Crop prices are beginning the annual meteorological reaction. Adverse weather gives price increase and favorable weather takes it away.
Much of the weather premium was removed from the market in recent price declines. Dollar exchange rates have been volatile and affect prices directly. Beef prices are rising but cattle on feed declined 12 percent in May and another 3 percent in June. Pork exports are increasing but herds of swine and cattle are near a decade low. Fewer animals on feed reduce grain use. Feed remains the number one use of grains and soy-meal. Indian monsoon rains are expected to decrease 32 percent below average. That will limit crop production there and possibly exports.
Bullish factors: Palm oil supply is down 35 percent. Palm oil prices are rising faster than soy oil prices. Soybeans meal and oil prices are following Palm oil prices higher. Export inspections exceed 13 million bushels. Planting is much later than average. Farmer selling remains light. Canadian canola acres are down 2 percent. Weekly export sales near 251,000 tons met market anticipations.
Bearish factors: Soybean acres expected to increase by 2.5 million. Weather is favorable for planting. Soy meal supplies are at historically high levels near 600.000 tons. Soybean crush came in at 146 million bushels that was a whopping 2 million below the 148 million market expectation. The market trend is turning negative. China has suspended export taxes on soybeans and grain in suspected preparation for selling beans and grain exports.
Bullish factors: Corn acres are expected to decline to 83 million acres from 85 million. Much of the weather premium has been removed from the corn market. Market traders may not have factored stink bug infestations and dry weather potential into this market. Export inspections increased 6 percent in a week to 38 million bushels. Farmer selling remains light. Exports exceed market expectations by 14 percent at 1.14 million tons.
Bearish factors: Favorable weather for production makes the 153 – 155 bushel / acre USDA estimate logically acceptable. Economic recession is not over. The demand for meat is low reducing feed grain use. EPA regulations could limit the profitability of ethanol and the growth of bio fuel industries.
Bullish factors: Wheat acres are expected to drop 300,000. Wheat production may also be limited with later than average planting for spring wheat. Farmer selling in wheat markets is lower than markets anticipated. U.S. wheat production is not only less than average quantity but quality is also an issue. Test weights are below average.
(Test weight dockage begins at 58 and increases significantly at 56. Test weights of 50 have been reported. )
Bearish factors: World wheat supplies are ample depressing demand for U. S. wheat and therefore prices. The U. S. winter wheat crop is adding to that world supply. Winter wheat production potential increased in the southern hemisphere. Australia and Argentina have favorable rain. Export inspections above 13 million bushels did not meet market expectations. Wheat fundamentals of supply and demand are bearish and so are the short term technical charts.
Bullish factors: Increasing world stock prices push cotton prices higher but any fall in prices will have the opposite effect. Cotton crop condition ratings are declining as squaring is behind average belt-wide. Acres are fewer than intended. Half the nation’s cotton crop is in Texas where abandonment from dry weather is possible. Late planted cotton has lower production potential. Cotton prices are cheap enough to attract buyers. Turkey was the big buyer this week driving exports to 177,000 tons.
Bearish factors: Trader selling took prices down but that activity has slowed to a near crawl. India is expected to increase cotton exports by 10 percent. Weather has been favorable for Texas cotton production. Stored cotton in the United States and China remains available.