Category: Agriculture

  • Incredible Velocity Movement Between KC Wheat and Chicago Corn

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    Commentary provided by Chad Burlet of Third Street AG Investments As always, the month of March and the first quarter ended with the USDA’s release of their March 1 stocks report and their spring planting intentions report. These reports often have the potential to dramatically disrupt conventional wisdom and today’s report did not disappoint. For the past several years the stocks numbers have provided the biggest surprise, but today it was the acreage estimates that rocked the market. Both corn and soybeans came in well below the average of the analysts’ estimates. An overwhelming majority expected the two major row crops to … Read more Incredible Velocity Movement Between KC Wheat and Chicago Corn
  • February 2021 Grain Market Commentary

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    Commentary provided by Chad Burlet of Third Street AG Investments With only one trading day left in February, it’s clear that the spring acreage fight has captured the market’s attention. While old crop corn and soybeans struggled near highs that were set weeks ago, November soybeans and December corn raced to new contract highs yesterday. Through today’s close December corn has gained 21 cents on March corn and November soybeans have gained 52 cents on March soybeans.  On February 18-19 the USDA held its annual Agricultural Outlook Forum. This event always provides the USDA’s first look at the supply and demand … Read more February 2021 Grain Market Commentary
  • JTM Capital Management – Major Factors Affecting Agriculture

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    Following up on last month’s commentary, July featured lower than average rainfall and higher than average temperatures across most of the US’s primary growing regions. Interestingly enough these results were quite different than the NOAA long-range forecasts issued for the month. Specifically, most of the Corn Belt experienced maximum temperatures that averaged 2-4 degrees (F) above normal. As you can see on the left even with this year’s extremely wet spring, drought conditions are expected to develop in key growing regions of IA, IL, and IN. This is definitely something to keep an eye on as near perfect conditions will be needed to substantially increase row crop yields at this point … Read more JTM Capital Management – Major Factors Affecting Agriculture
  • Third Street AG July Commentary

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    U.S. farmers planted the final eight million acres of corn and soybeans in July. While that is a record and clearly the lead story for the agricultural markets, it was also the lead story in May and June. As most of the U.S. experienced better than expected weather in July, the markets appeared to grow weary of the “Record Slow Planting” story as the month went on. The futures markets for corn, wheat and soybeans all followed the same path: putting in their highs mid-month and then closing the month on their lows. All three markets were helped higher by the bullish wheat surprise in the July 11th WASDE report. The USDA cut their production estimate for our five major exporting competitors by a combined 10 million metric tons (MMT). Chicago wheat futures quickly rallied 25 cents and the other markets followed … Read more Third Street AG July Commentary
  • Call Option on Weather Shocks Through Agricultural Managed Futures Managers

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    There is the potential for a major agricultural price dislocation if a strong La Nina effect lasts through the summer. It is unclear whether the current La Nina effects will continue, and current expectations are that it will dissipate in the spring, but history suggests that ENSO effects can disrupt many major commodity prices including corn, soybeans, wheat, coffee, and sugar. So how can investors take advantage of this uncertain opportunity? … Read more Call Option on Weather Shocks Through Agricultural Managed Futures Managers