May 20, 2021

Corn and soybeans were mostly higher overnight and for a majority of the day session.  Corn was able to keep part of its gains into the close, with new crop finishing 13 higher, but beans faded early in the final hour, closing 2-5 cents into the red.  It appears we have found some support levels in corn to work off of.  With the glut of the excess spec money liquidated out, we can now get back to keying direction off of fundamentals.  The demand outlook for corn continues to look positive with end-users posting good margins, numbers that are sure to improve with a 70 cent pull back in the futures.  USDA reported another flash sale of 1.224 mln tonnes of new crop corn to China this morning, adding another 48.1 mln bushels to their 21/22 marketing year total.  Soybeans continue to slip away from their highs with the July contract settling $1.34 below its contract high set back on May 12.  Soybean basis has been weakening in that same time frame but expect demand to pick up with the raw product becoming cheaper.  Weekly export sales were headlined by corn posting 4.062 mln tonnes of new crop sold.  Old crop corn had net sales of 278k tonnes and old crop beans offered some upside to the market with 84k tonnes sold.  Recent rain falls will keep the market on guard as some dry areas continue to pick up moisture.

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