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WEATHER MODELS IMPROVE. HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS WILL BE OBSERVED THROUGH OCT 15. NO FROST RISK EXISTS RIGHT NOW
Rain will continue to delay harvest across much of the Midwest. We are in the midst of a weather pattern change here in the Western Great Lakes region. It was 80 degrees when I went to bed, rain is expected with temps in the upper 50’s by Friday. Then things will warm up again. The models going forward are very friendly to this crop. Below average chances of rainfall and above average temps are just what the agronomists are calling for. Down in Texas, the story is not so rosy. The last thing panhandle cotton needs right now is moisture like we saw yesterday. Because cotton demand is such a dumpster fire and the acreage was so high, folks are sleeping on this cotton crop being nearly a disaster in some areas. I think we would be in the mid-50’s without it. If a trade deal would be signed, watch out. Lottery ticket buyers may want to look at some cheap OTM March or May calls just in case Trump can find a buyer for a couple million bales of cotton.
YIELD GUESSES REMAIN NEAR USDA FOR MOST HUMAN ANALYSTS, SATELLITES ARE MUCH LOWER
Yield guess for this crop year continue to roll in, FC stone raised corn yields yesterday to 169.3 while dropping bean yields to 48.1. Indigo ag, one of the few private satellite forecasters who publish publicly remains in the low 160’s and 47’s. Folks I know who have been doing this a while and have insight into the USDA think no yield cut will come in the next report. I think you have to do some hedging here. Look at spring wheat, look at Crude! These markets give you chances like this only so often. If you are looking to deliver corn before the end of the year, take advantage of the carry and use Jan options. The USDA gives and can take away in a NY minute. Doing nothing is a decision. Keep in mind these are Jan options, trading off March corn and Jan bean futures. These are not your only choices. Between the US/China meeting and the WASDE, there is a lot that can change.
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