DTN Grain Close: Corn Finishes Lower, Ethanol Plant Idled

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December corn closed down 5 3/4 cents after the ethanol producer, POET, announced it was idling an Indiana plant that processes 30 million bushels of corn a year. November soybeans held a small gain, while all three wheats ended lower.

 

Broadly weaker grain trade at midday after early gains fade.

CORN

Corn is 4 to 5 cents lower at midday with initial overnight gains giving way to broad selling again as long liquidation continues with little fresh demand news to support action and no surprises on the crop tour. Weather should continue to remain a short-term non-issue as the crop tour moves through Nebraska and Indiana today.

Ethanol margins remain poor with blenders seeing the most short-term benefits with ethanol futures drifting lower. Basis remains mixed overall with harvest getting closer. Weekly crop progress showed conditions 1% lower to 56% good to excellent, 14% poor to very poor, 95% silked vs. 99% on average, 55% in the dough vs. 76% average, and 15% dented vs 30% on average.

On the September nearby chart support is likely the $3.59 low with the lower Bollinger Band at $3.54 below that with resistance the 10-day at $3.80, reflecting the break.

SOYBEANS

Soybean trade is narrowly mixed with overnight strength fading on spillover pressure from the corn and wheat action. Meal is 1.00 to 2.00 higher and oil is 20 to 30 points lower. Basis remains flat overall. The Brazilian ral gave up its recovery and remains near the bottom, along with the issues in Argentina.

The weather looks to be a short-term non-issue for soybeans as well coming forward. The trade situation remains little changed as well. Weekly crop progress showed conditions 1% lower to 53% good to excellent, 14% poor to very poor, 90% blooming vs. 96% on average, and 68% setting pods vs. 85% on average.

September chart support is the lower Bollinger Band at $8.42, with the next round up the 10-day $8.65.

WHEAT

Wheat trade is 1 to 8 cents lower with selling again resuming during the day session. The Kansas City/Chicago spread is at 73 after a high of 90 cents last week. The corn/HRW spread is narrower, back to 25 cents. Kansas City wheat is now back to competitive on the world market trading as well as into feed rations.

Spring wheat harvest should expand with winter wheat just about wrapped up, with Europe continuing to move towards spring wheat harvest as well. Weekly crop progress showed winter wheat 93% harvested vs. 98% on average, with spring wheat 16% harvested vs. 49% on average, and 70% good to excellent, and 7% poor to very poor, down 1%.

The September Kansas City chart support is the new low at 3.80 3/4 with the first resistance the 10-day at $3.98.

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