WILLAg Notes

March 14, 2016

Grain Stocks & Prospective Plantings Reports Previews

USDA will officially kick off the new year for the spring planted crops when it releases two reports on the last day of the month.



 

The Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports will be released March 31st. Darrel Good says both will help set the tone of the trade for corn and soybeans going forward.

Quote Summary - The Stocks report will be modestly important as it always is for corn. It will give us a reading on how fast we are feeding last year’s crop, but the real information will be in the Prospective Plantings report. It can be a mixed bag. This is because we all know actual plantings deviate from intentions. Certainly, though, when we see the March survey and what farmers are planning this year, it will provide a lot of information about the potential size of the upcoming crops.

The Prospective Plantings report is set up to be very interesting. More than a few acres around the United States need a new home on the spreadsheets. For instance, last fall farmers seeded about 2.8 million fewer acres of winter wheat than they did the previous year. When you couple those acres with what most expect to be fewer Prevent Plant acres, it creates an interesting combination says the University of Illinois agricultural economist.

Quote Summary - On the surface this says, “We’ll have more acres available than we had last year”. What the intentions report will give us a hint at is whether producers are thinking about leaving some acreage idle in 2016 because of the generally low commodity prices. For example, will the winter wheat acres that didn’t get planted go to fallow, or to annual pasture, or will they go to sorghum or an oilseed. Will we see some of the so called fringe areas leave some acreage idled as the numbers would suggest we’ve seen in the past when prices are low. So, that big picture question will be most important in the March plantings report.

Again, the reports will be released March 31st. Last year there were 6.7 million acres of Prevent Plant. That’s on the high side because of the heavy 2015 rainfall. Darrel Good expects this year to be something closer to 3 million acres. And, when you round up to 3 million fewer acres of winter wheat, you get about 6 million float acres that need a home this year either idled, or planted.


March 11, 2016

Illinois Soybean Summit | Rockford Edition

This morning, March 11th, DTN Progressive Farmer meteorologist Bryce Anderson told farmers at the Illinois Soybean Summit weather would cap this year’s potential yields. Todd Gleason is emceeing the event, and asked Anderson if he means it is unlikely for yields to be better than USDA’s trendline.



The Senior Grains Analyst for Farm Futures Magazine was also at the summit. Bryce Knorr told the group to reward market rallies.



The Illinois Soybean Summit took place Friday March 11, 2016 in Rockford.


March 09, 2016

WASDE Report a Shade Friendly

USDA’s March World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report didn’t really change much, still that seems a shade friendlier than before to University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Darrel Good.


 

Summary Table
USDA WASDE - United States


 

U.S. Ending Stocks
2015/2016 Marketing Year

 

World Ending Stocks
2015/2016 Marketing Year (in million metric tons & billion bushels)


March 09, 2016

El NiƱo & 2016 Corn Yields

There continues to be an immense amount of discussion about the impact of El Niño on agriculture. Many are wondering what will happen to the Midwest corn crop this summer. Univesity of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good and Scott Irwin explored the historical data in order to develop some 2016 expectations. You may read their conclusions on the FarmDocDaily website. Irwin spoke at length with Univesity of Illinois Extension’s Todd Gleason about the research during WILLAg.org’s Closing Market Report.




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