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Corn futures are trading steady at midday.  Weekly ethanol production was 5K barrels per day lower than the previous week, coming in at 954K bpd.  Stocks of ethanol were up 700,000 at 18.6 million barrels after being surprisingly low last week.  This looks like catch up. Trader talk is that South Africa raised its estimate for corn production this season by 0.9% to 14.02MMT.   The head of Ukraine’s state weather forecasting center stated that Ukrainian corn production could decline by 6% to 29MMT this year because of military conflicts in eastern areas of the country. 

Sep 14 Corn is at $3.62 1/4, up 3/4 cent,

Dec 14 Corn is at $3.71 3/4, up 3/4 cent,

Mar 15 Corn is at $3.83 3/4, up 3/4 cent

May 15 Corn is at $3.91 3/4, up 1/2 cent


Soybean futures are trading 6 cents lower to 7 cents higher. The debate continues whether current dry conditions are hurting the crop in the WCB. Cool temps are mititgating any moisture stress from what it might otherwise be. US Export inspections still show 39 million bushels needed to meet USDA forecasts for the year, but Census numbers are official and have been running larger than inspections. They are also released at least a month and a half later, with the marketing year total not likely to be released until mid-October.

Aug 14 Soybeans are at $12.34, up 7 1/2 cents,

Sep 14 Soybeans are at $11.15 1/2, down 6 cents,

Nov 14 Soybeans are at $10.92, down 3 cents,

Jan 15 Soybeans are at $10.99 1/4, down 3 1/4 cents,

Aug 14 Soybean Meal is at $392.90, down $2.50,

Aug 14 Soybean Oil is at $36.11, down $0.14


Wheat futures are trading 3 to 6 cents higher at midday.  Trader talk is that the Buenos Aires Cereal Exchange lowered their estimate for planted wheat acres in Argentina from 1.1 M acres to 1.03M.  South Africa lowered their planted wheat acres to 1.2M acres, down 4.3% from the previous year. Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture export sales of another 205,500 metric tons of wheat to Nigeria.  Reuters reports that Egypt bought 175,000 MT of Russian wheat at its overnight tender for mid-September delivery. The US was not expected to be competitive due to freight costs.


Sep 14 CBOT Wheat is at $5.26 3/4, up 6 3/4 cents,

Sep 14 KCBT Wheat is at $6.16 1/4, up 4 3/4 cents,

Sep 14 MGEX Wheat is at $6.14, up 3 1/2 cents


Cattle futures are trading $0.75 to $1.02 higher at midday.  Feeders are $1.65 to $1.70 higher.  Wholesale beef prices are higher, with choice boxes up $1.69 at $263.03.  The select cut out is up $2.47 at $261.50. The choice/select spread has narrowed to only $1.53 due to strong demand for the lower quality (and less expensive) Select product. Packers continue to receive significant returns from the byproduct credit, quoted at $16.31/cwt today. At last weeks estimated average live weight of 1316 pounds, that credit would be $214.63 per head! Cash trade is not expected until later in the week. Asking prices appear to be $168-170 in the south and $266-269 in the north.


Aug 14 Cattle are at $159.800, up $1.025,

Oct 14 Cattle are at $160.075, up $1.000,

Dec 14 Cattle are at $159.900, up $0.750,

Aug 14 Feeder Cattle are at $223.125, up $1.700

Sep 14 Feeder Cattle are at $224.100, up $1.650

Oct 14 Feeder Cattle are at $223.800, up $1.675

Lean Hogs

Lean hogs are trading $0.72 to $0.25 lower at midday.  The average pork carcass cutout value is $1.73lower at $129.40.   Cash hog prices continue to be under pressure despite the steady tone in the cutouts. The packer wins in that situation. IA/MN area carcass base prices are $2.04 lower, the WCB hogs are $1.98 lower.   ECB prices were not reported this morning due to confidentiality requirements.   


Aug 14 Hogs are at $120.725, down $0.725,

Oct 14 Hogs are at $105.650, down $0.425

Dec 14 Hogs are at $96.350, down $0.250


Cotton futures are trading 65 points lower to 32 points higher at midday.   Cert stocks were reported at 146,136 bales, with 10,945 decerts and 0 new certs.    The Cotlook A Index is down 0.60 at 80.40.  China cotton futures on the Zhengzhou exchange for January delivery were down 0.34%.  Grower to business sales were reported at 729 bales. 


Oct 14 Cotton is at 64.76, up 32 points,

Dec 14 Cotton is at 64.3, down 71 points

Mar 15 Cotton is at 65.26, down 65 points

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