Bounce in Grains While Livestock Remain Weak

Published on: 05:57AM Aug 21, 2014

Good Morning! Paul Georgy with the early morning commentary at 5:30 am.

Grain futures are higher on short covering ahead of the weekly export sales report.

Traders Focus Today: Traders will be waiting for NOAA forecasts and key data releases from Canada and USDA.

Allendale’s 25th Annual Yield Survey is underway. You can add your farms information by going to We will be taking data through August 29th and will release the finds on September 3rd.

Weather forecasts will be watched closely today as NOAA will be updating their outlook for September and the 90 day outlook later this morning.

The ProFarmer tour puts the IL yield at 196.96 compared to 170.48 last year. Western IA corn yields were estimated at 177.48 to 180.90 compared to last year’s 160.12 to 175.65.

Update - Morning Coffee Commentary:

Weekly export sales estimates gather by Reuter’s news service are:

          Trade estimates for      Trade estimates for

                      2013-14                  2014-15

Wheat                     N/A          350,000-500,000

Corn                0-150,000          650,000-850,000

Soybeans            0-100,000        850,000-1,050,000

Soymeal        50,000-125,000          150,000-250,000

Soyoil               0-10,000                 0-10,000

Ethanol outpaces last week with average daily production of 937 thousand barrels per day. Cheaper corn prices are supporting excellent profit margins. Currently total ethanol production for the year is 11% higher than last year and USDA goal is 10.1%.

Statistics Canada will give us their estimates on wheat and oil seed production at 7:30 this morning.

China sold 24.3% of their weekly soybean reserve offerings. That rate is a little higher than last week’s rate of 23.07%.

Argentine farmers are expected to cut the planting area of corn by 10 percent to 3.2 million hectares in the 2014/15 season due to low international prices for the crop and high sowing costs, the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said.

Friday is option expiration of September contracts of grains and oilseeds.

From this morning’s weather blog: Warm and humid air expands across the Corn Belt over the next few days, as cooler air starts to move into the northern plains and the western plains. We see plenty of thunderstorm action firing off in the warm sector through the weekend, but action will be very hit and miss, as thunderstorms usually are….continue reading weather.

Russia has stopped trucks that were hauling US poultry through Kazakhstan. India is offering beef supplies to meet the needs for Russian Far East Market.

Cattle on Feed report will be released Friday at 2:00 pm. The trade is looking for 97.4% on feed, 90.9 placed and 92.5% marketed.

August cattle futures are now pricing in $149 cash at the end of the month and September and October prices are suggesting $147/$148. Cash this week is expected to be $151 to $152 which is $3 to $4 less than last week.

Beef values are weak with choice down 1.36 and select down .84. The CME Feeder Index is 219.46

Hog futures remain under pressure for the re-occurring reason of too much pork and too high of price. Pork cutout values are down 2.41.

Markets as of 5:30 AM CDT                                                                    

  • Dec Corn   +2 3/4    
  • Nov Beans   +7
  • Sep Wheat   +4
  • Oct Cattle  -.27
  • Oct Hogs    -1.05
  • Sep Dlr     +.01
  • Sep S&P     +3.50
  • Oct Crude   -.63
  • Oct Gold   -11.6

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