* Overnight markets have corn +1 1/2, soybeans even, wheat -2, crude oil even, dollar +.25, gold +13.0 and the Dow -100.
* Mixed overnight trade with corn finding support on renewed export interest.
* USDA’s weekly crop progress report will be out this afternoon. Trade will be watching for signs of wheat condition deterioration and for the corn planting pace in the Delta and South.
* Ukragroconsult raised their Ukraine wheat production estimate to 18.5 mln mt, up from the previous estimate of 17.7 mln mt. Last year’s crop was 26.5 mln mt.
* Safras Mercado estimates the Brazil soy harvest 71% complete vs 74% on average. Corn harvest is estimated at 75.8% complete vs 60% last year.
* Wheat continues to face the headwinds of Europeans and Russians making room for the upcoming harvest.
* Cool, wet in the Central and Eastern Midwest look to lead to a slower start for spring work – but more ‘normal’ conditions should return following the retreat of the Canadian cold front.
Commodity Weather Group Forecast
In the U.S., beneficial pre-planting showers are currently scattered across the southern Canadian Prairies and near the U.S. border, with activity also noted in the Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic in the past day. Scattered showers will occur from IA into the Great Lakes and OH Valley later today/tomorrow, lingering around the Great Lakes through the rest of the week. Broader coverage of the southern Midwest/Delta will hold off until next Monday/Tuesday, with additional activity in the 11 to 15 day. These events will slow southern corn/rice seeding again and keep soft wheat in the Delta unfavorably wet, but a 10-day stretch of dry weather ahead of the next event will prevent more serious wetness concerns. Cold air (20s, with teens in snow-covered areas) in the eastern Midwest currently and again this weekend will not pose a damage threat to soft wheat. Warm and dry conditions will allow moisture stress to build further for jointing wheat in 40% of the belt this week, but the 6 to 10 day rain chances have improved for TX/OK. 11 to 15 day rains are then expected to focus on the C. Plains, and parts of western KS may struggle most to see relief. 6 to 15 day forecast confidence does remain quite low due to poor model agreement. However, stress could be reduced to 1/4 of the belt, with additional relief possible in the 16 to 30 day.
In South America, Brazil rains (.25 to .75″) were isolated in northern Mato Grosso/southern Rio Grande do Sul yesterday, with little change this week. Showers expand in the northern and southern thirds of the belt next week, but the central 1/3 remains dry. Moisture stress will impact early safrinha corn pollination in 1/4 of the belt. Argentina rains (.25 to 1.25″, locally 3.5″) favored Buenos Aires/C. Santa Fe/N. Entre Rios yesterday. Rains (up to 4″) are confined to the northeast 1/4 of the belt this week. All areas dry next week to allow harvest to resume, but rain in the 11 to 15 day stalls most harvest again.
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