Markets were firmer
- Chicago wheat September contract up US8.5c/bu to 525;
- Kansas wheat September contract unchanged at 456.75;
- Minneapolis wheat September contract up 2.75c/bu to 526;
- Corn September contract up 2.5c/bu to 348.75;
- Soybeans September contract up 4.5c/bu to 895.25;
- Winnipeg canola November contract up C$2.30/t at C$481.40;
- MATIF wheat September contract up €0.75/t to €187.75;
- MATIF rapeseed August contract up €0.25/t to €385.25;
- Brent crude September contract down US$0.94 per barrel to $42.35;
- Dow Jones index down 361 point to 25706;
- AUD weaker at $0.6942;
- CAD weaker at $1.3517;
- EUR weaker at $1.1271.
INTERNATIONAL COMMODITY MARKETS
Mixed weather news and mediocre sales
The same wheat stories have been going around about global wheat problems and concerns – and we don’t like to repeat ourselves. What’s new? Well, at least today we did see some rumours about potential Chinese SRW purchases, but predictably enough there’s been nothing firm since then. Black Sea harvest is still poking along and pushing further north. The slow start to harvest, under half of normal albeit with acceptable quality so far, leaves more uncertainty on yields. Spring wheat weather looks very suspect with no real relief likely on the weather maps. US spring wheat areas are looking at solid chances of some more moisture coming, which will help fill in gaps from the last storm band. At the same time though, there are still reports that a fair piece of the North Dakota crop has already seen significant damage. There’s also talk of overly wet parts of Canada seeing crop damage, though the bears will point to exceptional standing crops further west in both countries. Weekly US export sales data showed slightly higher bean sales, including just under a million tonnes of old crop beans compared with prior guesses at under 800,0000t. Corn sales, at a millions tonnes across both marketing years, were mixed and wheat was mediocre, 326,000t compared with ideas over half a million tonnes.
Tomorrow brings the next USDA WASDE report, although some of the larger changes area already known as they will adopt data from the stocks and acreage reports. The million dollar question is what will happen to yield? In the meantime markets are glued to the weather maps.