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Power Hour: Falling Prices Are Attracting Global Buyers

November 26, 2012
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

As prices soften, there’s a good chance global demand of U.S. grains will return, say two market experts.

U.S. exports have steadily declined as grain prices reached new highs this year. But, they may start heading the other way.

Jim Hemminger, Top Third Ag Marketing, says corn exports have not been good for several month. "We took prices up to a level where we were not competitive with Brazil, Argentina and the Ukraine."

 

But, now even other countries are running short on supplies. Hemminger says these countries may not have corn supplies after December and U.S. corn prices have declined. This combination should prove advantageous for U.S. farmers, he says.

 

"The corn market has more solid footing now than it did a month ago," he says. "I wouldn’t be surprised to see weekly export numbers to start showing some increases."

 

Jim Bower, Bower Trading, agrees that the export market is showing some hints it may pick up.

 

All Eyes on South American Weather

Bower says now the markets are keeping close tabs on the weather in South America, for clues on how big of crops will be grown there.

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