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E-Visor Reports: Market Watch

 
Thursday, June 18, 2020
One factor from last week’s supply and demand data continues to weigh on trade, that being the stocks to use ratios. These are all higher than in recent years indicating the domestic market has plenty of corn, soybeans, and wheat. In the WASDE report, the stocks to use was reported at 15.3% on old crop corn and 22.5% on new crop corn. Stocks to use on soybeans was 15% on old crop and 9.1% on new. The ratio on wheat was 46.3% on the 2020 crop and 44.6% on the 2021 crop. These are all historically high and why the USDA is expecting commodity values to remain depressed for the remainder of the marketing year and into next year as well. Until we see these numbers decline it will be hard to sustain a market rally, regardless of what we see in the day to day market. There are two ways we traditionally see these ratios change, either elevated demand or decreased production. If we see and alteration this year it will likely need to be from a combination of both. US crop production is expected to be large this year given recent and current growing conditions. That does not mean we will not see issues develop before harvest and crop size be reduced. At the same time, demand has been good, but not quite what was hoped for by trade, especially on soybeans. Either way, in order to see prices rally we will need to see these numbers shrink. 

Highlights
* More US plants coming back on-line
* Weekly production up 28,000 barrels
* Ethanol stocks down 456,000 barrels
* Average Us corn basis -23 July futures
* Corn basis strongest since March
* Average soy basis 4.5% narrower than low
* Farmers selling remains light
* China closes schools, businesses to prevent Covid spread
* China also limits travel
* Mexico to limit farm labor sharing with US/Canada

Corn
* DDG exports remain strong
* DDG values fall compared to soy meal
* Larger EU carryout expected
* Seasonals do not support corn futures
* New crop selling very limited 

Soybeans
* Egypt ups US imports
* Meal demand slows
* Crush margins fading
* China has only covered 12% of Phase 1 agreement
* June sales currently total 82.8 mbu

Wheat
* New crop exports -23% from year ago
* Harvest pressure building
* US sees large yields, low protein
* Russian plantings up 1.23 million acres
* EU lowers crop estimate

Livestock
* Labor issues remain at packing plants   
* Funds holding long cattle futures
* Retail beef values hold firm
* Restaurant demand on the rise
* Large US hog supply a concern

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