6 July 2020
Global grain prices received a sharp boost last week, particularly maize. Prices moved higher following the release of the USDA acreage report last Tuesday; maize plantings are estimated at 37.2Mha, down 2.0Mha from March’s intentions survey. If we see trend yields and abandonment, the US could still be set for a record crop. With a reduced crop area, weather again becomes an important swing factor for maize markets, particularly with the crop now silking.