 27.  Iraq needs wheat for four after Turkey restricted flour shipments.
  • Tunisia bought 67,000 tons of milling wheat, 75,000 tons of durum and 50,000 tons of barley for Oct/Dec shipment.
  • Syria’s General Establishment for Cereal Processing and Trade (Hoboob) seeks 200,000 tons of soft bread wheat from Russia, Romania or Bulgaria, with shipment sought between Oct. 15 and Dec. 15. The deadline is Sept. 17 and requires payment in Syrian pounds.
  • Ethiopia seeks 200,000 tons of milling wheat on September 18 for shipment two months after contract signing.
  • Japan in a SBS import tender seeks 120,000 tons of feed wheat and 200,000 tons of barley on September 19 for arrival by late February. 
  • Morocco seeks 336,364 tons of US durum wheat on September 28 for arrival by December 31.



·         Iraq seeks 30,000 tons of rice from India on October 9 for LH October / FH November shipment.


Terry Reilly

Senior Commodity Analyst – Grain and Oilseeds

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