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USDA - Rise in corn and cotton planting, drop in soybeans

Corn, cotton up, soybeans down; grain stocks high


The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) June Planted Acreage and Grain Stocks Report has bearish implications for commodity markets. The report revealed larger-than-anticipated plantings of corn and cotton, raising concerns about potential oversupply.

Analysts like Betty Resnick, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, highlighted significant increases in corn and cotton acreage compared to both the March Prospective Planting Report and trade expectations. Soybean plantings, however, fell short of expectations.

Grain stockpiles for corn, soybeans, and wheat also exceeded forecasts, with all three crops showing a year-over-year increase of over 20%. While recent flooding in the Upper Midwest is expected to impact crop yields, the report predates these events.

Experts anticipate a lower percentage of corn and soybeans being harvested due to the flooding. The full extent of the damage in Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota remains unclear.

The USDA's weekly crop progress report will provide updates on current conditions. However, the next major report, the WASDE report, is scheduled for July 12th. This report may offer further insights into potential adjustments due to weather events.

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