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Cotton: Afternoon Comments (Wednesday, April 23, 2014 01:58:05)

Technical buying may have powered the late jump in May cotton. Ideas that forthcoming weather will prove conducive to active plantings and a good start for crops in the Southeast may have depressed new-crop cotton futures Wednesday. However, the comparative tightness of the old crop situation seemingly supported the nearby May future, with technical considerations likely playing a part in the big session-ending rebound. May cotton soared 1.89 cents to 92.90 cents/pound at Wednesday’s close, while December cotton sagged 0.13 to 82.36.

Wheat: Afternoon Comments (Wednesday, April 23, 2014 01:58:05)

Japanese buying may have sparked Wednesday’s wheat bounce. The Black Sea situation remains tense, which probably provided general support for wheat futures at midweek. Persistent dryness in the southern Plains may also have spurred some buying today. In addition, bulls were probably encouraged by a big wheat sale to Japan and strength spilling over from the corn market. May CBOT wheat futures advanced 3.5 cents to $6.765/bushel at Wednesday’s settlement, while May KCBT wheat futures gained 4.5 cents to $7.4575, and May MWE futures ran up 4.0 to $7.2425.

Soybeans: Afternoon Comments (Wednesday, April 23, 2014 01:58:05)

The soy complex traded in decidedly mixed fashion today. Reports of Brazilian soybeans being diverted toward the U.S. very likely weighed on nearby soybean and meal futures today, while soyoil prices apparently followed Asian palm prices lower. However, talk of planting delays seemed to boost new crop soy values. May soybeans dropped 11.25 cents to $14.685/bushel at their Wednesday close, while May soyoil sank 0.24 cents to 42.50 cents/pound, and May soymeal edged $1.7 lower to $478.1/ton.

Corn: Afternoon Comments (Wednesday, April 23, 2014 01:58:05)

Weather and ethanol news may have boosted corn futures Wednesday. The latest weather maps suggest persistent rainfall and returning cold over parts of the Corn Belt next week; that could delay and/or limit spring plantings. Meanwhile, the latest API report indicated strong ethanol production last week. May corn climbed 7.25 cents to $5.035/bushel as CBOT trading ended Wednesday, while December rallied 8.75 to $5.045.

Hogs: Afternoon Comments (Wednesday, April 23, 2014 01:58:05)

Cash and wholesale gains sent the hog market higher. After having fallen sharply over the past three weeks, cash hog and wholesale pork prices climbed at midsession Wednesday. That encouraged bulls looking for fresh seasonal strength to buy CME futures aggressively. Having nearby futures top technical resistance exaggerated the move. June hog futures leapt 3.00 cents to 126.25 cents/pound in late Wednesday trading, while December jumped 2.15 to 91.02. is your source for ag news and information on crop pest identification, commodity and market prices, agricultural news & issues, and access to crop production management tools such as crop yield & planting calculators and herbicide, fungicide, and weed control information.