* Overnight trade has corn even, soybeans +1, wheat +1, crude +.18, dollar -.27, gold +4.1 and the Dow +16.
* Mixed, quite overnight trade. Some help from higher energy and lower US dollar.
* Weekly USDA export sales out this morning. To meet USDA projections, weekly sales need to average corn at 27 mln, soybean at 11 mln, wheat 10 mln bu.
* Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report had all hogs and pigs on Dec 1 at 101 percent of a year ago, just under analyst estimate of 101.4 percent.
* Northern Brazil receiving scattered showers with the market anticipating a shift north of rain patterns in the next couple weeks.
* CME agricultural products close at 12:00 CT today.
Commodity Weather Group Forecast
In South America, widely scattered showers occurred in northern/south-central Mato Grosso, western Goias, northeast Mato Grosso do Sul, and southern/western Sao Paulo in Brazil during the past day, with more organized rains in central/eastern Parana, Santa Catarina, and particularly Rio Grande do Sul (locally up to 7″ in west-central RGDS). Rains will continue to favor the south through the weekend, but heaviest totals (4″+) shift a bit farther north. Southwest Parana and western RGDS
stand the greatest risk for excess moisture, particularly in parts of west-central RGDS that have now reported around 20″ this month in some locations. While a few weekend showers will scatter into Center-West Brazil, up to 20% of soy and summer corn will remain at risk for moisture stress in the next week. Models then remain very supportive of a significant upturn in rain (possibly averaging at least 2 to 4″) for dry northern crop areas and a beneficial break in the south starting late next week.
This will at least temporarily ease concerns, including a welcome return of moisture for sugar/coffee areas. Argentina picked up locally heavy rain in far northern areas in the past day, but a few scattered showers also occurred in southern Cordoba/southwest Santa Fe. The pattern is relatively quiet until the middle of next week. While some guidance does show wetter risks, 6 to 15 day showers are expected to be beneficial for corn/soy and should only cause minor delays to wheat harvest.
In the U.S., rains (.25 to 1.5″, locally 4.5″) covered most of the Midwest/Southeast/northern Delta
wheat in the past day. Rains remain frequent in the Midwest/Delta through Monday, while heavy
snow (6 to 12″+) in the southwest Plains benefits wheat but stresses livestock. Flooding centers on
the northern Delta/southern Midwest, but a drier 6 to 15 day allows fields to drain and limits damage.
Cold pushes in Plains/Midwest wheat remain too weak for winterkill in the next two weeks.
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