Grain Update 5.5.17

Weather is the name of the game.  Last weekend saw extremely heavy rains in part of the Eastern Corn Belt and snow in key wheat growing regions.  While wheat was initially the market driver, the corn market quickly responded in kind by moving higher to start the week.  Soybeans were surprisingly resilient moving higher with the corn as well.  As the week wore on, weather forecasts improved with nearly every new model run, putting pressure on the futures.  Late week ran again in the eastern Belt and Delta has once again slowed progress, this time in bean planting.  As the market continues to debate the potential replant or yield damage in the critical “I” states, the weather here in Minnesota looks clear for rapid expansion of planting progress.

From a basis point of view, we have seen values soften slightly with this week’s uptick in corn.  In general, the end users of corn know there is a vast supply of corn sitting on the farm and in the elevators unsold.  These users know the corn will need to move to market post-planting to make space for the next crop.  With that in mind, there is little reason to expect basis to improve in the short term.  Our sense is that corn basis will stay mostly steady until planting is wrapped up and the crop is out of the ground.  At that point, it is likely we will see basis deteriorate throughout the summer into next fall.

Bean basis on the other hand is actually seeing some slight improvement in an effort to keep trucks moving to the processors throughout the planting season.  Chances are once the planters get parked, bean basis will fall apart quickly.


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