Wheat for December delivery dropped 1.1% to $5.95 1/2 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) on Friday. Traders were cautious ahead of the holiday weekend, uncertain about the impact of Black Sea wheat on the export market.
While Ukrainian farmers have managed to export more grains this year compared to the previous year, concerns linger about the availability of Black Sea wheat. According to Commerzbank, these farmers have been able to find alternative transport routes to access the global market. However, positive production forecasts and hot weather conditions in some growing areas have added to the pressure on wheat prices.
Soybeans and Corn Show Stability
In contrast, soybeans for November delivery remained relatively stable at $13.68 1/2 a bushel. Similarly, corn for December delivery increased by 0.9%, reaching $4.82 3/4 a bushel.
The wheat market experienced a reversal in sentiment, with prices initially gaining in the morning before turning downwards later in the day. Brian Hoops of Midwest Market Solutions attributes this volatility to short-covering, as traders sought to minimize their exposure rather than making fresh purchases.
The limited trading volume on CBOT contributed to the short-covering wave. While this provided an initial boost to futures, selling pressure returned in the afternoon session.
- Wheat prices fell as traders remained uncertain about the impact of Black Sea wheat on the export market.
- Ukrainian farmers have found alternative transport routes to continue exporting grains globally.
- Positive production forecasts and hot weather in certain regions have put further downward pressure on wheat prices.
- Soybean and corn prices showed stability during this period.
- Short-covering activity dominated the morning trading session, followed by a shift towards selling in the afternoon.
The grain market is preparing for the harvest season, which is expected to have an impact on prices. However, traders are being cautious about predicting the exact seasonal low price before the upcoming WASDE report this month. According to Doug Bergman of RCM Alternatives, there are currently no clear signals indicating that the seasonal low has been reached.
Beat the Heat
As we continue to experience hot weather, there is uncertainty among grain traders and analysts regarding its effect on U.S. corn and soybeans. Arlan Suderman of StoneX raises an important question in his note: How has this heat affected the yield as corn matured and soybeans attempted to fill their pods? While some areas have seen crops die prematurely, this is not the case across the entire Midwest region.
The USDA and CBOT will be closed on Monday in celebration of Labor Day, and they will reopen on Tuesday.
The USDA will release its weekly grains export inspections report at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday.
The USDA will release its weekly crop progress report at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
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