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Corn Mar '19 (ZCH19)

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Corn Futures Market News and Commentary

Corn Market News and Commentary

Corn futures saw 1 to 2 1/2 cent losses in most contracts on Turnaround Tuesday. Trade estimates for this Friday’s Planting Intentions report are averaging 91.332 million corn acres, with a range of 89.5 to 92.7 million acres. That would be up more than 2 million from last year if realized. Analysts also estimate March 1 corn stocks at 8.335 bbu, a drop of 557 mbu from the same time a year ago. USDA is unlikely to reflect grain lost to flooding in this report, as many bins are still unreachable and the survey was done at the beginning of the month. The EIA report will be released on Wednesday and is expected to show reduced production due to forced downtime.May 19 Corn closed at $3.77 1/4, down 2 1/2 cents,Jul 19 Corn closed at $3.87, down 2 1/4 cents,Sep 19 Corn closed at $3.93 1/4, down 2 centsDec 19 Corn closed at $4.00 1/4, down 1 1/2 cents--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management
Spring Wheat Basis: 'S'-Now Big Deal

If you’re keeping up to date on my basis postings, you’ll recall my most recent piece on soybeans (“Soybean Basis: The Weight of Futures”) talked about the often-inverse relationship between futures and basis. In other words, if the futures market posts a strong rally, grain merchandisers will often soften basis a bit on the idea that futures will do a good enough job of sourcing enough supplies to meet demand. Last week saw national average soybean basis firm, slightly, despite solid gains in futures, until Friday.Spring wheat was different, though. Here we saw the national average basis (cmdty National Hard Red Spring Wheat Index minus futures) actually weaken as the futures market firmed late in the week. To be exact, the May Minneapolis futures contract gained 5 1/2 cents, paltry indeed compared to the rest of the grain and oilseed complex, while national average basis weakened 1 1/4 cents from the previous to finish at 53 1/4 cents under the May. When one considers much of the U.S. Northern Plains remains buried by feet of snow, in mid-March, it seems counter-intuitive that spring wheat basis should be weakening.Until you factor in where bushels are being held. Most of the wheat in the U.S. winds up in commercial storage, where ownership is more easily transferred from seller to buyer. Therefore, if one doesn’t have to wait for the snow to melt before pulling grain out of an on-farm bin, it creates a situation where winter (into spring) weather doesn’t create a similar search for supplies like what has been seen in corn and soybeans. Darin NewsomPresidentDarin Newsom Analysis Inc.
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