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The Allendale Wake-Up Call

RSS By: Paul Georgy,

Paul Georgy serves as president/CEO of Allendale, Inc., a worldwide agricultural advisory and research firm that provides agricultural commodity price research and risk management alternatives for producers, major food companies, international corporations, foreign governments, and major news vendors.

Could We Have Planted More Than 42% Last Week?

May 20, 2013

Good Morning! Paul Georgy with early morning comments for May 20, 2013 at 5:05 am. Grain futures are mixed with old crop higher and new crop lower. Trade is looking for over 60% of the corn crop to be planted this afternoon. The record corn planted for last week was 42% in 1992. Some are talking about a record planting pace last week which would mean 70% total plantings for corn. Weather gave producers a few more hours to do fieldwork in most of the Midwest over the weekend. A system moved across northern IA into southern MN and WI yesterday. In years of similar delayed planting, corn was able to out produce trend yield 50% of the time. Soybean planting is expected to increase from last week at 6% up to 30 to 35% this week. Spreaders continue to be a market mover as cash corn is extremely tight and planting progress improves. However we have heard of more cash beans moving on Friday after July futures plus basis put prices at highs not seen since March. Beneficial rains fell on the southern plains wheat region over the weekend. Weather forecasts this week will still be a market mover as we approach the Memorial Day holiday next Monday. Brazil’s congress approved legislation to open the state owned ports to private investors in an effort to rid the country of export delays. Managed Money increased long positions by 14,000 corn contracts and 10,762 in soybeans. They also increased short position in wheat by 6,781 contracts last week. Livestock futures fell on Friday due to a concern of a disease in US hogs. The bottom line is that there has been more detection of PED which could cause a tighter supply of hogs in 4 to 6 months as it could reduce litter survival rates. The Cattle on feed report was a bit negative but will the market stay under pressure after the sharp selloff on Friday and the oversold condition of June futures? Boxed beef values were mixed on Friday with choice posting new all-time highs at 209.51 up .74. Select was down .40. The feeder index was up .90 to 135.40. Pork cutout values were up .12. Outside markets are under pressure again this morning. The May Allendale Ag Leaders Webinar is set for May 28 at 8 PM.

Markets as of 5:05 AM

  • Jul #Corn    +2 3/4
  • Jul #Beans   +4
  • Jul #Wheat   - 3/4
  • Jun #Cattle  Steady-Lower
  • Jun #Hogs    Steady-Lower
  • Jun Dlr     -.23
  • Jun S&P     -.25
  • Jun Crude   -.50
  • Jun Gold    -15.20

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