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Morning Market Review for April 16, 2021


The advanced continues to be hitting technical resistance at $6/bushel as climate threatens provide forecasts

  • Corn up 2-4 cents
  • Soybeans up 4-11 cents, soyoil up $0.63/lb, soymeal up $1.60/ton
  • Wheat up 1-4 cents

*Costs as of seven:00 am CDT.

Editor’s Observe: Our 2021 Feedback from the Field sequence is now dwell! Farmers can see how crop situations are progressing throughout the USA. Wish to share crop situations out of your nook of the world? Click here for the survey link. As quickly as responses are available in, they are going to be added to Farm Futures’ Google MyMap at this link. We will’t wait to listen to from you!


After yesterday’s lackluster export knowledge despatched Could 2021 corn futures in Chicago working from $6/bushel, the advanced clawed again a few of its beneficial properties in a single day on cool climate issues as planting season reaches its peak, although is probably going nonetheless hitting technical resistance on the $6/bushel benchmark.

Issues about lowered acreage additionally loomed excessive in merchants’ minds, sending futures costs $0.02-$0.03/bushel greater this morning as farmers continued quickly reserving money gross sales on the present ranges.

Corn yields in Argentina are trying barely higher than anticipated after the crop battled drought situations for a lot of the rising season. Early harvest stories led the Buenos Aires Grains Change to lift its estimate on 2020/21 corn manufacturing by 36.7 million bushels to 1.69 billion bushels.

USDA’s present estimate for the 2020/21 Argentine corn crop was lowered barely in final week’s WASDE report back to 1.85 billion bushels. Argentina is the world’s third largest exporter of corn.

Could 2021 corn contracts on the Chicago Board of Commerce briefly topped $6/bushel yesterday, matching July 2013 costs and fueled by 2020/21 U.S. corn shares sinking to their sixth tightest place on report and issues concerning the measurement of the 2021/22 crop.

Complete Farm Advertising and marketing’s Naomi Blohm notes that corn is more likely to face technical resistance on the $6/bushel benchmark. “It will take additional fresh, friendly news to justify a price move higher than $6 in the short term,” Blohm explains. “With a likely swift planting pace this spring, trade may see a short-term price correction in the coming weeks, as there will be little additional bullish news to trade on.”

How far may costs fall? Blohm factors to the $5.55/bushel vary because the lowest level corn futures may fall within the close to future. “The $5.55 area is important for two reasons,” Blohm analyzes within the newest Ag Marketing IQ column.

“One it is the bottom on the up-trending channel on daily charts, and the other is that the 40- and 50-day moving averages are in that area.” Blohm recommends watching climate forecasts and the money market from the tractor cab whereas planting within the coming weeks. “Simple corrections like this along the way are healthy for bull markets.”


Soybean futures costs notched a $0.04-$0.09/bushel acquire in a single day, following corn’s beneficial properties on planting delays and lowered acreage outlooks. It’s nonetheless early to be as involved about soybean planting progress, nonetheless.

“There have been some concerns over the U.S. weather, but it is too early to get worried as planting has just started,” a Singapore-based dealer informed Reuters in a single day.

Within the absence of delayed Brazilian soybean shipments, many soybean crush services in China slowed manufacturing in latest weeks as soybean costs soared. Feed mills switched to cheaper wheat feed options as corn costs soared and soymeal availability turned scarce.

And now there’s purpose to consider that the rise in feed wheat could possibly be a extra everlasting shift in ration formulations. “In the end, it all comes down to prices. If corn prices remain high, and it is profitable to use wheat, we will keep using wheat,” a supervisor with a Chinese language poultry producer informed Reuters.

The competitors from wheat places extra strain on the soy advanced, particularly as China awaits extra soybean cargoes from Brazil. It’s estimated that China additionally misplaced 20% of its hog herd within the north this winter after defective vaccines and different winter ailments reignited the resurgence of African swine fever.

Crush margins stay closely purple for Chinese language processors beneath present worth ranges, although will doubtless see a decline as extra Brazilian soybean shipments arrive. Merchants estimate China will import 257.2 million bushels of soybeans this month, with 367.4 million bushels anticipated to reach in each Could and June.

“Crushers will be under a lot of pressure in the coming months. Much depends on whether demand would catch up,” Xie Huilan, an analyst with consultancy Cofeed, informed Reuters in a single day.

The Nationwide Oilseed Producers’ Affiliation (NOPA) launched its March 2021 crush estimates yesterday. After a lackluster February report, market watchers have been keen for alerts of a return to sturdy crush charges in March. NOPA members course of round 95% of soybeans earmarked for crushing within the U.S.

However NOPA’s March 2021 estimate got here in decrease than analysts have been anticipating, signaling a doable trade slowdown as futures costs match June 2014 highs. NOPA’s March 2021 determine registered at 178.0 million bushels, simply shy of the 179.2-million-bushel commerce estimate.

The March quantity was 15% greater than the February 2021 crush of 155.2 million bushels, which suffered largely to pure fuel worth spikes in mid-February, whereas a lot of the nation battled sub-zero temperatures. However the March 2021 crush remained 2% decrease than the earlier March excessive of 181.4 million bushels, set a yr in the past.

Whereas the whole U.S. crush quantity for March 2021 can be launched on Could 1, the information from NOPA means that soybean crushers could lastly be discovering some shopping for resistance to soybeans priced above $14/bushel as provides dwindle to traditionally tight ranges. May this be the primary signal of demand rationing for the soybean sector? Keep tuned to seek out out!


Wheat continued its upward rally in a single day, rising $0.01-$0.04/bushel. Up to date crop situation stories in France haven’t but quantified the frost harm to the delicate winter wheat crop following frost harm, with extra cooler temperatures on the way in which for the European Union’s prime wheat producer. Rains within the Southern Plains in the present day may have an excellent likelihood to soak in over the weekend as cooler temperatures are additionally forecast for the area. Markets can be retaining a pointy eye on any stories of frost harm – in each France and the U.S. Plains – within the days to come back.

France’s farm workplace, FranceAgriMer, gave an replace in a single day about winter wheat situations within the midst of a harsh chilly snap. For the week ending April 12, 86% of sentimental wheat crops have been reported in good to wonderful situation, down a mere 1% from the week prior regardless of the latest frost harm.

In a single day temperatures have persistently dropped beneath freezing in France over the previous week and the cool and dry climate is predicted to linger within the area for the subsequent couple weeks. It’s doubtless the total extent of the crop harm won’t be realized for a number of extra weeks.

With markets atwitter about $6/bushel corn, it’s simple for the latest wheat rally to get misplaced within the combine. Farm Futures senior editor Ben Potter and I check out what’s fueling the wheat rally this week within the newest Midweek Markets podcast. Spoiler alert – it’s not $6/bushel corn!


Snow within the Central Rockies will rapidly flip to rain over the Central Plains by this night, in accordance with NOAA’s short-range forecasts. The system is more likely to push extra snow up into the Dakotas this afternoon, whereas the storm system’s southern edge will blanket the Southern Plains with rain.

The rains are anticipated to maneuver eastward into the Central and Southern Mississippi River Valley by tomorrow, which is able to doubtless sluggish corn planting progress within the space, particularly as temperatures stay beneath common.

Up to date drought monitor knowledge from the College of Nebraska launched yesterday noticed dry and drought situations ease barely throughout the U.S., falling practically 2% on the week to 62.55% for the week ending April 13. Rains within the Excessive Plains and Midwest offset rising dryness within the Northeast and West.

​​​​​Round 37% of areas with cattle stock within the U.S. are experiencing drought as pasture situations proceed to deteriorate. Of larger concern – 47% of alfalfa hay acreage is situated in areas experiencing drought situations.

This might trigger vital issues for cattle producers within the close to future, particularly if hay high quality or tonnage suffers afterward this spring. The discount in entry to high quality hay may enhance feed prices for producers and restrict availability. Cattle costs could also be worthwhile now however regulate these hay costs. If costs don’t transfer in accordance to feed costs, cattle producers could start a brand new liquidation cycle.


Coronavirus circumstances within the U.S. rose by 74,207 to 31,496,435 circumstances as of this morning in accordance with the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The demise toll elevated by 888 lives to 565,293 deaths as of press time.

For people with diversified retirement holdings, a land buy could possibly be a profitable possibility so as to add worth to a retirement portfolio. Mike Downey, an affiliate at Farm Monetary Methods, factors out that farmers can faucet into funds from an Particular person Retirement Account (IRA) to buy farmland.

However, as Downey explains, the foundations for utilizing IRA’s to buy farmland are a bit extra difficult upon additional inspection. Within the newest More Than Dirt column, Downey coaches farmers on prohibited IRA transactions and tax issues to be navigated whereas transferring an IRA right into a land asset.

U.S. farmers are more likely to obtain 45% much less authorities support in 2021 in comparison with 2020. Bankers are retaining a pointy eye on this, AgriAuthority’s Ashley Arrington factors out. On the heels of record-setting authorities payouts, farmers might want to simply get away completely different income sources to point out bankers correct and well timed money circulation wants.

“Let’s take a look at the income statement,” Arrington hypothesizes. “$1M of revenue – $700k of expenses – $175k of debt = $125k excess cash. All looks good right? They made money! BUT look back at the composition of income — $200k was government payments. If you take the payments out, the new excess cash figure is negative $75k.”

Breaking out several types of farm revenue could make conversations together with your banker extra productive, Arrington explains within the newest NextGen Business Insights column. It could possibly additionally establish working points needing to be addressed that in any other case would have been ignored if lumping all revenues into the identical class.

Farm Futures can be internet hosting its Farm Futures Summit in Coralville, Iowa on June 16-17. Periods will spotlight the most recent danger administration methods, greatest practices, market outlooks, and extra. High audio system embrace former U.S. commerce ambassador Gregg Doud, who will supply insights on negotiating the Section One commerce settlement with China, and Dick Wittman, who will present farmers steering on the perfect methods to handle a household farming operation. Try the website for registration and more information.

The S&P 500 index notched one other report excessive shut in yesterday’s buying and selling session and the beneficial properties continued into the in a single day commerce. Yesterday’s excessive marked the 22nd all-time closing excessive of 2021 for the index. Sturdy early outcomes from prime banking companies fueled the rally, mixed with optimism about economic system restoration paces. Notably, U.S. authorities bond yields have dropped in latest days, subduing some – however not all – investor concern about inflation charges. The S&P 500 traded 0.13% greater to $4,167.75 finally look.

Morning Ag Commodity Costs – 4/16/2021
Contract Items Excessive Low Final Internet Change % Change
MAY ’21 CORN $ / BSH  5.945 5.885 5.945 0.045 0.76%
JUL ’21 CORN $ / BSH  5.8125 5.755 5.8125 0.045 0.78%
SEP ’21 CORN $ / BSH  5.335 5.29 5.335 0.03 0.57%
DEC ’21 CORN $ / BSH  5.1575 5.11 5.1575 0.035 0.68%
MAR ’22 CORN $ / BSH  5.225 5.18 5.225 0.0325 0.63%
MAY ’22 CORN $ / BSH  5.2625 5.2225 5.26 0.0275 0.53%
JUL ’22 CORN $ / BSH  5.2825 5.24 5.2775 0.025 0.48%
MAY ’21 SOYBEANS $ / BSH  14.3 14.18 14.295 0.1125 0.79%
JUL ’21 SOYBEANS $ / BSH  14.2225 14.105 14.2175 0.1075 0.76%
AUG ’21 SOYBEANS $ / BSH  13.83 13.7125 13.83 0.105 0.77%
SEP ’21 SOYBEANS $ / BSH  13.12 13.025 13.12 0.0875 0.67%
NOV ’21 SOYBEANS $ / BSH  12.76 12.6675 12.76 0.07 0.55%
JAN ’22 SOYBEANS $ / BSH  12.7425 12.6675 12.7425 0.06 0.47%
MAR ’22 SOYBEANS $ / BSH  12.48 12.415 12.48 0.05 0.40%
MAY ’22 SOYBEANS $ / BSH  12.4075 12.355 12.4075 0.0425 0.34%
JUL ’22 SOYBEANS $ / BSH  12.39 12.3875 12.3875 0.0325 0.26%
MAY ’21 SOYBEAN OIL  $ / LB 55.58 54.86 55.48 0.59 1.07%
JUL ’21 SOYBEAN OIL  $ / LB 53.56 52.78 53.49 0.62 1.17%
MAY ’21 SOY MEAL $ / TON 404.2 400 403.4 1.5 0.37%
JUL ’21 SOY MEAL $ / TON 408.6 404.6 407.7 1.2 0.30%
AUG ’21 SOY MEAL $ / TON 404.7 400 404.4 1.3 0.32%
SEP ’21 SOY MEAL $ / TON 399.3 395.9 398.9 0.9 0.23%
OCT ’21 SOY MEAL $ / TON 393.3 391 392.8 0.3 0.08%
MAY ’21 Chicago SRW $ / BSH  6.59 6.485 6.58 0.0425 0.65%
JUL ’21 Chicago SRW $ / BSH  6.6 6.495 6.5925 0.0375 0.57%
SEP ’21 Chicago SRW $ / BSH  6.6125 6.5125 6.6025 0.0325 0.49%
DEC ’21 Chicago SRW $ / BSH  6.65 6.56 6.6475 0.03 0.45%
MAR ’22 Chicago SRW $ / BSH  6.6875 6.6 6.6825 0.0225 0.34%
MAY ’21 Kansas Metropolis HRW $ / BSH  6.1075 6.01 6.105 0.0275 0.45%
JUL ’21 Kansas Metropolis HRW $ / BSH  6.18 6.085 6.175 0.0225 0.37%
SEP ’21 Kansas Metropolis HRW $ / BSH  6.2275 6.14 6.22 0.015 0.24%
DEC ’21 Kansas Metropolis HRW $ / BSH  6.305 6.2175 6.305 0.02 0.32%
MAR ’22 Kansas Metropolis HRW $ / BSH  6.345 6.325 6.33 -0.025 -0.39%
MAY ’21 MLPS Spring Wheat $ / BSH  6.66 6.595 6.6525 0.02 0.30%
JUL ’21 MLPS Spring Wheat $ / BSH  6.7325 6.6675 6.7275 0.015 0.22%
SEP ’21 MLPS Spring Wheat $ / BSH  6.7925 6.735 6.785 0.02 0.30%
DEC ’21 MLPS Spring Wheat $ / BSH  6.8625 6.8025 6.8625 0.0325 0.48%
MAR ’22 MLPS Spring Wheat $ / BSH  6.8725 6.865 6.8725 0 0.00%
JUN ’21 ICE Greenback Index $ 91.81 91.49 91.515 -0.103 -0.11%
 MA ’21 Gentle Crude $ / BBL  63.88 63.24 63.45 -0.01 -0.02%
 JU ’21 Gentle Crude $ / BBL  63.94 63.3 63.53 0.02 0.03%
MAY ’21 ULS Diesel $ /U GAL 1.9093 1.8928 1.9004 0.0015 0.08%
JUN ’21 ULS Diesel $ /U GAL 1.9109 1.8934 1.9021 0.0017 0.09%
MAY ’21 Gasoline $ /U GAL 2.0622 2.0475 2.0504 -0.0014 -0.07%
JUN ’21 Gasoline $ /U GAL 2.0627 2.0486 2.052 -0.0006 -0.03%
APR ’21 Feeder Cattle $ / CWT 0 #N/A 140.05 0 0.00%
MAY ’21 Feeder Cattle $ / CWT 0 #N/A 144.425 0 0.00%
 AP ’21 Dwell Cattle $ / CWT 0 #N/A 121.6 0 0.00%
 JU ’21 Dwell Cattle $ / CWT 0 #N/A 119.65 0 0.00%
MAY ’21 Dwell Hogs $ / CWT 0 #N/A 103.575 0 0.00%
JUN ’21 Dwell Hogs $ / CWT 0 #N/A 104.7 0 0.00%
APR ’21 Class III Milk $ / CWT 17.56 #N/A 17.56 0 0.00%
MAY ’21 Class III Milk $ / CWT 18.62 18.62 18.62 0.12 0.65%
JUN ’21 Class III Milk $ / CWT 18.8 18.7 18.8 0.22 1.18%


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