From: Terry Reilly
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2018 8:01:50 AM (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Subject: FI Morning Grain Comments 09/28/18

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Weather and crop conditions


·         US saw good harvesting weather across the Midwest on Thursday.

·         Frequent showers will occur in the Delta through Tuesday.

·         The Midwest will also be active starting later this week which should slow harvesting before a couple more days of net drying occurs outside the Ohio River Valley region.

·         HRW wheat areas will see a mixture of sunshine and rain.

·         Improving weather across Europe and the CIS is bearish for wheat.

·         SA weather looks good.

·         Canada is seeing too much precipitation in form of snow and rain, and temperatures will remain cool.



                                WEST CORN BELT                             EAST CORN BELT 

Fri-Sat                   40% cvg of up to 0.50”                    35% cvg of up to 0.30”

                                and local amts to 0.80”;                 and local amts to 0.50”;

                                south Ia. wettest                             north Il. wettest

Sun                                                                                        30% cvg of up to 0.25”

                                                                                                and local amts to 0.40”;

                                                                                                wettest north

Sun-Mon             65% cvg of up to 0.75”                   

                                and local amts to 2.0”;                                    

                                Ia. to Wi. wettest

Mon-Tue                                                                             60% cvg of up to 0.50”

                                                                                                and local amts to 1.10”;

                                                                                                SW and north wettest

Tue-Wed             70% cvg of up to 0.75”                   

                                and local amts to 2.0”;                   

                                wettest NE

Wed-Oct 4                                                                          75% cvg of up to 0.60”

                                                                                                and local amts to 1.20”;

                                                                                                driest SW

Oct 4-6                  80% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                and local amts to 2.0”;

                                wettest south

Oct 5-7                                                                                  80% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                                                                                and local amts to 2.0”    

Oct 7-8                  Up to 20% daily cvg of

                                up to 0.25” and locally 

                                more each day 

Oct 8-9                                                                                  Up to 20% daily cvg of

                                                                                                up to 0.25” and locally

                                                                                                more each day 

Oct 9-11               75% cvg of up to 0.65” 

                                and locally more

Oct 10-12                                                                             75% cvg of up to 0.65”

                                                                                                and locally more



                                DELTA                                                   SOUTHEAST

Fri-Sat                   Up to 15% daily cvg of

                                up to 0.25” and locally

                                more each day; some

                                days may be dry

Fri-Mon                                                                                20-40% daily cvg of

                                                                                                up to 0.60” and locally

                                                                                                more each day; south

                                                                                                and east wettest

Sun-Tue               10-25% daily cvg of

                                up to 0.35” and locally

                                more each day                                 

Tue-Oct 5                                                                            Up to 20% daily cvg of

                                                                                                up to 0.20” and locally

                                                                                                more each day; some

                                                                                                days may be dry

Wed-Oct 5          Up to 20% daily cvg of

                                up to 0.20” and locally

                                more each day; some

                                days may be dry

Oct 6-7                  80% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                and local amts to 1.50”

Oct 6-8                                                                                  80% cvg of up to 0.75”

                                                                                                and local amts to 1.50”

Oct 8-10               Up to 20% daily cvg of

                                up to 0.20” and locally

                                more each day

Oct 9-10                                                                               Up to 20% daily cvg of

                                                                                                up to 0.20” and locally   

                                                                                                more each day 

Oct 11-12             60% cvg of up to 0.60”                    60% cvg of up to 0.50”

                                and locally more                               and locally more

Source: World Weather Inc. and FI


Bloomberg weekly agenda


  • USDA grain stockpiles for 3Q, including corn, soy, wheat, barley, noon
  • USDA wheat production report for September, noon
  • Polish crop estimates
  • FranceAgriMer weekly updates on French crop conditions
  • Globoil vegetable oil conference in Mumbai, final day
  • 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

Source: Bloomberg and FI





·         No changes



Weekly Bloomberg Bull/Bear Survey (taken Wed)

·         Raw sugar survey results: Bullish: 2 Bearish: 7 Neutral: 0

·         White sugar: Bullish: 2 Bearish: 7 Neutral: 0

·         White-sugar premium: Widen: 2 Narrow: 6 Neutral: 1

·         Wheat: Bullish: 4 Bearish: 2 Neutral: 6

·         Corn: Bullish: 7 Bearish: 2 Neutral: 3

·         Soybeans: Bullish: 3 Bearish: 6 Neutral: 3




·         US stocks are lower, USD higher, WTI crude near unchanged, and gold slightly higher, at the time this was written. (7:25 am CT)



·         The European Commission lowered its estimate for corn production to 61.9 million tons from 64.2 million previously and compares to 64.5MMT last year.

  • The White House is considering restricting biofuel credit trading. This might be rolled in the E15-all year bill.
  • Reuters: Corn barges loaded this month were bid at about 35 cents a bushel above Chicago Board of Trade December futures CZ8, unchanged from Wednesday. Spot FOB offers were around 45 cents over futures, traders said.



Export Developments

·         China sold 575,469 tons of corn at auction of state reserves at average price of 1,447 yuan ($210.21) per ton, 14.41 percent of total corn available for the auction. Yesterday China sold 2,903,808 tons of corn at auction of state reserves at an average price of 1,550 yuan ($225.49) per ton, 73.49 percent of total corn available at the auction.

·         China will sell 8 million tons of corn for the week ending October 5.

·         China sold about 85.5 million tons of corn out of reserves this season and some are predicting up to 100 million tons will be sold by the end of the marketing season.



Soybean complex.

·         CBOT soybeans are lower on US harvesting pressure and positioning ahead of the USDA Sep 1 stocks report due out at 11 am CT. Meal is finding support after China SBM hit multi month highs overnight and spreading against soybean oil. 

·         Soybean oil futures over the next week could see limited downside on the recent firming of basis across the ECB and Gulf, but energy and palm prices will continue to have a good influence in price fluctuations.

·         Taiwan signed a ceremonial deal to buy $1.56 billion of soybeans from Iowa and Minnesota. (up to 3.9MMT).

·         The European Commission increased its estimate for the rapeseed crop to 19.7MMT t from 19.2 last month, below 21.95 in 2017-18.

·         US harvesting delays are in the spotlight but we think US harvest progress could advance a healthy 11 points to 25 percent, 6 points above average.

·         Next week China is on a week-long holiday.

·         China soybean meal was up 47 yuan or 1.4 percent to 3345 and leading CBOT $5.60 higher.

·         China soybeans were 31 yuan higher (0.8%) and China soybean oil 2 lower. China palm was down 18 yuan or 0.4%.

·         China soybean crush margins on our analysis are running at 163 cents, up from 142 cents last session and compares to 115 late last week and 85 cents a year ago.

·         One analyst expects India’s rapeseed crop to increase to 7 million tons from 6 million tons previously.

·         Dorab Mistry expects Indonesian palm production to hit 40 million tons in 2018, up from previous forecast of 38.5 million tons, and noted palm prices to needed to decline to 2100MYR or $507.25/ton to remain competitive.

·         Oil World looks for a 41MMT Indonesian palm output and 20.3MMT Malaysian palm production. Palm prices could trade between 2200-2600MRY in FH 2019.

·         Malaysia December palm oil was up 8 and leading SBO 27 lower. Malaysian cash palm oil was unchanged at $553.75/ton.

·         Rotterdam oils were higher and SA soybean meal when imported into Rotterdam mostly higher. 

·         Offshore values were suggesting a higher lead for US soybean meal by $2.50 ($7.50 higher for the week to date) and lower lead in SBO by 41 points (48 lower for the week to date).


Export Developments



·         Chicago wheat is mixed and KC & MN mostly weaker as traders await the Small Grains Summery due out at 11 am CT.

·         The European Commission reduced its 2018-19 common wheat production to 128.7MMT from 128.8 last month.


Export Developments.

  • China sold 5,959 tons of imported 2013 wheat at auction of state reserves at an average price of 2,200 yuan ($319.82) per ton, 0.64 percent of total wheat available at the auction.
  • Postponed: UAE seeks 60,000 tons of wheat for Oct/Nov shipment.
  • Results awaited: Ethiopia seeks 200,000 tons of milling wheat for shipment two months after contract signing. Ethiopia got offers from 7 firms. Lowest offer was for 100,000 tons at $272.05/ton, c&f.
  • Morocco seeks 336,364 tons of US durum wheat on September 28 for arrival by December 31.
  • Bahrain seeks 25,000 tons of wheat on October 2 for Nov shipment.
  • Taiwan seeks 110,000 tons of US wheat on October 2 for Nov-Dec shipment.
  • Jordan retendered for another 100,000 tons of feed barley on October 3.
  • Bangladesh seeks 50,000 tons of 12.5 percent wheat on October 9, optional origin.
  • Japan in a SBS import tender seeks 120,000 tons of feed wheat and 200,000 tons of barley on October 10 for arrival by late February. 



·         The Philippines seek 250,000 tons of rice on October 18 for arrival by late November.

·         Mauritius seeks 9,000 tons of rice for delivery between Nov. 15, 2018, and March 31, 2019, set to close is Sept. 27.

·         Thailand seeks to sell 120,000 tons of sugar on October 3.



Terry Reilly

Senior Commodity Analyst – Grain and Oilseeds

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