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Agricultural Commodities Post-April WASDE


  • The April report does not move markets much - a comment from the founder of Teucrium ETF products.
  • Soybeans - lower supplies as the market had expected.
  • Corn - in line with expectations.
  • Wheat - another record high in global inventories.
  • Cotton and meats - some degree of support.

On Tuesday, April 10 the United States Department of Agriculture released its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report or WASDE. Each month the report can cause high levels of volatility in grain and other agricultural futures markets when the data from the USDA deviates from market expectations.

The April report comes at the very beginning of the 2018 planting season in the northern hemisphere, but it comes towards the end of harvest in nations in the southern part of the world.

The markets did not move much after the USDA issued their report on Tuesday, but the markets went into and came out of the report with a bullish tone. The uncertainty of the 2018 crop year in the U.S. and other producing nations after a drought in Argentina have consumers concerned that while the world has become addicted to bumper crops, this year may not be the sixth straight year of ample supplies to feed the world.

The April report does not move markets much - a comment from the founder of Teucrium ETF products

I reached out to my friend Sal Gilberte for a reaction to the WASDE report and he told me:

The market reaction to the April 10th WASDE report was muted because it's results were largely expected and there were few significant changes from last month's report other than large declines in Argentine soy production. However, the significant takeaway from the April report should not be so much its changes versus the March report, but the projected changes in the global grains balance sheet from last year. Investors would do well to realize that total global grain output is projected to decline over 1.4% year-on-year (see page image below from today's report) while total grain use is projected to rise by just over a tenth of a percent. These don't sound

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