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- Despite a lower soybean crop estimate, Argentina kept their corn crop production unchanged at 36 mmt.
- The International Grain Council estimated the 23/24 corn crop at a near-record 1.2 billion metric tons.
- China has 84 mb of US corn remaining on the books, meaning that more cancellations are possible.
- The climate prediction center is forecasting drought improvement in the western US Plains over the next 3 months.
- July corn on Brazil’s Bovespa exchange is making new lows and trading around the equivalent of $4.49 per bushel.
- Argentina lowered their soybean crop estimate to 21 mmt from 22.5 previously. The USDA is still using a number of 27 mmt.
- Stochastics for both July and November soybeans indicate oversold conditions.
- Soybean crush premium (based on July futures) is down 12 cents this week to $1.89 per bushel. This is the lowest number since last summer.
- Crude oil is higher at midday, offering some support to the soybean oil market. Higher palm oil is also supportive.
- Parts of the southwestern Plains, including parts of Texas and Oklahoma, will see some more beneficial rains.
- The HRW crop tour came up with a yield of 30 bpa (vs a 5-year average of 45 bpa), and the lowest crop production estimate since 1963, at 178 mb.
- Despite the Black Sea corridor extension, there are said to be 62 vessels waiting for inspection, which is a slow process.
- Ukraine’s president is going to Japan to visit with the G7, to ask for support against Russia.
- Russian wheat export FOB values hit a 22-month low, at $250 per metric ton.