Corn for the Holidays?

Published on: 18:52PM Dec 10, 2019
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The USDA's December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report came and went almost without notice. As with many December reports this year saw zero changes on the domestic balance sheet for corn. So what now?

The December WASDE was uneventful to say the least. The lack of changes on the supply side should have been expected as the USDA does not change their supply outlook in December. However, the trade was a little worried that the USDA would continue their trend of lowering corn demand. They did not and I think that could be a positive for corn right now.

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Now the trade will start getting ready for the holiday season and the end of the calendar year. However, as we go to countless gatherings and spend precious time with family, we will also start to think about what changes may come on the January report where we could see some dramatic changes in production. The corn market could have a friendly tone as many analysts will be looking for lower production, especially after all the talk of low test weights during harvest.

The bearish demand story may have peaked as well. Corn exports seem to be finding some traction lately. This is not terribly surprising as the US dollar has backed away from highs. This is also the timeframe that South American stocks begin to thin out before the current crop is harvested. The Black Sea area has been a big competitor this year as well, but they could also begin to slow down.

No changes on the December corn balance sheet might have been good news for the corn market. Positive seasonality and bullish thoughts on smaller production might allow corn to drift higher in the next few weeks. December is a wonderful time to be with loved ones, but also might be a good time to keep one eye on the market for selling opppertunities.

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March Corn Daily Chart:

March Corn

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