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Corn Dec '18 (ZCZ18)

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Corn Futures Market News and Commentary

Corn Market News and Commentary

Corn futures are currently 1 to 1 3/4 higher after fractional gains in most contracts on Wednesday. Corn in flooded grain bins is considered contaminated and cannot be sold commercially. NASS is unlikely to be able to quantify such losses until the June stocks report. The weekly EIA report indicated ethanol production in the week that ended on 3/15 slipped 1,000 barrels per day to 1.004 million bpd. Stocks at the end of that week rose 681,000 barrels wk/wk to a record 24.412 million barrels. The Midwest neared their record totals, up 383,000 barrels as rail movement was hindered due to flooding. Export sales for the week of 3/14 are expected to total 0.6-1 MMT for old crop corn in tomorrow morning’s USDA report, with new crop at 0-300,000 MT. --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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