Grains settle mixed but off their lows. December corn finished ½ cent higher, November beans finished 4 cents lower, and December wheat finished 3 ½ cents lower.
Monday's key reversal in December corn has pushed corn below the trendline (see chart below). The next technical target would be $5.67. We are getting more aggressive on new crop sales. Please see new hedge recommendation to see the latest levels sold and call strategy.
Weekly export inspections. Estimates for tomorrow morning:
Cattle on Feed Average Estimate (Friday)
On-Feed (Feb 1) 105.1 104-106
Placed in Jan 103.5 98-109.2
Marketed in Jan 100.6 99-103
The next WASDE report will be on March 10th. After that, we will have the March 31st planting intentions report. We want to be more aggressive on sales between now and then. In fact, we want to consider the idea of getting all the way sold on guaranteed bushels right now, and re-own with call spreads. I believe this recommendation would be best considered on an individual basis with your broker and with a close look at your breakevens/ROI's. Many times we make highs in February, and we want to secure these levels while we are up here. We would still want to keep upside in the market on these bushels with call strategies. Please call your broker to discuss a specific strategy for your operation.
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