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Futures plunge on ideas Brazil farmers will finally sell. (Audio)

May 18, 2017

2 Min Read

A huge controversy involving the president is rocking the soybean market. No, not the one in Washington, though that’s likely to hold sway on other markets again today. The latest twist in corruption scandals in Brazil sent the value of the country’s currency plunging, after an audio tape surfaced of President Temer allegedly authorizing the head of meatpacking giant JBS to pay a bribe. The real plunged almost 6% overnight on the news. Soybean prices in Brazil are often pegged to the dollar, so the weaker real gives them greater purchasing power. Farmers had been slow sellers, but traders fear this could open the floodgates.

Knorr discusses overnight market moves with Pam Jahnke, Wisconsin Farm Report, and you can listen using the audio tool below.

Senior Editor Bryce Knorr first joined Farm Futures Magazine in 1987. In addition to analyzing and writing about the commodity markets, he is a former futures introducing broker and is a registered Commodity Trading Advisor. He conducts Farm Futures exclusive surveys on acreage, production and management issues and is one of the analysts regularly contracted by business wire services before major USDA crop reports. Besides the Morning Call on he writes weekly reviews for corn, soybeans, and wheat that include selling price targets, charts and seasonal trends. His other weekly reviews on basis, energy, fertilizer and financial markets and feature price forecasts for key crop inputs. A journalist with 38 years of experience, he received the Master Writers Award from the American Agricultural Editors Association. And you can follow Farm Futures throughout the day on Twitter at And don't forget to Like the new Farm Futures Facebook page at Facebook/FarmFutures

Pam Jahnke is Farm Director of the Wisconsin Farm Report that is carried on 16 stations in Wisconsin.  Known as the "Fabulous Farm Babe" Pam studied broadcast journalism and broad area agriculture at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. After college, Pam moved into her chosen field, doing farm broadcasting, radio and television, from Green Bay to Eau Claire, WI - and she's never looked back.  Pam often says she feels like farm broadcasting and communicating on behalf of food producers is exactly what she was made for. Pam has been named "Friend of Agriculture" by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture for her assistance in raising awareness of the "Harvest of Hope" program. She has also served as president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.

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