December corn futures will have a hard time separating far from $3.50 per bushel until a larger-scale piece of news is seen.
Soybeans ended the week on a bullish note as follow-through buying from yesterday continued Friday.
The trade could quickly turn attention forward to the October 12th Supply and Demand report.
Today's Cattle on Feed report is a bearish surprise. USDA’s monthly survey of feedlots found 2.6% more placements in August against the trade expectation of a 2.1% decline.
The trade has constantly disagreed with the government thoughts on the size of the soybean crop. If yields are lower, this could ignite another round of buying.
Producers are now marketing hogs that are in the red. This should last for several weeks ahead.
It is interesting to note that this market is doing a very similar thing to last year, just before the last bearish leg of the decline.
Overall, the trade expects the USDA Crop Production and September Supply/Demand Reports Tuesday to be bearish.
On the bear side, this year’s production will easily surpass next year. On the bull side, we have two new plants that are opening.
We estimate this year’s national bean yield at 47.1 bushels per acre. If our survey results are accurate, soybeans are easily $1 under value.