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End-users not craving grain

Agriculture.com Staff 02/05/2009 @ 9:43am

Grain basis was higher this week, but mostly on weaker futures and slow country movement. Corn futures slipped 20 cents a bushel while bean futures were lower by about 40 cents a bushel over the past week. Basis levels firmed by 4 cents for corn and 5 cents for soybeans.

In the corn market, regional basis levels were up the most along the Lower Mississippi and Illinois River regions thanks to falling barge rates. Gains of 6 cents or more for the week were the norm. Barges rates at St. Louis tumbled 10 cents for the week and further declines seem likely. However, most of the Midwest continues to see more modest gains in corn basis and ethanol plants continue to be limiting their purchases.

Although corn basis was up 4 cents a bushel on average across the country, ethanol plants as a group were off 4 cents on corn basis over the past week. In the table below is a snapshot of the average corn basis change for the week by ethanol buyers versus all grain buyers. Every state showed weaker basis levels by ethanol buyers on average, while state-average basis levels posted a stronger showing basis. Indications are clear that ethanol buyers are taking a backseat this year on corn demand!

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STATE
ETHANOL PLANTS
ALL GRAIN BUYERS
CO
-12.0
3.7
IA
-3.4.
3.0
IL
-6.7
9.8
IN
-1.3
3.9
MI
-3.5
2.5
MN
-3.9
3.9
MO
.-6.0
6.8
ND
-3.3
5.1
NE
-3.5
3.1
OH
-1.4
3.1
SD
-2.9
3.6
WI
-4.5
1.1

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