Crude oil pricing rises as OPEC+ limits production growth

Brent crude oil futures surged this past week, topping $81 per barrel, a level not seen since 2014, making a contract and yearly high after the most recent OPEC+ meeting. The OPEC+ Joint Technical Committee (JTC) met ahead of the regular member meeting to [...]

Corn futures edge lower ahead of WASDE

Futures activity Dec-21 corn futures dropped by roughly $0.10 over last week to close at $5.3050 per bushel. Since the last week of September, futures have traded in a narrow range. S&D and fundamental factors Global ending stocks are projected to rise by about [...]

September FAO food price indexes up across the board

Led by cereals, vegetable oils, and dairy, all FAO food price subindexes were up in September. Though gains were modest, the aggregate Food Price Index (FPI) still rose over 1 percent from August. (All values are adjusted for inflation.) The FPI showed monthly gains [...]

South American corn & soybean planting begins

At the start of October, early-season corn planting in Brazil was about a third complete, slightly above the five-year average. Brazil’s soybean crop was some 4 percent planted, a couple of points above the average. Light to moderate rains and warm to hot temperatures [...]

Outlook for West Africa main crops; farmgate prices announced

Cocoa regulators in both Ghana and Ivory Coast have been warning for months of smaller 2021/22 crops as trees “rest” from bumper crops of the last two seasons—a phenomenon known as tree fatigue. A dry spring and harmattan season most likely pressured pod set [...]

Will Thailand’s sugar production recover?

Historically a major sugar supplier, Thailand saw its exports climb above 10 MMT in 2018 and 2019 thanks to back-to-back crops above 14 MMT. Drought lowered its 2019/20 crop to a ten-year low of under 8.3 MMT, however, halving its exports that season. With [...]

Weekly corn & soybean crop ratings unchanged

As of Sep. 26, U.S. corn was rated 59 percent good to excellent and 15 percent poor to very poor, unchanged from the week prior. Corn maturity was nearly three-fourths complete nationwide and was about 10 points above the five-year average. Harvest was 18 [...]

Corn futures remain in consolidated trading pattern

Futures activity Dec-21 corn futures closed last week a bit higher at just under $5.27 per bushel. Futures are inverted for the second half of 2022, with the July contract less than a cent lower than that of May and September futures about $0.26 [...]

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