DTN Grain Close: Row Crops Slightly Higher; Trade Gestures Offered

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December corn ended up 1 1/2 cents and November soybeans were up 3 1/4 cents, helped by small trade concessions from the U.S. and China ahead of their October meeting. All three wheats were slightly lower Friday, but finished higher on the week.

 

Corn is 1 cent to 2 cents higher; soybeans are 4 cents to 6 cents higher, and wheat is 1 cents to 4 cents higher. Outside markets are lightly mixed.

CORN

Corn is 2 cents to 3 cents higher at midday with follow-through buying from the strong finish Thursday and more optimism on the trade front. Weather remains a short-term nonissue with higher temperatures and wetter weather to the north. Corn basis should start to see more pressure in the south with harvest soon. The expected ethanol policy announcements have yet to come this week, with margins still under pressure and flat futures Friday morning.

The WASDE report pegged yield at 168.2 bushels per acre (bpa), down 1.3 bpa from August, but above expectations, with old crop carryout at 2.446 billion bushels (bb), up 84 million bushels (mb) from last month, and new crop at 2.19 bb up, 9 mb from last month, with acres unchanged on softer demand.

On the December contract support is at the 20-day at $3.66 with the upper Bollinger band above trade at $3.79.

SOYBEANS

Soybean trade is 4 cents to 6 cents higher with trade optimism helping us consolidate action right around $9.00 on the November contract. Meal is $2.50 to $3.50 higher, and oil is flat to 10 cents higher. Crush margins remain positive with meal back to $300 a ton. The bullish export story needs China coming forward as U.S. export competitiveness improves on the world market with active bookings off the Pacific Northwest the last few days with 204,000 metric tons (mt) on the daily wire Friday.

Bean basis remains flat in the interior. South American currencies remain weak as planting season draws closer. On the report, yield was 48.2 bpa, down .3 bpa with larger but fewer pods, with old-crop carryout at 1.054 bb, down 65 mb from last month, and new crop at 640 mb, down 105 mb from last month, with acres unchanged.

On the November chart we have support at the 50-day at $8.84 and the upper Bollinger band at $8.91, with resistance being the 200-day at $9.15.

WHEAT

Wheat trade is 1 cent to 4 cents higher with trade following the lead of the row crops with the winter wheat leading with little fresh news for the wheat. The Kansas City/Chicago spread is at 82 cents, back at the high end of the range. The corn/HRW spread is tight hanging around the 37-cent area.

KC wheat is competitive on the world market, but we need to see the business and more buyers to move the board out away from our lows. Spring wheat harvest is in the home stretch. The report came in unchanged at 1.98 bb of production, and stocks at 1.014 bb.

The December KC chart support is at the 20-day at $4.00, with resistance at the upper Bollinger Band at $4.13.

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