Jul 21, 2021

A quiet day in Chicago with corn trading a small 4 cent range after 9:30 this morning.  Soybean trade was also uneventful, working a 10 cent range from about 10:00am through the remainder of the day session.  Traders have been churning through the same headlines over the past week and there is a limit to what kind of weather premium we can currently squeeze out of the market.  It appeared managed money was gunning to fill the gap at 573’4 on the December corn chart at the 8:30 open this morning but they fell 1/2 cent short.  Ethanol numbers for the week showed output down 13,000 barrels/day to 1.03 million bpd and stocks increasing 1.38 mln bbls to 22.52 mln bbls.  After gaining about $1.50/bu over 7 consecutive higher closes, spring wheat became very vulnerable to profit taking and has been down hard the past 2 days.  September corn futures mark another day failing to hold ground above the 571 level.  Interestingly enough, the wildfire situation in Canada has damaged tracks and slowed down rail traffic with the number of railcars unloading at the Port of Vancouver down 77% from last year.

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