World: Crop conditions to impact grain prices

Published Apr 9, 2024

Tridge summary

In 2024, global grain prices have dipped due to optimistic expectations of substantial crop yields from key exporters, though the final outcomes hinge on future weather conditions. The USDA's mixed reports on crop conditions and planting estimates reveal a healthier US winter wheat status compared to the previous year, albeit with corn plantings not meeting expectations. Europe presents a mixed picture, with France's soft wheat condition rated lower than last year. The grain market remains speculative, influenced by tight stocks and the potential for price hikes triggered by adverse weather or increased tensions in Ukraine. Meanwhile, in Australia, grain prices have slightly improved, driven by active buyers and growers waiting for better pricing opportunities.
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Global grain prices have pushed lower in 2024 on the expectation of reasonable crop production from the major exporting countries. The coming months will determine if this eventuates. The northern hemisphere spring is taking shape and grain markets have been yearning for some information around how weather and crop conditions develop. Winter wheat crops have emerged or are emerging from dormancy, and spring crops such as corn, soybeans, spring wheat, barley, pulses, and oats are still to be planted. This means weather conditions between now and June will have a significant bearing on global supplies and prices, which impacts Australian prices. At the end of March, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its estimates on US crop plantings with corn below market expectations and down five per cent, year-on-year. More crop reports in the world's major exporters are being released, as analysts provide an indication on what they think will get planted and the ...
Source: Farmweekly
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