Will USDA Reports Fix the Grain Markets?
Ted Seifried of Zaner - InsideFutures.com - Thu Feb 07, 8:04PM CST

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Grain markets have been very quiet in recent months. This could be in part due to the government shut down and lack of USDA reports. On Friday the USDA will release a slew of reports including some key data that was missed during the shutdown. Will this get things moving again?

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In January we missed a number of key USDA reports due to the government shutdown. The January WASDE, Quarterly Grain Stocks, Winter Wheat Seedings and the Crop Production and Annual Summary reports. This cluster of reports make the January release one of the most important of the year. Now we are set to get mostly caught up with the February release.

Through the holidays and into the new year grain markets have held exceptionally tight ranges. Part of the reason may be due to the lack of USDA data. Another key factor has been the uncertainty of the future of a trade deal with China. The trade deal may also be addressed in the near future. This could mean that grains markets may be setting up for a period of increased volatility. But which way?

The February reports will certainly contain a lot of data. Looking at the range of analyst guesses there seems to be fairly window of expectations. This could be a set up for a surprise. For most reports it is difficult to predict the USDA, but this one is especially hard due to the lack of data leading up to it. Even if the analysts are dead on this report could still be a bearish reminder of the large supply situation, especially for soybeans.

However, unless we get a shocking game changing number from the USDA the markets might not get a long-term direction from this report. While this report will be one of the most important reports of 2019 there is yet a bigger fish to fry. The trade deal with China has the potential to be a came change for agriculture in the US for years to come and the trade may need to wait for that before making any sustainable moves.

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