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.
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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.
Grains passed the midway of December doing a bit better on the cash front than where they were a month ago. Some weather issues in Argentina and recent production reports are supporting the oilseeds complex, while most other grains are trading sideways.
Grain markets got through the first week of December slightly higher as South American weather, new production reports, and export sales lead the bullish charge from harvest lows six weeks ago.
Grains pulled back from some of their highs the week prior as market participants looked to close up some trades and lock in some profits for the month of November. While the highs of the month were posted for most grains right after the E.P.A.’s announcement last week, the oilseeds market did end the month with a positive gain on…