Grains finished lower with the biggest losses in wheat. March corn finished 5 ½ cents lower at $6.37, March soybeans down 4 cents at $12.27 ½, and March wheat down 14 ¾ cents at $6.46.
The USDA report didn’t reveal much difference from the market’s expectations. The few main differences that I see are a higher world wheat carryout and smaller reductions than expected for South American production. Total corn production combined between Argentina and Brazil was estimated by the market to be down about 5.1 MMTs and the USDA only reduced it by 4 MMTs with a total of 83 MMTs expected.
Some analysts have been calling for much larger production cuts. Our thought is we have passed the critical risk time period and have had regular rains since, so we don’t expect further mark downs from the USDA anytime soon.
The world wheat carryout seems to continue to grow. This is a looming competitor to our corn exports and should continue to put a cap on corn so long as we still have feed options in the world. Combine that with lower cattle numbers and record ethanol stocks and we have a potential to keep demand increases limited this year. The market that really needs to keep acres is corn and as long as it gets the 94-95 million acres that we think it can, the long term price risk remains.
US corn carryout – 801 million, expected 790, Jan report – 846
US bean carryout – 275 million, expected 270, Jan report – 275
US wheat carryout – 845 million, expected 860, Jan report – 870
Argentine corn production lowered to 22 MMTs, ave guess at 22.3, Jan report at 26
Brazilian corn production at 61 MMTs, ave guess at 59.6, Jan report at 61
World wheat carryover 213.1 MMTs, Jan report 210
World corn carryover 125.4 MMTs, Jan report 128.1
Argentine bean production lowered to 48 MMTs, Jan report at 50.5
Brazilian bean production lowered to 72 MMTs, Jan report at 74
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