Grain prices across Western Canada pulled back this week as the market takes into account new supply and demand forecasts, 2017/18 acreage estimates, and South American weather.
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Grain markets continue to trade sideways through February as South American weather and 2017/18 acreage estimates are the focus of most participants.
Grain markets pushed into February on the downtrend after reaching new highs the week before on continued weather concerns out of South America.
Grain markets are trending lower for the most part as we push through to the end of January with geopolitical risk and South American weather continuing to guide things.
Grain markets through the middle of January continue to be driven by South American weather challenges, namely flooding in parts of Argentina just as the soybean crop down there is starting to emerge.
Grain markets over the holidays traded mostly sideways, with things focused on what is happening in South America. Most recently, we got the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) January World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, which tends to provide some fireworks and it did not disappoint this year.
Grain markets are ending 2016 with a divergent fact: cereals and coarse grains all dropped year-over-year, whereas oilseeds climbed higher.