Let's just say that the producer will be more than happy if nearby corn returns to $4, nearby wheat in Chicago and Kansas City to $5 and nearby beans to $9. We've taken off the bearish edge with this week's short covering rally as funds got a little too cocky and pressed everything below the cost of production well before we've ascertained that there was too much produced this crop year. That may come at harvest if Mother Nature is kind the rest of the growing season or, if she isn't then producers will be looking to sell 2020 and 2021 crops on production concern rallies. Hopefully, those who make a profit at $4, $5 and $9 take advantage this time around. The trade is awaiting any word on how the agricultural community gets protected by this administration from any detrimental impact from a trade war with China. Direct payments on bean production? Payment-in-kind certificates? Who knows ? But, the news of help is on the way stopped the price plunge.

Please remember that the CME increases the monthly storage fee for corn and bean contracts starting with SX and CZ this crop year. We're up to 8 cents per month while wheat is still a moving target as we are at the minimum rate of .00165 cents/bushel/day yet might go a lot wider if the circumstances, situation and variable storage rate moving average allow! If space is tight enough to command 8 cents/month for corn then we will be staring at one heck of a big crop this Fall. In the past, when storage got tight basis levels all comes out in the wash!

Bean spreads remain soft and sloppy while corn and wheat spreads appear to have stabilized given production and/or quality concerns. We're always looking for those limited risk bull spread near full carry opportunities but, nothing stands out, yet! And, the attitude surrounding the bean market is that it may be years before we make a dent into stocks to spark a run on the spreads because of supply concerns. Beans are like the Blob, just getting bigger, larger and wider each year!

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