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After the USDA issued yet another Bearish monthly crop report on Sept 12, Nov Beans – after an initial spike down to 20 lower – recovered to a Mid-range close & two days later had traded to its Sept highs – some 40 cents off the report-day lows!  This mkt action tells us the mkt feels that the final results – will be something less than the 4.431 BB/49.9 Bu/A that the USDA reported a week ago today!



  • EXPORTS – Mon Inspections were 928,575 (LW- 1,106,758) & Thur sales Were 1.1612 BB (1.0-1.3)

9/8 –       264,000 MT to China

9/11 –     352,000 MT to Unk

9/12 –     132,000 MT to Unk

9/13 –     167,370 MT to Mexico

9/14 –     198,000 MT to China

9/15 –     132,000 MT to China

9/18 –     126,000 MT to Unk

9/18 –     261,000 MT to China


Prod – 4.431 BB (Est- 4.328    Aug – 4.381  2016 – 4.307)

Yield –  49.9 B/a  (Est – 48.8    Aug  – 49.4    2016 –   52.1)

  • CROP RATINGS – G/Ex – 59% (60)

Ill – 53 (57)    Ind – 52(52)    IA – 58(61)

Dropping leaves – 41% (Lw – 22   Avg – 43)

Harvest –                 4% (avg – 5)

  • TOO DRY – dryness in the Farm Belt is pushing Beans to maturity – Not allowing pods to fully develop
  • SOUTH AMERICA – planting is beginning but currently its Too dry in Brazil & too wet in Argentina

The $64 question is whether harvest results will bear out the USDA estimates from Aug & Sept Reports – which many feel are too high – based on the uneven crop conditions since planting!


Despite the results of various crop tours & general observations from producers concerning the high variability of the corn crop, the USDA continues to ratchet up their crop estimates!  Harvest could well tell a different story!  Meanwhile, the latest USDA offering forced Dec Corn to retest its August lows – which it successfully held!



  • EXPORTS – Mon Inspections were 676,819 MT (676,243 Lw) – Thur sales were 1,046 MMT (800-1,000)

9/6 –  253,000 MT to Mexico

9/8 –  179,324 MT to Unk


Prod – 14,185BB – (Est – 14.035    Aug – 14,153   2016 – 15,148)

Yield –  169.9 B/a – (Est –  168.2      Aug –  169.5     2016 –  52.1)

  • CROP RATINGS- G/ex –  61 (61%)

Ill – 52 (56)    Ind – 52(52)     Ia – 59(60)

Dent – 86 (Avg – 90)   Mature – 34 (Avg – 47)   Harv – 7(Avg – 11)

  • PRICE LEVEL & CROP SIZE – Dec Corn is sitting on a 10 year low with Total production roughly 1 billion bushel under last year’s record – 15,148 BB

Are we low enough?

They say, “BIG CROPS GET BIGGER” but we’ve heard enough reports to the contrary in this particular year – to make us very anxious to see if actual harvest results bear out the USDA #’s!


Even though Dec Wht is tied at the hip to Nov Beans & Dec Corn, it showed signs of breaking out of its month-long congestion area (425-450) – based on its key reversal –  up off the USDA 9-12 Monthly Supply & Demand Report!


  • The net short 104,595 contracts will cover quickly on an upside break-out
  • With the US Dollar down 10 % for the year, exports should flow
  • Egypt is tendering for Wht today – albeit from Russia, Romania & France
  • The larger Russian wht crop has already been dialed in

If corn & beans turn up, wht could lead the way!


 Oct cat has been mired in a sideways pattern since 8/10 (104-110) as the mkt attempts to carve out a low amidst plentiful supplies!  It has been buffeted about by conflicting factors.


  • Cheap Corn & good weather
  • A higher-than-average premium of Oct Cat to cash
  • A record 3rd to 4th Qtr increase in production of 335 MP
  • An expected record decrease in beef production from

The 4th to 1st Qtr of 705 MP

  • A price level that seems low enough to attract solid demand


Much like Oct Cat, Oct Hogs have been confined to a trading range – albeit with a downward bias (59-64)!  Both positive & negative factors contributed to its 4-wk ebb & flow!


  • Oct Hogs are at a $7.25 discount to cash (avg is $1.45)
  • Two new slaughter houses opened recently (Ia & Mi) & Eventually will help demand
  • The 3rd to 4th Qtr production increase was seen as bearish
  • On the other hand, the 4th to 1st Qtr production is predicted To drop a record 510 pounds
  • A seasonal decline is underway

Many feel the burdensome supply is dialed in.


Questions? Ask Bill Moore today at 312-264-4337


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