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Floor Talk August 31

At the close:

At the close, the Sep. corn futures settled 2 1/2¢ lower at $3.01 1/2, while Dec. futures finished 1/4¢ lower at $3.15 1/2 per bushel. Sep. soybean futures closed 5 1/2¢ lower at $9.60, while Nov. soybean futures closed 7 3/4¢ lower at $9.43. Sept. wheat futures closed 2 1/4¢ lower at $3.61. Sep. soymeal futures finished $1.60 short ton lower at $312.20. Sept. soyoil futures closed $0.26 lower at 32.47¢ per pound.  In the outside markets, the Brent crude oil market is $1.63 per barrel lower, the U.S. dollar is lower, and the Dow Jones Industrials are 74 points lower.




At 1pm:

If you missed it earlier, the USDA announced quite the grocery list of exports.


Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture the following activity:

--Export sales of 187,000 metric tons of soybeans for delivery to China during the 2016/2017 marketing year; and

--Export sales of 275,000 metric tons of corn for delivery to Mexico during the 2016/2017 marketing year; and

Export sales of 138,000 metric tons of hard red winter wheat for delivery to unknown destinations during the 2016/2017 marketing year.

The marketing year for wheat began June 1; corn and soybeans began Sept. 1.




At 12:50pm:

If you missed it, the EIA announced that for the seventh time in ten weeks, the U.S. weekly ethanol production numbers show an average of 1.0 billion barrels per day.


According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 1.023 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 42.97 million gallons daily. That is down 5,000 b/d from the week before. Nonetheless, it is the seventh time in 10 weeks production has surpassed 1 million b/d. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at a record 1.025 million b/d for an annualized rate of 15.71 billion gallons.





Beans were lower and corn was little changed after Allendale's survey of farmers showed pretty lofty yield and output expectations, though slightly lower than the USDA had forecasts last month. In other news, Agrium and Potash said they're exploring a merger of equals and Bunge bought a Mexican corn flour producer and six of its facilities in Mexico and the U.S. It's an exciting time to be in the ag industry as mergers and acquisitions are again heating up, though to be fair, they never really cooled down. 

Here's what happened overnight:


Brent Crude Oil = 0.1% lower.
West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil = 0.8% lower.

Dollar = up 0.1%.

Wall Street = U.S. stock futures slightly lower in overnight trading. 
World Markets = Global stocks mixed on conflicting economic data.

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Senior Advisor

Re: Floor Talk August 31

"it is an exciting time to be in agriculture"

An example of the problem

But I guess Nero played the fiddle while he watched
Rome burn
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Esteemed Advisor

Re: Floor Talk August 31

More   EXCITMENT     -   HANJIN    files   for  BANKRUPTCy    -   interesting event that could have ocean shipping lanes posing questions  -


Oh  I  forgot   about  bigger  &     more  eeeefficent  ---  

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Esteemed Advisor

Re: Floor Talk August 31

"Its an exciting time to be in the ag industry as mergers and acquisitions are again heating up". I used to sell seed for a Dow company, I don't anymore, not after the merger with Dupont. On the bright side of things, I don't have to push chemical traits down farmers throats anymore. I will start selling for an AgReliant company this fall.

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Honored Advisor

Re: Floor Talk August 31

It is an exciting time to be in agriculture    ................   Hear no evil, see no evil,  ............ Mike you remind me of a little neighbor girl back in the 80's dancing around as a neighbor was being sold out....... singing out "I just love farm sales, when everyone gets together".......  similar to funerals.... 


Mergers and acquisitions is what they call it on the way to getting your accounting degree.  It means one business or the other has died.

It is not a sign of exciting times in agriculture and there may be an avalanche coming, similar to 1931 and 1932.  When corn lost 80% of its value in two years....and soybeans 75%....

It might mean that Bunge sees better economic opportunities in Mexico than in the US.


Have you been sleeping since the 1990's................ Was there celebrating when US manufacturers moved to Mexico?  It was a sign of US business demise... and may very well be this time as well.  

One of the ignored stories of agriculture is the overseas march of investment dollars by US Agriculture based companies and why.

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