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Ted is the Chief Market Strategist and Vice President in charge of the Zaner Ag Hedge Group and specializes in agricultural hedging employing various strategies using futures, futures spreads, outright options and option combinations. He believes it is paramount to be able to use different strategies to adapt to market conditions. Ted works with large to mid size grain and livestock producers and end users in North, Central and South America.
March USDA Report Thoughts
Mar 07, 2013
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Tomorrow the USDA will release updated balance sheets for the grains. However, with the Quarterly Grain Stocks report coming out on the 28th I wonder how much the USDA will want to make changes rather then wait to get a better read from the stocks report. If there is a surprise it could be a lower then expected carryover number in the soybeans as export sales have remained very strong.
The trade guesses are looking for a slight decline in soybeans stocks and a slight increase in corn and wheat stocks. The increase in Corn stocks could be coming form ethanol demand falling behind the pace needed to reach the USDA target. Lower wheat stocks could come from a small decrease in export demand. Soybeans could have an interesting report as export sales have remained strong for longer then expected with South America entering the global picture slower then expected. Soybeans are very close to reaching the current USDA export projections and it is only the first week of March. Logic would say that the current USDA projection is much too low. This may be the case, but keep in mind that once South America is up and running our exports could fall to near zero and some of the sales we have seen recently could get canceled or switched to Brazil. So it will be interesting to see how aggressive the USDA will be at this time.
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South American production and world carry over numbers will also be a factor on this report as the USDA tries to sort out the South American crop. Another interesting item will be feed demand. It seems to be widely agreed that feed demand is stronger then current USDA projections, however it is unclear if corn or wheat is the bigger benefactor here. Traditionally higher feed demand would go to corn, but with old crop corn trading over wheat it could be enticing producers to switch to feeding higher protein wheat at a lower cost.
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All this means that speculators should be looking for opportunities and producers need to look to lock up some prices while we have corn near $7.00 and soybeans near $14.00. Give me a call for some ideas. In particular, producers looking to hedge all or a portion of their production may be rather interested in some of the options / options-futures strategies that I am currently using.
In my mind there has to be a balance. Neither technical nor fundamental analysis alone is enough to be consistent. Please give me a call for a trade recommendation, and we can put together a trade strategy tailored to your needs. Be safe!
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