While weather is on the mind of farmers trying to plant crops today, traders focus on demand. Congestion at Brazil’s ports is easing, which could lead to a flood of imports by China, taking the U.S. out of the world market for the summer. May soybean futures remains in a world of its own, however, with a potential squeeze setting up. U.S. corn exports are also losing ground to South America, and this morning’s ethanol production data could show if tighter margins hurt forced cutbacks by processors last week.
Farm Futures Senior Editor Bryce Knorr offers an early look at overnight trade. You can listen to his commentary by clicking on the audio link on this page.
And be sure to check http://www.FarmFutures.com after 11 when we start posting information from the USDA report. We'll provide updates as we parse through the information. And you'll get more analysis in the afternoon edition of Farm Futures Daily - our twice-daily e-newsletter. If you want to see it, sign up here.
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 www.FarmFutures.com 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.
Check out a new FREE report that offers an in-depth look at Cover Crops: Best Management Practices. The 32-page report offers an in-depth look at this crop management enhancement.