Today’s major focus was on the September USDA Supply and Demand report and like many report days we saw some large moves. December corn ended up finishing 9 cents higher at $7.45 ½, December wheat down 2 ½ cents at $7.27 ¼, and November soybeans down 29 ½ cents at $14.13.
On the report they ended up lowering the corn yield to 148.1 from 153 on the August report and 148.8 as an average guess. They are also using one of the lowest ear weights in 20 years and the lowest since 2003. They ended up lowering feed and residual usage by 200 million bushels to 4.7 billion. The ethanol usage was also lowered by 100 million bushels to 5.0 billion. US corn carryout is pegged at 672 million bushels which is lower than the August estimate of 714 but higher than the average analyst guess.
There was a huge unwinding of the beans-corn spread today with soybeans having a large liquidation. The USDA soybean yield estimate came in at 41.8 which was 0.4 bpa higher than the average analyst guess. With China cancelling 240,000 MTS of 2011-2012 soybeans last week before we even harvest the crop this was a little unsettling for the bulls.
Also today we had crop progress released and is as follows:
Corn September 11th 5-year average
Dough: 97% 96%
Dented: 84% 82%
Mature: 29% 33%
Condition: 53% good-excellent which is 1% better than last week.
Soybeans September 11th 5-year average
Dropping Leaves 15% 27%
Soybean condition: 56% good-excellent which is unchanged from last week.
Winter wheat is 6% planted vs 10% on average at this time.
Last thing to note, several weather watchers have called for a hard freeze in the upper Midwest for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Take a look at the breakdown of the following states % of dropping leaves:
September 11th 5-year average
Minnesota: 9% 30%
Iowa: 8% 24%
Wisconsin: 15% 27%
North Dakota: 13% 37%
South Dakota: 33% 43%.
Obviously this is cause for concern it just depends on how cold it gets and how far south it is. We will have to see how it plays out but this is something that could give soybeans a lift this week.
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