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Futures Close Report 26th April 2018

Arg harvest for soybeans reported at 54% complete with average yield so far reported at 2.4t / hectare – this yield figure is forecast to fall further as dry conditons likely had greater impact on later planted areas.  Normal average yield is circa 2.9t / hectare – Bueanos Aires grains exchange forecast overall harvest at 38 million tonnes.  Corn harvest was reported at 31% complete with average yields at 7.2 tonnes / hectare.   Overall corn harvest put at 32 million tonnes.

Soybean futures are being underpinned on hopes of a pickup in demand from China.  China’s purchases of U.S. soybeans have come to a grinding halt as fears of further action by Beijing to curb imports of U.S. crops following last week’s anti-dumping move on sorghum.