Wednesday February 5, 2020

  • Markets testing higher for the second day in a row – the first positive move since the coronavirus came into headlines a week and a half ago stirring uncertainty in global demand
  • Technical buying sparked yesterday with corn and beans having some bargain hunters come in and start buying out of their short position 
  • U.S. soybean export inspections rose to the highest level in 8 weeks up over 10 million bu from last week to 49.8 million bu
  •  Brazil’s government reported January soybean exports at 1.49 MMT (million metric tonnes) down sharply from December;s exports at 3.44 MMT and last January’s 2.04 MMT 
    • weakening Brazilian exports sparking optimism for potential exports from the U.S. 
  • FCStone reports Brazilian 2019/2020’s soybean production up 8% from last season to 124.0 MMT – early yield results strong 
  • FCStone also increased their estimate for first crop Brazilian corn to 25.9 MMT and second crop corn production at 72.0 MMT 
  • U.S. December soybean crush numbers came in at 184.7 million bu – slightly below estimates but up from Novembers 174.6 million bu and higher than the same month last year
  • U.S. corn used for ethanol came in at 479.2 million bu – also up from November and the same month last year