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Date 13-May 6-May 2017 Avg
Cotton Planted 36 20 31 31
Corn Planted 62 39 68 63
Corn Emerged 28 8 29 27
Soybeans Planted 35 15 29 26
Soybeans Emerged 10 2 6
Sorghum Planted 32 29 32 33
Rice Planted 83 68 82 80
Rice Emerged 61 44 72 64
Peanuts Planted 45 23 50 34
Sugar beets Planted 84 66 93 78
Oats Planted 72 56 89 83
Oats Emerged 48 34 70 66
Winter Wheat Headed 45 33 61 53
Spring Wheat Planted 58 30 75 67
Spring Wheat Emerged 14 4 37 36
Barley Planted 62 52 74 74
Barley Emerged 21 13 40 56
Very Poor Fair Good Very Good
Winter Wheat This Week 14 22 28 29 7
Winter Wheat Last Week 16 21 29 27 7
Winter Wheat Last Year 5 12 32 43 8
Pastures and Ranges This Week 5 15 37 37 6
Pastures and Ranges Last Week 5 15 38 37 5
Pastures and Ranges Last Year 2 8 28 50 12
General Comments: Cotton was lower yesterday on follow through selling tied to forecasts for improved rains in Texas this week. Much of the Southeast and parts of the Delta will see big rains. Futures tested previous highs on the weekly charts near 8800 last week and are coming away from that level. Further weakness now could mean that the market has made an important top. It is still a weather market due to the poor weather in Texas and on there are still ideas of tight available supplies. There are ideas that the US is now running short of high quality Cotton to deliver to the exchange and to overseas buyers. Demand remains strong in export markets as the weekly export sales report showed strong volumes last week. USDA showed good planting progress in its reports last week. New crop planting has been slow, but not unusually slow when compared to last year and the five-year average. It is now ahead of the five-year average.
Overnight News: The Delta and the Southeast will get big rains, mostly in the southeast, this week. Temperatures should be mostly below normal. Texas will see mostly dry conditions, but some showers are possible today. Temperatures will be above normal. The USDA average price is now 79.64 ct/lb. ICE said that certified stocks are now 78,173 bales, from 74,506 bales yesterday. ICE said that there were 0 contracts tendered for delivery today and that total deliveries are now 214 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in Cotton are mixed. Support is at 8350, 8330, and 8290 July, with resistance of 8500, 8600, and 8700 July.
General Comments: FCOJ was higher as the rally continued. Important resistance on the weekly charts at about 17770.00 was taken out yesterday. Funds and other speculators have been the best buyers, and producers here and in Brazil have not been selling that much. FCOJ is in a weather market as dry conditions are reported in Florida and in production areas of Brazil. However, some drought busting rains are now being reported in Florida/ The harvest is starting to wind down in some areas of Florida. The market is still dealing with a short crop against weak demand. The current weather is good as temperatures are warm and it is raining Florida producers are seeing marble sized to golf ball sized fruit. Conditions are reported as generally good. Irrigation is being used. Brazil also could use more rain as Sao Paulo has been hot and dry. Generally good conditions are reported in Europe and northern Africa.
Overnight News: Florida should get showers and storms his weekend. Temperatures will average near to below normal. Brazil should get mostly dry weather and near to above normal temperatures. The best precipitation should be this weekend. There have been no deliveries so far in New York against May contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in FCOJ are up with objectives of 171.00 and 177.00 July. Support is at 167.00, 165.00, and 162.00 July, with resistance at 173.00, 176.00, and 179.00 July.
General Comments Futures in New York were lower in anticipation of the Brazil harvest that is about to get started. Ideas are that about 55 million bags of Coffee will be harvested. The weather is dry in Arabica areas, but there have been some showers in Conillon areas. London was lower as well, but most of the weakness was in New York. Origin is still offering in Central America and is still finding weak differentials. Good business is getting done and exports are active. Traders anticipate big crops from Brazil and from Vietnam this year and have remained short in the market. Robusta remains the stronger market as Vietnamese producers and merchants are not willing to sell at current prices and are willing to wait for a rally. Vietnamese cash prices were lower last week with good supplies noted in the domestic market. Current rains are favorable for the crops.
Overnight News: Certified stocks are Little changed today and are about 1.998 million bags. The ICO composite price is now 111.31 ct/lb. Brazil will get drier conditions until showers appear on Saturday. Temperatures should be near to above normal. Colombia should get isolated showers. Central America and southern Mexico should get isolated showers or dry conditions. Vietnam will get showers. ICE said that there were 0 deliveries today in New York and that total deliveries for the month are 251 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed to down with objectives of 115.00 and 111.00 July. Support is at 117.00, 115.00, and 112.00 July, and resistance is at 121.00, 124.00 and 126.00 July. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 1720, 1700, and 1670 July, and resistance is at 1780, 1810, and 1840 July.
General Comments: Futures were a little higher in consolidation trading. The fundamentals still suggest that lower prices are still coming as analysts remain focused on big world production. There is still big supplies available to the market. Plenty of Sugar will most likely be around, and many analysts support that idea by calling for big production surpluses for this and next year. Reports in the first part of last week that the Brazil season was off to a big start caused the last round of selling interest, and ideas that the market was oversold has caused the recent recovery. It has turned dry in parts of Brazil, including some Sugarcane production areas, and there is some talk of losses to the crop in the near future unless rains return soon. India is back to export Sugar this year after being a net importer for the last couple of years. The government is subsidizing industry and producers to help maintain an active market flow and to prevent the buildup of Sugar in storage. Thailand has produced a record crop and is selling. Brazil still has plenty of Sugar to sell, and the EU has had over production in the past year. Middle East and North African buyers are reported to be buying normal or less than normal amounts of Sugar in the world market right now.
Overnight News: Brazil will get dry weather. Temperatures should be near to above normal.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed to down with objectives of 1070 and 1010 July. Support is at 1100, 1080, and 1050 July, and resistance is at 1160, 1190, and 1200 July. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 318.00, 316.00, and 311.00 August, and resistance is at 328.00, 332.00, and 336.00 August.
General Comments Futures were lower to start the week. Trends in New York are sideways for now, but it still looks like the market could be making a top. London could be forming a top now as well. Ideas that world production has been largely sold remain part of the rally. Showers and more seasonal temperatures have been seen in the last few weeks to improve overall production conditions in West Africa. The mid crop harvest is starting, and wire reports indicate that some initial mid crop harvest is underway in all countries. Yield estimates imply that variable yields can be expected. The harvest should begin soon in Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Overnight News: Scattered showers are expected in West Africa. Temperatures will average near to above normal. Malaysia and Indonesia should see frequent showers. Temperatures should average above normal. Brazil will get cry conditions and near to above normal temperatures. ICE certified stocks are lower today at 5.277 million bags. ICE said that 31 delivery notices were posted against May contracts and that total deliveries for the month are now 222 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 2770, 2730, and 2700 July, with resistance at 2860, 2900, and 2920 July. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 1890, 1850, and 1810 July, with resistance at 1970, 2000, and 2030 July.