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USDA data releases bearish numbers
The USDA released bearish numbers Thursday for corn, soybean, and wheat markets, CME Group grain floor traders say.
Based on the numbers, corn is called 3-5 cents lower, soybeans 7-10 cents lower, and wheat 10-15 cents lower.
"No shockers in this report. The market will trade this report for about five minutes and then the focus is back on the acreage, which we don't know yet," Scott Shellady, XFA trader says.
In its March Supply/Demand Report, the USDA estimates the U.S. 2010-11 soybean ending stocks at 140 million bushels, compared to its February estimate of 140 million and the average trade expectation of 141 million bushels.
For corn, the U.S. 2010-11 carryout is estimated at 675 million bushels, vs. the government's February estimate of 675 million bushels and the trade's average estimate of 667 million.
USDA estimates the U.S. 2010-11 wheat ending stocks at 843 million bushels, vs. the average trade expectation of 809 million bushels and the USDA's last estimate of 818 million.
The USDA estimates the 2010-11 world wheat carryover at 181.9 million metric tons, vs. a February estimate of 177.8. For 2010-11 corn, the world carryover is set at 123.1 million metric tons vs. a February estimate of 122.5. USDA estimates the 2010-11 world soybean carryover at 58.3 million metric tons, vs. 58.2 last month.
WORLD GRAIN PRODUCTION
USDA placed Brazil's 2010-11 soybean production at (70.0 million metric tons vs. a February estimate of 68.5 million metric tons. Argentina's soybean production is estimated at 49.5 million metric tons, compared to the government's February estimate of 49.5 million metric tons. Argentina's corn production is estimated at 22.0 million metric tons, while the government placed it at 22.0 million metric tons in February.