Please mark your calendars. NWGG pre-harvest meeting and high rainfall plot tour is scheduled for June 21, 2017. In addition to our regular agenda we are also inviting some of our friends from the grain industry this year and will be applying to WSDA for pesticide credits. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
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5/24/17 - Pretty quiet today all things considered. Wheat futures closed up a couple of cents and there wasn't any news to speak of. Next week on Tuesday the USDA will start reporting the crop conditions for both corn and spring wheat. So far there have been some individual states release corn ratings but they haven't made much noise even though conditions in Illinois are not off to nearly as good a start as they were last year with all the heavy rain they've been receiving.
The Weekly Top Five
These are the 5 biggest issues that NWGG feel are affecting today's markets and items to watch for as we progress through the year.
1. 5/17/17 Kansas winter wheat conditions did not decline this week versus last week which was negative for prices. At this point the market is looking at the damage caused by the blizzard at the beginning of May as being factored into the market. 2. 5/17/17 Planting progress for corn, soybeans, and spring wheat have caught up to the 5 year average after a slow start due to wet weather. 3. 5/19/17 Speculators in wheat futures covered a significant portion of their short position on the rally after the weekend blizzard and are now short 150k contracts in Chicago vs. a record short of 188k a few weeks ago. 4. 5/17/17 The dollar has broken support and has traded to levels not seen since prior to the election which is benneficial to commodities. 5. 5/17/17 Upcoming report dates: June 9th USDA monthly supply and demand report, June 30th quarterly stocks and final planted acreage for corn, soybeans, and spring wheat.