Exchange traded funds that track the price of grains were bouncing back Wednesday from earlier losses this week with rain and more rain in the forecast. Nevertheless, the damage from the U.S. agriculture belt's worst drought in 50 years has already been dealt.
"Early losses have started to turn around as the grain markets are torn between extremely alarming supply situation on one hand and expectations that current prices will induce demand rationing on the other hand," Luke Mathews, a commodities strategist at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, said in a Reuters report. (Grains ETF Spikes 10% on Week on Midwest Drought)
The wetter weather has come a little too late. For corn, the summer scorcher devastated crops during a key pollinating period. The U.S. Department of Agriculture cut U.S. corn yield by 12% to 146 bushels per acre from 166 bushels due to summer heat.
"The corn, especially, has already taken quite a bit of damage. The rains can't improve the corn crop but it can still help the beans," Indiana farmer Brian Scott said in a Reuters article.
"It's perfect timing to really rejuvenate the soybeans," Phil Sutton, St. Joseph County Purdue Extension office educator, said in a South Bend Tribune report. "They'll just be starting into the flowering and reproductive periods. Whether it will be a bumper crop or not, I really doubt that. But it is going to save the beans."
Greyson Colvin, founder and president of Colvin & Co. LLP, stated that 99.9% of investors don't have the time or connection to efficiently track corn through cash markets, but the CORN ETF is the second-best way to invest in corn, reports Drew Voros for IndexUniverse.
Additionally, the iPath DJ-UBS Grains TR Sub-Index ETN (NYSEARCA:JJG) tracks corn, wheat and soybeans futures contracts.
The Teucrium Agricultural ETF (NYSEARCA:TAGS) is a fund-of-funds that offers exposure to corn, soybean, wheat and sugar can through Teucrium's ETFs.
Teucrium Corn Fund ETF
Max Chen contributed to this article.
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