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Overnight Highlights

·         China’s central bank lowered key interest rates for the second time in three months on Saturday as it tries to stimulate the Asian economy. Seventeen central banks have cut interest rates since the first of the year.

·         The dollar pushed to a fresh 11-year high on the news, but turned lower when it found little buying interest at the new highs.

·         Crude oil traded back below $49 per barrel overnight and has thus far not been able to post much of a recovery despite the dollar’s turn lower.

·         Brazil stepped up enforcement on its roads and highways over the weekend with arrests and fines, removing most blockades.

·         Soybeans firm overnight on solid upfront demand amid harvest delays.

·         Wheat futures firmed on follow-through buying following last week’s reversal as traders wait to see monthly condition scores later today for key production states.

·         Corn prices were modestly lower on increased farm deliveries.

Commodity Weather Group Forecast

In the U.S., weekend snow (1 to 5”) fell in the southern 2/3 of the Plains, and 2 to 10” covered the southern 2/3 of the Midwest. Snow focuses on the northwest Midwest corn belt today, but the main storm this week produces snow (2 to 8”) in the northern 1/2 of the Delta and far southern Midwest wheat at mid-week and rain across the rest of the Delta/Southeast (.50 to 1.5”, locally 3”).

The moisture will continue to eradicate moisture deficits in the Delta, with only isolated ponding. There is one last cold push capable of sub-0°F readings in the eastern Midwest late this week but only in snow-protected areas. Showers in the 11 to 15 day period could benefit much of the C. Plains and Midwest wheat, as temperatures moderate.

In South America, weekend thundershowers scattered across mainly Mato Grosso, southwest Goias, northeast Minas Gerais, western Espirito Santo, Bahia, western Parana, southeast Sao Paulo, and northwest Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil. Showers will remain active until at least Friday in northwest corn/soy areas, with a bit of a downturn in the 6 to 10 day but a return of 11 to 15 day rain.

The lack of a sustained break will keep safrinha corn seeding slow and raise risks for reduced output. Interruptions to fieldwork in central Brazil will be less persistent but occur in the 6 to 10 day. Coffee/sugar concerns will continue to ease.

Argentina was wetter than expected, with showers in much of Cordoba, Santa Fe, and north-central/southern Buenos Aires. This helped to reduce dry central soy areas, and additional relief is possible at mid-week. However, the mid-week rains will also bring locally heavy totals (up to 4”) and minor flooding in already wet fields across the northwest 1/4 of the corn belt. While there will be some breaks for these areas in the 6 to 15 day, the outlook has trended wetter.

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