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Weekly Crop Comments

 

Price

Change

US Dollar

79.18

-0.64

Crude

97.64

+1.76

Dow

14,010

+114

Corn, cotton and soybean prices are up while wheat prices are down for the week. Weather and how it will affect South American grain production has been supportive of the corn and soybean markets this week. There has been some concern whether the weather may delay Brazil’s harvest and just when they would have exportable quantities available. The nearby futures contracts have been the main beneficiaries of these concerns but there has been some spillover to the new crop months. This could be providing opportunities for the 2013 crop. USDA will release their monthly reports on February 8.

Corn:
Nearby:

Corn

Price
$/bushel

Change

March

7.36

+$0.06 ¾

-0.18 3/4

7.28

+$0.16

Resistance

7.50

+$0.18

Technical

Buy

++

20 Day MA

7.18

+$0.10

50 Day MA

7.24

+$0.01

100 Day MA

7.36

-$0.03


Weekly exports were within expectations with net sales of 10 million bushels (7.4 million bushels for the 2012/13 marketing year and 2.6 million bushels of net sales for the 2013/14 year). Ethanol production dropped 22,000 barrels per day to 770,000 barrels per day in the latest report. Unless improvement is seen, USDA may lower both exports and corn for ethanol in future reports and may do so next Friday. A private estimate puts Brazil’s and Argentina’s corn production at 146 million bushels lower than USDA’s January estimate.

New Crop:

Corn

Price
$/bushel

Change

September

6.12 ¼

+0.05

Support

6.10

+0.08

Resistance

6.22

+0.07

Technical

Sell

+

20 Day MA

6.09

-0.01

50 Day MA

6.29

-0.02

100 Day MA

6.44

-0.04


At current price levels for 2013 production, corn holds an economic advantage over soybeans considering average yields. This is leading to estimates for an acreage increase this year. It is doubtful that demand will rebound enough to use any of the excessive stocks generated from reasonable weather. This is much the same outlook we saw in 2012 where without the drought reduced yields, prices were headed lower. The same could be said for 2013 with even a possibility of a greater decline due to reduced demand and higher acres. Weather or weather outlook will be the market mover this spring and summer. I would look to be priced 25% by the end of March. Currently, I would have 10% of 2013 production priced. Target the $6.20 - $6.50 range for additional pricing but if prices start to drop back below $6.00, also be ready to price part of the crop.

Soybeans:
Nearby:

Soybeans

Price
$/bushel

Change

March

14.74 ¼

+0.33 ¼

Support

14.52

+0.46

Resistance

14.97

+0.43

Technical

Buy

=

20 Day MA

14.10

+0.04

50 Day MA

14.25

=

100 Day MA

14.87

-0.09


Weekly exports were again above expectations with net sales at 46 million bushels (14.2 million bushels for 2012/13 and 31.8million bushels for 2013/14). Strong sales again during the week have been reported.  Dry weather in Argentina and potential shipping delays for soybeans in Brazil have been supportive of prices. Prices today backed off their highs after one private estimate for South America has soybean production 73 million bushels higher than USDA’s last estimate.

New Crop:

Soybeans

Price
$/bushel

Change

November

13.32 ½

+0.29 ½

Support

13.17

+0.33

Resistance

13.46

+0.28

Technical

Strong Buy

+

20 Day MA

12.90

+0.06

50 Day MA

13.04

+0.05

100 Day MA

13.19

-0.02


I would add another 5% of pricing and have up to 10% priced on 2013 production.

Wheat:
Nearby:

Wheat

Price
$/bushel

Change

March

7.65

-0.11 ½

Support

7.49

-0.09

Resistance

7.99

+0.08

Technical

Strong Sell

-

20 Day MA

7.69

+0.02

50 Day MA

8.04

-0.08

100 Day MA

8.44

-0.06


Weekly exports were within expectations at net sales of 14.3 million bushels (10.8 million bushels for 2012/13 and 3.5 million bushels for 2013/14). Strong competition for exports is coming from India where they are stepping up their export program.

New Crop:

Wheat

Price
$/bushel

Change

July

7.78 ¼  

-0.10 ¼

Support

7.62

-0.09

Resistance

8.11

+0.09

Technical

Strong Sell

-

20 Day MA

7.83

+0.01

50 Day MA

8.16

-0.06

100 Day MA

8.38

-0.03


Poor conditions in the Plains states continue to be supportive of prices and have helped somewhat offset demand (export) concerns. Price may move sideways until the U.S. production picture is clear. I am currently priced 10% on the 2013 crop and would consider targeting the $8.30 - $8.50 range for pricing opportunities.

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