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U.S. Crop Futures Look Bleak for Close of 2020

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Amid widespread decline in crop yields U.S. farmers hoped 2020 would provide them a chance to make some ground up. Rather, the situation has grown worse for many as prices remain depressed.

A bumper crop of both corn and soybeans is still expected this year despite a wind storm tearing through Midwestern farms week that is last drought conditions in isolated areas.

That case was bolstered Friday when Pro Farmer, adhering to a week long trip of farmland across seven states, assessed the corn that is national at 177.5 bushels per acre, plus the soybean that is national at 52.5. That is slightly lower than earlier U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates but higher than 2019’s crop that is waterlogged.

The outlook of grain costs remaining low is untenable for many U.S. farmers.

Prices for corn and soybeans haven’t risen because the start of when the signing of the U.S.-China phase-one trade agreement Asia that is stipulating would $36.5 billion of agricultural goods from the U.S. gave farmers hope that export demand from China would buoy prices year. Instead, most-active corn futures in the Chicago Board of Trade are down 16% since the start of the year, while wheat has fallen nearly 6% and soybeans have shed nearly 5%.

Exports to China of U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat are 144% higher than these were at this point 12 months that is last according to data from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. But the onset of the corona virus pandemic in the U.S. in March hobbled need that is domestic grains as restaurants along with other institutions nationwide shut down.

Government help with the as a sort of assistance from the USDA as well as the $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program have helped mitigate the damage that is monetary of commodity prices, but farmers say it is simply a Band-Aid.

This year’s growing season hasn’t been without weather problems whilst the weather in the Midwest has been more supportive for growing a strong crop than last 12 months.

Earlier this month, a storm that is powerful winds over 100 kilometres an hour swept through much of the Corn Belt, causing extensive property and crop damage. Wind snapped a complete lot of Iowan corn off its stalks and destroyed grain bins corn that is containing were saving to sell once prices increase. Amid widespread decline in crop yields U.S. farmers hoped 2020.

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