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The 2017 spring wheat tour kicks off this week. USDA pegs spring wheat yield at 40.3 bushels per acre—the lowest since 2011. A map of vegetative health in spring wheat areas confirms the pessimism. Conditions remain uneven across North Dakota, the largest producer of hard red spring wheat. Wheat conditions in the Red River Valley area look promising while western North Dakota is deep in drought. Final production will likely be determined by acres abandoned for insurance reasons. In fact, the Farm Service Agency’s acreage report may be just as important as yields to traders this season.

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COMMODITIES-CLIMATE

Is Nebraska Nearing the Point of No Return?

Searing heat hit Nebraska as the state’s corn fields started silking. Extreme heat (90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) can desiccate silks, reduce silk fertility, and depress pollen production. The end result is poor kernel development. Just 47% of Nebraska's corn crop reached the silking stage of development last week compared to 70% during the same week in 2012 (drought year). Nebraska’s corn yields plummeted to 142 bushels per acre (bu/ac) in 2012 from 160 bu/ac in 2011. While temperatures through mid-July averaged roughly 100 degrees Fahrenheit in 2012 and 2017, slower development of corn this year and NOAA's updated outlook gives Nebraska yields a chance. Nebraska’s corn yields had no such luck in 2012 when pollination intersected squarely with low 100 degree temperature during late July. Still, we anticipate that Nebraska’s corn conditions will drop on Monday after last week's heat and urge traders to closely monitor daily temps in Gro this week.

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Driven by a sharp reduction in California’s output, US asparagus production plunged by 66% between 2003 and 2016. Growers in the Mexicali Valley and Peru—ranked third and first in global production—are filling the gap. However, shrinking supply from both countries this summer could not come at a worse time. US cold storage of asparagus in May showed a 20% drop from a year ago. Retailers could turn to China, although production is reportedly overstated. The better alternative may be to look for extra supply from Spain where green asparagus looks promising.

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TRADE-COMMODITIES

Brazil’s Bumper Corn Crop May Spoil US Export Party:

Cheap US corn has attracted international demand in 2017. US corn exports are up 16% year-to-date, but demand has been uneven from the country’s top two buyers—Japan and Mexico. Japan has imported year-to-date 22% more corn compared to the same time period a year ago. Mexico’s purchases have dipped slightly over the same period. Brazil’s corn exports should ramp sharply in the second-half of 2017 after the trucker strike is resolved. Mexico could shift more corn purchases to Brazil if a NAFTA showdown occurs. Given Brazil’s larger corn harvest this season, the country can also build on its success in Japan. Brazil captured 30% of Japan’s corn imports for the first time last season. Traders and grain handlers should definitely keep a close eye on trade indicators in Gro.

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Average slaughter weights for US cattle climbed by roughly 7% to 1,363 pounds between 2006 and 2016. Rising feed costs and periodic droughts reduced US cattle numbers forcing the cattle industry to economize. Beefier cattle was the result. However, the pendulum is finally swinging in the opposite direction. Average cattle weights declined to a 3-year low in May as greater cattle supply and US demand pushed more lower-weight cattle to market.

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WASDE-GLOBAL TRADE

Ukraine’s Corn Export Potential Drops:

Crops across Ukraine’s key corn growing areas—central and northern oblasts—entered June in generally poor vegetative health. Although rainfall picked up across central Ukraine during the second half of June, cumulative seasonal rainfall is still 50% below average in many areas. What’s more, rising temperatures are likely resulting in increased evapotranspiration rates offsetting higher precipitation for crops. As such, we see a solid chance that the USDA will cut its forecast of Ukraine’s corn production on Wednesday. Given that Ukraine is projected to account for roughly 14% of global corn exports in 2017-18, we encourage traders and procurement groups to keep a close eye on Ukraine’s climate conditions in Gro.

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US wheat exports to Brazil have jumped despite higher sourcing costs. The differential between ocean freight rates for wheat sourced by Brazil from Argentina and the US Gulf is at a multi-year high. Furthermore, high-quality wheat prices at the US Gulf are quoted at a hefty premium over Argentine port prices. While the USDA expects increased Argentine wheat production, Brazil’s millers are concerned about the quality of Argentina’s wheat. If Brazil continues to pay up, we expect European exporters to take note.

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CLIMATE-WEATHER

Heatwave Sweeps Northeast China:

Corn conditions across Heilongjiang, China look to be in decent shape. Gro’s latest normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) reading shows that average green-up in the province is inline or above the 10-year mean. However, near-term conditions may be deceptive. The northeast region of China, including Heilongjiang, has experienced a scorching heat wave during June. If the Chinese Corn Belt continues to face heat stress, conditions could look much different come July. We recommend that traders keep a close eye on climate indicators within Gro in the coming week.

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The Chilean salmon industry collapsed following an infectious salmon anaemia virus outbreak in 2007. Recently, increased regulatory oversight has helped the industry spawn anew. Chile is regaining its title of top salmon supplier to the United States, although the recovery has been been turbulent. In turn, tighter global supply of salmon has boosted export prices. As a result, Chilean farms are planning to significantly expand production in 2017, which may dampen future global prices.

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COMMODITIES

June Grain Stocks Hinge on Feed and Residual Use:

Corn futures face a demand test when the USDA’s quarterly grain stocks report is released on Friday. The baseline estimate for corn stocks, as of June 1, is roughly 5 billion bushels, or 5% higher than a year ago. This outlook is based on weekly export and biofuel production data combined with historical assumptions around food and feed use. We see the report pivoting on food and residual use, especially as cattle-on-feed is increasing, but average slaughter weight is trending below year ago levels. We also suggest that logistics companies and grain handlers focus on on-farm stock levels, particularly if new crop yields fall short of expectations.

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Sugarcane is indigenous to Melanesia, a region of island nations including Fiji. Although sugar has been the economic backbone of Fiji, cane growers now struggle to overcome government neglect, rising indebtedness, and occasional cyclone-related damage. As a result, the country’s sugar output has dropped by half over the past 10 years. Water is now a more valuable export than sugar. Moreover, some cane growers, despairing over future prospects, are turning to vegetables and pulses. As such, sugar’s dominance may continue to erode.

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CROP CONDITIONS

Soybeans Pull Corn Along For The Ride:

US soybean conditions are off to a disappointing start this season—66% of US soybeans were rated in good-to-excellent shape vs. 74% a year ago. However, corn conditions were not only inline with expectations last week, but weather models also added more rain into the 6-to-10 day forecast. Despite a near-term dampening of the risk premium for corn, bets on the relative price spread between corn and soybeans pulled corn futures higher. As such, we encourage traders to keep a close eye on emerging vegetation data in the Midwest and the USDA’s rating of soybeans this week.

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Gro Intelligence Privacy Policy

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This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that we do not own or control, including but not limited to any third party websites, services and applications (“Third Party Services”) that you elect to access through the Service or to individuals that we do not manage or employ. While we attempt to facilitate access only to those Third Party Services that share our respect for your privacy, we cannot take responsibility for the content or privacy policies of those Third Party Services. We encourage you to carefully review the privacy policies of any Third Party Services you access.

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