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Corn finishes up 22¢

Updated: 01/10/2014 @ 2:34pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com)--By lowering ending stocks estimates, the USDA released market-friendly data Friday. As a result, the corn finished double-digits higher.

The March corn futures contract closed 20 3/4 cents higher at $4.32. The March soybean futures contract settled 4 3/4 cents higher at $12.78. March wheat futures finished 15 cents lower at $5.69 per bushel. The March soymeal futures contract ended $0.70 per short ton lower at $413.60. The March soyoil futures settled $0.27 higher at $38.23.

In the outside markets, the NYMEX crude oil is $0.62 per barrel higher, the dollar is lower and the Dow Jones Industrials are 36 points lower.


In its report, the government pegged the U.S. 2013 corn production at 13.925 billion bushels, compared to the average trade estimate of 14.053 billion and the USDA's December forecast of 13.989 billion bushels.

The USDA marked the U.S. 2013 corn yield average at 158.8 bushels per acre, compared to the average trade estimate of 161.10 bushels per acre and the USDA's December estimate of 160.4 bu./acre.

Jack Scoville, PRICE Futures Group vice-president, says the report is certainly helping the corn market.

"Bullish corn, the quarterly stocks and the ending stocks projections the opposite direction than all estimates and corn reacting accordingly.  It's very likely that we have seen a short term low there. The bigger soybean production went right to demand, as expected. Nothing much there but not bearish, or not yet.  Wheat was bearish, no doubt, with reduced feed demand although exports went up a bit, some good news there.  All in all, maybe the grains bottom in here and we trade a little higher.  Beans might have trouble with rallies given South America which are big crops coming right at us," Scoville says.

For soybeans, the USDA pegged the U.S. 2013 production at 3.28 billion bushels, compared to the average trade analysts estimate of 3.27 billion bushels and the USDA's December forecast of 3.258 billion bushels.


The USDA sees the 2013-14 U.S. corn ending stocks at 1.631 billion bushels vs. the average trade estimate of 1.844 billion bushels and the USDA's December forecast of 1.792 billion.

For soybeans, the 2013-14 U.S. ending stocks are estimated at 150 million bushels, compared to the average trade estimate of 150 million bushels and the USDA's December estimate of 150 million.

For U.S. stockpiles as of Dec. 1, all fell within trade ranges. For corn, the USDA estimated stocks at 10.4 billion bushels, up 30% from a year ago. Soybean stocks were estimated at 2.15 billion bushels, up 9% vs. this same time a year ago. Wheat stocks were pegged at 1.463 billion bushels, down 12% vs. a year ago.

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