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Corn prices poised to pounceCorn prices poised to pounce

Corn continues to find firm footing amidst supportive fundamentals.

Naomi Blohm

March 10, 2022

3 Min Read
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The March 9 USDA WASDE report was overall neutral for corn regarding short-term price impact. But the long-term implications continue to support prices.

USDA cut ending stocks for both U.S. and global corn supplies within the range of expectations. As much of the information released was priced into the market already, corn futures did not have a reason to break out of the current trading ranges higher, or lower.

Looking at specifics for the USDA report, the agency increased demand for ethanol by 25 million bushels as well as increased demand for corn for export by a whopping 75 million bushels due to the war in Ukraine. The result was ending stocks shrinking by 100 million bushels, now pegged at 1.44 billion bushels.

From a global perspective, USDA pegged Brazil's 2021/22 corn production at 114 million tonnes vs. an average expectation of 112.60 million (range 110.00-116.10 million) and unchanged from February. Traders will watch the weather in Brazil closely over the coming weeks as second crop corn production and growth is underway.

For Brazil, 70% of its entire corn crop is a result of this second crop production, and the world needs Brazil to have a big crop. If there are signs of production hiccups, corn futures prices will respond quickly.

Navigate the noise

What’s ahead? Corn futures will need to navigate the noise of potential sudden demand shifts or production concerns as the U.S. crop is not yet in the ground. Planted acres are still uncertain, both spring and summer weather must be contended with, and we still have supply concerns over inputs like fertilizer or weed killers.

For the short term, more sideways consolidation price action seems likely, at least until the March 31 Prospective Plantings report and Quarterly Stocks report.

The bottom line is that old crop corn futures have solid support at $7 for now, yet no reason at the moment to climb higher than $8.00.

How could that happen? Continued struggles occur in Ukraine, poor weather issues for Brazil’s second crop corn, or weather hiccups here in the United States. Those factors could cause May or July futures to have a fundamental reason to trade above $8 per bushel.

Yet, be aware. The technical swing chart objective potentially points to $10 futures.

New crop December 2022 corn futures are well supported at the $6 area, with resistance at $6.50 for now. Should the market price be able to push through $6.50, the upside is a quick run to $7 to fill a gap on a continuous weekly December futures chart.  

At some point, high prices will cure high prices, but for now, the trend is up.

Reach Naomi Blohm: 800-334-9779 Twitter: @naomiblohm and [email protected].

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About the Author(s)

Naomi Blohm

senior market adviser, Total Farm Marketing by Stewart Peterson

Naomi specializes at helping farmers understand how to manage cash marketing needs and understand the importance of managing basis, delivery point considerations, cash flow needs and storage capacity. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Agriculture Business at the University of Wisconsin in Platteville. She has a Master of Science in Adult Education with an emphasis in Ag Economics from the UW-Platteville and a Master Certificate in Global Education, from the UW-Oshkosh.

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