Soybean prices are again under heavy pressure as the USDA raises crop conditions to 59% now rated "Good-to-Excellent".
The bulls however, are pointing to the fact Iowa again deteriorated, falling -2% to just 60% rated GD/EX vs. 83% last year. The bulls are also pointing to conditions in North Dakota falling by another -7% to just 34% rated GD/EX vs. 73% last year. The only other states showing deteriorating conditions last week were Kansas, Tennessee and North Carolina.
On the flip side, the bears are pointing to conditions in Illinois improving by +7%, but they are still showing just 66% of the crop in GD/EX vs. 77% last year. Conditions in Indiana also improved, but is just 51% rated GD/EX vs. 71% last year. South Dakota was also raised higher by +3% this week, but is only rated 28% GD/EX vs. 60% last year.
In other words, yes conditions improved, but many states are still well below conditions we've seen the past couple of years. The USDA also reported 82% of the U.S. crop was "blooming," vs. the 5-year average of 80%, and that 48% of the crop was setting "pods" vs. the 5-year average of 45%. Despite improving crop-conditions, I still believe we could see a longer-term bullish story.
Nearby however, improved weather looks as if it could create some headwinds. The outside macro markets seem to be turning more bullish and keep me intrigued in regard to the upside. Below are some specifics regarding current soybean crop-conditions and comparisons to last week and last year.
Illinois raised higher by + 7% to 66% vs 77% last year
Mississippi raised by +7% to 69% vs 70% last year
Indiana raised by +4% to 51% vs 71% last year
Kentucky raised by +3% to 73% vs 71% last year
South Dakota raised by +3% to 28% vs 60% last year
Louisiana raised by +2% to 85% vs 79% last year
Missouri raised by +2% to 65% vs 70% last year
Wisconsin raised by +2% to 74% vs 88% last year
Arkansas raised by +1% to 70% vs 58% last year
Michigan raised by +1% to 66% vs 58% last year
Minnesota raised by +1% to 73% vs 80% last year
Nebraska raised +1% to 60% vs 76% last year
Ohio raised by +1% to 48% vs 58% last year
North Dakota lowered by -7% to 34% vs 73% last year
North Carolina lowered by -7% to 64% vs 68% last year
Tennessee lowered by -7% to 72% vs 74% last year
Kansas lowered by -4% to 51% vs. 58% last year
Iowa lowered by -2% to 60% vs 83% last year