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$61.00  0.29%  
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$54.00  1.22%  
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$36.29  1.65%  
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$93.11  0.31%  
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$68.31  1.39%  
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$19.10  5.12%  
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$76.97  0.94%  
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$66.31  0.25%  
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$122.23  0.30%  
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$100.43  0.07%  
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$97.92  0.30%  
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$28.56  0.00%  
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Mixed Day in Grains and Livestock Markets: Analysis and Outlook

mixed day grains

Grains slide on heavy deliveries, fast planting and some end of month squaring. Cattle markets battle H5N1 news.

Grain Market Pressure.


On Tuesday, grain and livestock futures were mixed. Experiencing mostly lower trading, with soybeans bearing the brunt of the pressure. Soybean oil also saw declines, primarily because heavy deliveries were reported on first notice day. Traders viewed the significant volume of over 500 contracts delivered against soybeans, along with over 2,000 contracts against soybean oil, as bearish, contributing to the downward pressure on soybean prices.

Crop Progress and Market Response.

Recent USDA reports revealed faster-than-expected planting progress for soybeans and corn, particularly in the Western Corn Belt. Farmers were notably active in planting ahead of forecasted rains, pushing planting progress well ahead of the five-year average. However, concerns arise about whether the pace of planting will be sustainable given the unfavorable weather forecast. May 15th marks an important date, as maintaining a faster-than-normal planting pace could impact yield projections.

Global and External Factors.

Global crop concerns, including dryness in Russia and Australia, along with freezing temperatures in Europe, are adding uncertainty to grain markets. Additionally, outside market factors such as a higher dollar and concerns about the economy contributed to profit-taking by funds. In the livestock market, concerns about the spread of h5n1 avian influenza impacted consumer confidence and led to back-and-forth trading in hog futures.

As the market navigates these challenges, attention will remain on planting progress, weather forecasts, and global crop conditions, which will continue to influence market dynamics in the coming weeks.

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