From: Terry Reilly
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 8:37:26 AM (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Subject: FI Morning Grain Comments 07/11/18

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Weather and crop conditions

  • There were no major changes to the US Midwestern weather forecast.
  • The evening GFS model run in the United States increased rainfall in southern Iowa Saturday into Sunday. Amounts were also increased in western Kansas Sunday into Monday. Rainfall was decreased in week 1 in western Missouri Friday into Sunday.
  • The US Midwest will see several rounds of timely rain are expected during the next two weeks, but not heavy in any locations. Some areas may receive multiple events, resulting in slowing of development.
  • Temperatures will be warmer than normal across the US this week but trend cooler by the end of the week.
  • For areas that receive little or no precipitation, we believe crop stress is most vulnerable across eastern Kansas into Missouri and portions of southeastern Iowa and west-central Illinois. These areas show short top soil moisture, and should be monitored over the next couple of weeks.
  • Rain prospects improve for the Delta.
  • Periodic rainfall and warm temperatures should be good for summer crop development for US hard red wheat.
  • The Canadian Prairies will see rain early this week.
  • There are no issues with Brazil second corn crop harvesting.
  • Europe will continue to see net drying in parts of the northern and western growing regions, but in general weather is expected to improve this weekend into next week for many dry areas.
  • Net drying is expected to persist across eastern Ukraine and in Russia’s southern, central and Volga regions.
  • Australia will see an increase in net drying.

Source: World Weather Inc. and FI



                                WEST CORN BELT                             EAST CORN BELT              

Wed-Thu                                                                             Mostly dry with a few

                                                                                                insignificant showers

Wed-Fri                75% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                and local amts to 2.0”;

                                far south and far NW


Fri-Sat                                                                                   50% cvg of up to 0.65”

                                                                                                and local amts to 1.30”;

                                                                                                south and east driest

Sat-Mon              80% cvg of up to 0.75”                   

                                and local amts to 1.75”;                

                                far NW driest

Sun-Jul 17                                                                            85% cvg of up to 0.75”   

                                                                                                and local amts to 2.0”    

Jul 17                     20% cvg of up to 0.65”

                                and local amts to 1.35”;

                                central areas wettest

Jul 18                                                                                     20% cvg of up to 0.65”

                                                                                                and local amts to 1.40”;

                                                                                                wettest SW

Jul 18-20               60% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                and local amts to 1.50”;

                                wettest NW

Jul 19-20                                                                               40% cvg of up to 0.35”

                                                                                                and local amts to 0.80”;

                                                                                                wettest NW

Jul 21-23               60% cvg of up to 0.50”                    60% cvg of up to 0.40”

                                and locally more                               and locally more 



                                DELTA                                                   SOUTHEAST

Tdy-Wed             20-40% daily cvg of                                          

                                up to 0.60” and locally                    

                                more each day;                                

                                driest north                                       

Wed-Sun                                                                             15-35% daily cvg of

                                                                                                up to 0.75” and locally

                                                                                                more each day

Thu-Fri                  5-20% daily cvg of up                                     

                                to 0.30” and locally                         

                                more each day                                 

Sat-Sun                15-35% daily cvg of

                                up to 0.40” and locally

                                more each day

Mon-Jul 17          40% cvg of up to 0.60”

                                and local amts to 1.30”;

                                wettest north

Mon-Jul 18                                                                          75% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                                                                                and local amts to 2.0”

Jul 18-22               5-20% daily cvg of up                     

                                to 0.30” and locally                         

                                more each day

Jul 19-22                                                                               10-25% daily cvg of

                                                                                                up to 0.30” and locally

                                                                                                more each day

Jul 23-24               10-25% daily cvg of                          15-35% daily cvg of

                                up to 0.40” and locally                    up to 0.50” and locally

                                more each day                                  more each day

Source: World Weather Inc. and FI


Source: World Weather Inc. and FI



  • EIA U.S. weekly ethanol inventories, output, 10:30am
  • USDA weekly crop net-export sales for corn, wheat, soy, cotton, 8:30am
  • FranceAgriMer updates cereals balance sheets
  • Global Ethanol Focus conference in Singapore, final day


  • USDA weekly net-export sales for corn, wheat, soy, cotton, 8:30am
  • U.S. National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center will release its latest forecast for El Nino, 9am
  • USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report for July, noon
  • Brazil coffee exporters group Cecafe releases data on shipments in June and the prospect for exports in 2018-19 crop
  • Strategie Grains publishes monthly EU grains report
  • 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
  • EARNINGS: Suedzucker


  • China’s General Administration of Customs releases preliminary commodity trade data for June, including soy and palm oil, 10pm ET Thursday (10am Beijing Friday)
  • 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 for period ending July 10 on positions for various U.S. futures and options, 3:30pm
  • FranceAgriMer weekly updates on French crop conditions

Source: Bloomberg and FI



·         No changes




·         US stocks are lower, USD turned lower, WTI crude lower, and gold lower, at the time this was written.

·         US PPI Ex Food and Energy June 0.3% M/M: (est 0.2% prev 0.3%)

·         US PPI Ex Food, Energy and Trade June 0.3% M/M: (est 0.2% prev 0.1%)

·         US PPI Final Demand June 3.4% Y/Y: (est 3.1% prev 3.1%)

·         US PPI Ex Food and Energy 2.8% June Y/Y: (est 2.6% prev 2.4%)

·         USPPI Ex Food. Energy and Trade June 2.7% Y/Y: ([rev 2.6%)



  • Corn prices are sitting at contract lows this morning. September is near a 5-month low.
  • Renewed China/US trade fears surfaced late Tuesday after the US president warned another $200 billion of import tariffs could soon go into place.
  • CME increased corn maintenance margins by 11 percent to $800 per contract.
  • Baltic Dry Index was up 31 points to 1,586, or 2%.
  • A Bloomberg survey calls for weekly US ethanol production to average 1.065 (1.067 previous week) and stocks at 21.978 (21.975 last week).
  • USDA plans to end the lockups, giving media an equal footing for access to data before they are released. Media is forbidden to share the data with the public until release time.

·         USDA may increase its yield on Thursday from its current 174.0 bushels. We think they will go to 178.0 bushels.



Export Developments

·         None reported.

·         China sold about 50-51 million tons of corn this season. China will offer more corn on July 12 & 13.



Soybean complex.

·         Soybeans are sharply lower on China/US trade fears and meal was mostly higher early this morning, lifting crush above $2.00. Soybean meal opened the day session near unchanged and trade lower. Soybean oil fell hard following sharp declines in Malaysian palm.

  • CME increased soybean maintenance margins by 11 percent to $2050 per contract.

·         Mato Grosso’s IMEA reported producers slowed sales of soybeans and corn after transportation costs increased. 2018-19 soybean sales were 21% complete at the end of June, compared with 20.8% from the previous month and 9.4% a year ago. Sales of the 2017-18 crop were 86.3%, up from 85.6% at the end of May and little changed from a year ago.

·         Chinese officials are trying to keep local markets and traders calm by exercising monetary policy and issuing statements that they can handle feed use without the assistance of US soybeans. They are also careful on limiting media coverage, according to newswires.

·         Cofco mentioned “China can meet any deficit in its domestic soy market should imports from the U.S. decline.”

·         China September soybean futures decreased 11 yuan per ton or 0.3%, September meal was up 32 or 1.0%, China soybean oil down 40 (0.7%) and China September palm down 52 (1.1%).

·         September China cash crush margins were last running at 63 cents, down a penny from the previous session, and compares to 56 cents last week and 84 a year ago.

·         Rotterdam vegetable oils were lower and SA soybean meal when delivered into Rotterdam were 0.50-4.00 euros higher as of early morning CT time.

·         Indonesia palm and palm kernel exports fell in May to 2.14 million tons from 2.22 million in April, and compare to 2.62 million tons in May 2017, according to GAPKI.

·         Malaysia will lower its August CPO export tax to 4.5 percent from 5 percent in July.

·         September Malaysian palm was 55 lower at MYR2204 and cash down $12.50 at $572.50. 

·         Offshore values were leading soybean oil 55 points lower and meal $0.70/short ton lower.

·         NOPA is due out with the US soybean crush on Monday, July 16.


Export Developments

·         China sold 6286 tons of soybean oil out of 49,000 tons offered at an average price of 5000 yuan per ton, or $754.19/ton, 12.5 percent of what was offered. 

·         China sold 171,778 tons of soybeans out of 493,000 tons offered at an average price of 2995 yuan per ton, or $449.14/ton, 35 percent of what was offered. China sold 832,302 tons of soybeans out of reserves so far, this season.

  • China will offer 61,000 tons of rapeseed oil on July 17.
  • Iran seeks 30,000 tons of sunflower oil on July 10.
  • Iran seeks 30,000 tons of palm olein oils on July 10. 
  • Iran seeks 30,000 tons of soybean oil on August 1.



·         US wheat futures are on the defensive from widespread commodity selling amid China/US trade tensions. 

  • December Paris wheat fell 0.50 euros to 182.75 euros in early US trading hours. 
  • IKAR lowered 2018-19 Russia’s export forecast to 41.0 million tons from 43.2 million previously.
  • Russia plans to sell 1.5 million tons of wheat reserves this marketing year.
  • Black sea wheat dropped yesterday but held relative to WU. BSW SEP fell 1.50 Euro now back at 214.75  down only $1.75/MT from the recent range high while WU has fallen $12/MT. (MPI)
  • Net drying is expected to persist across eastern Ukraine and in Russia’s southern, central and Volga regions.


Export Developments.

  • Japan in a SBS import tender bought 130 tons of barley for arrival by December 28. 
  • Japan in a SBS import tender seeks 120,000 tons of feed wheat and 200,000 tons of barley on July 18 for arrival by December 28. 

·         Jordan passed 120,000 tons of barley for Oct/Nov shipment.

  • China sold 6,000 tons of 2013 imported wheat from state reserves at auction at an average price of 2322 yuan/per ton or $348.07/ton, 0.3 percent of what was offered.

·         Japan seeks 62,865 tons of milling wheat this week. (Reuters)

Details are as follows (in tons):

COUNTRY    TYPE          QUANTITY             

U.S.         Western White            17,177   *

U.S.         Dark Northern Spring (protein minimum 14.0%)  11,353   *

Australia      Standard White (West Australia)        34,335   *

Shipments: * Loading between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30, 2018

·         Mauritius seeks 6,000 tons of white rice on July 13 for Sep 1-Nov 30 shipment.

·         Jordan seeks 120,000 tons of wheat on July 19 for Oct-Nov shipment.






Terry Reilly

Senior Commodity Analyst – Grain and Oilseeds

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