By ADM Investor Services Research Team
Wheat prices overnight are down roughly 7 cents in the SRW Wheat, down 5 in HRW, and down 3 for HRS; Corn is down 3 cents; Soybeans down 5; Soymeal down $2.00, and; Soyoil down 10 points.
For the week, Winter Wheat prices were down roughly 1 cent for Soft Red Winter, down 20 in the Hard Red Winter, and up 15 for Hard Red Spring; Corn was down 10 cents; Soybeans down 21; Soymeal down $9.00, and; Soyoil down 25 points (crushing margins were unchanged at $1.30, oil-share was unchanged at 30%).
The Malaysian Palm Oil market was down 34 ringgit at 1,994 (basis August) a two-week low following weaker soyoil prices.
The U.S. Midwest weather forecast has close to average rainfall over the next 10 days with some rainfall systems intermittently but, not to the extent that has been seen over the past couple months—temps will be running average to below average.
The Southern U.S. Plains sees above average rainfall occurring over the next 10 days—temps will be running below average during the period.
The Northern U.S. Plains will see close to average precip over the near term—temps will be running average to below average most of this week warming to above average for the weekend and early next week.
The U.S. Delta will be dry through the workweek, but northern areas will get rain this weekend and periodically into next week; U.S. southeastern states will receive rain frequently into Thursday and then change to a more erratic pattern for the following ten days.
The 11 to 16 Day Outlook has close to average precip for the southern Plains and most of the Midwest while precip in the northern Plains will be below average—temps will be running below average in the southern Plains and most of the Midwest, average to above average temps are seen in the northern Plains.
The player sheet had funds net sellers of 6,000 contracts of SRW Wheat; sold 21,000 Corn; sold 11,000 contracts of Soybeans; net sold 3,000 lots of Soymeal, and; sold 4,000 Soyoil.
We estimate Managed Money net short 22,000 contracts of SRW Wheat; net long 54,000 Corn; net short 121,000 contracts of Soybeans; short 3,000 lots of Soymeal, and; net short 62,000 Soyoil.
Preliminary Open Interest saw SRW Wheat futures down roughly 315 contracts; HRW Wheat up 775; Corn down 8,200; Soybeans down 12,400 contracts; Soymeal up 1,500 lots, and; Soyoil down 9,200 lots.
There were changes in registrations (Rice down 2)—Registrations total 67 contracts for SRW Wheat; 2 Oats; Corn 1,036; Soybeans 640; Soyoil 3,547 lots; Soymeal ZERO; Rice 661; HRW Wheat 5, and; HRS Wheat 376 contracts.
TODAY—–EXPORT INSPECTIONS—CROP PROGRESS—
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he has indefinitely suspended the threat of tariffs against Mexico after reaching “a signed agreement” on immigration; Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border.; the United States and Mexico will continue discussions on illegal immigration and if the measures in the agreement “do not have the expected results, they will take further actions” and announce them within 90 days
—U.S. President Donald Trump defended his administration’s deal with Mexico against criticism that there were no major new commitments to stem a flow of Central American migrants crossing into the United States, and said on Sunday more details would soon be released; key aspects of the agreement are still unclear, including whether Mexico has pledged to buy more U.S. agricultural products and if the deal materially expanded a previous commitment by Mexico to more vigorously police its southern border with Guatemala
U.S. officials officially granted Chinese exporters two more weeks to get their products into the United States before increasing tariffs on those items, according to a U.S. government notice; the United States Trade Representative had earlier announced the planned move on May 31; in the official notice published in the Federal Register, USTR said it was extending the deadline from June 1 to June 15 for certain products to enter the United States without being subject to an additional 25 percent tariff.
Speculators have been on a record buying streak in Chicago-traded corn in recent weeks, but that likely stalled out late last week as many U.S. farmers got a break in the rains to continue the historically slow planting effort; in the week ended June 4, hedge funds and other money managers switched to a net long position in CBOT corn futures and options from their net short a week earlier, according to data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
New Price Volatility Likely in the Weeks Ahead
Big question marks still surrounding this year’s corn and soybean crops in the USA
—Argentine soybean exports may reach 10-12 Mn T in April/March 2019/20, compared with 3.84 Mn T last season
—US soybean exports are estimated at only 45.8 Mn T in Sept/Aug 2018/19 (vs. 57.9 Mn a year ago), boosting stocks at the end of this season
—Soya oil exports from the USA and South America are up from a year earlier; sharp increases in shipments to India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan and North Africa
—Palm oil production is plummeting in Ecuador, curtailing exports; in Colombia production is seen
increasing in 2019
—Sharp decline of sunseed crop and crush is seen boosting South African sunflower oil imports to a record in 2018/19
Total 2018-crop wheat quantity outstanding into the government’s 9-month price support loan program are 36.121 million bushels, a decrease of 2.227 million bushels during the week ended Jun 3
—Total 2018-crop corn quantity outstanding was 544.370 million bushels, a decrease of 21.418 million bushels
—Total 2018-crop soybean quantity outstanding was 130.376 million bushels, a decrease of 3.023 million bushels
U.S. April beef, pork and broiler trade data
—Beef and veal exports (1,000 lbs):
Apr’18 Mar’19 Apr’19
Total 253,571 245,875 243,454
—Pork exports (1,000 lbs)
Apr’18 Mar’19 Apr’19
Total 547,931 515,412 524,520
—Broiler (chicken) exports (1,000 lbs)
Apr’18 Mar’19 Apr’19
Total 583,052 592,701 543,592
Alberta soil moisture ratings deteriorate as crop planting wraps up; crop planting in Alberta is 99% complete but soil moisture levels have deteriorated; crop emergence province-wide is 72%, higher than the five-year average of 65%; planting progress is virtually finished, and ahead of the five-year average of 94% done at this time of year.
China’s soybean imports fell 24 percent in May from the same month last year, Reuters calculations based on customs data showed on Monday, as higher tariffs on U.S. cargoes and outbreaks of African swine fever checked demand; China brought in 7.36 million tons of soybeans in May, down from 9.69 million tons last year; that was also down from 7.64 million tons in April.
—China imported 31.75 million tons in the first five months of 2019, down 12.2% from the same period last year
Affected by the China-U.S. trade friction, China’s soybean and pork imports from the United States fell heavily while those from other countries posted significant growth, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Thursday.
—In the first four months, China’s soybean imports dropped 7.9 percent year on year, with imports of U.S. soybeans plunging by over 70 percent from a year ago to 4.31 million tons
—In contrast, the country’s soybean imports from Brazil jumped by 46.8 percent and those from Argentina saw a 23-fold growth to 2.15 million tons during the same period
Brazilian chicken exports to China grew by 49% in May compared to the same period last year as the Asian nation imported more meat to deal with an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) that has impacted domestic production; Brazil shipped 381,100 tons last month to overseas customers, a 14.4% increase; China represented almost 15% of shipments and was Brazil’s main chicken export destination last month
Selected highlights from a report issued by a U.S. Department of Agriculture attache in Russian Federation:
—Assuming normal weather during the growing season, FAS/Moscow forecasts Russia’s wheat production in marketing year (MY) 2019/20 at 79.0 MMT, which is almost 7.0 MMT higher than last year due to an increase in winter wheat planted area and lower expected rates of winterkill; exports are forecast at 37.5 MMT, which is up from the previous year; Russia is expected to be the top global wheat exporter for the third consecutive year.
Ukrainian grain exports from sea ports in the week ended June 1-7 dropped to 493,000 tons from 1.02 million tons a week earlier, the APK-Inform consultancy said
—Corn exports dived to 326,000 tons from 725,000 tons, while wheat shipments decreased to 167,000 tons from 287,000 tons
—The country has exported almost 42.8 million tons of wheat, corn and barley so far this season, which runs from July to June; that is up from 33.4 million tons in the same period in 2017/18
—However, the agriculture ministry said last week’s exports totaled 47.3 million tons so far in the 2018/19 season
—Ukraine has exported 4.16 million tons of sunoil so far in the 2018/19 season which runs from September to August; sunoil exports totaled 3.79 million tons in the same period in 2017/18
Kazakhstan has exported 10.4 million tons of grain and flour in grain equivalent this marketing year (July 2018 to June 2019) according to preliminary information, head of the Kazakh Agricultural Ministry’s Department said
—in the 2018-2019 marketing year, we exported 10.4 million tons of grain and flour in grain equivalent, or 1.4 million tons more than in the previous year
—In the next marketing year (July 2019 to June 2020), Kazakhstan plans to export 8-9 million tons of grain and flour in grain equivalent
Selected highlights from a report issued by a U.S. Department of Agriculture attache in India:
—No significant changes in the PSD for rice, wheat and corn to report; despite forecast record production, MY 2019/20 government wheat procurement fell behind last year on higher purchasing by private trade; the Government of India raised the import duty on wheat to 40 percent on April 26, 2019; fueled by back-to-back bumper harvests and strong procurement over the last two years, food grain (rice and wheat) stocks held by the government on June 1, 2019, are estimated to reach a record 84 million metric tons, creating significant storage challenges
Malaysia’s palm oil exports during the June 1-10 period are estimated down 31.6% on month at 376,802 metric tons, cargo surveyor AmSpec Agri Malaysia said
—Exports of Malaysian palm oil products for June 1 – 10 fell 31.4 percent to 378,963 tons from 552,640 tons shipped during May 1 – 10, cargo surveyor Intertek Testing Services said
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