Less Corn Being Planted

Posted by Bull Bear Trader | 4/01/2008 07:46:00 AM | , , , , , , | 0 comments »

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is estimating that U.S. farmers will plant 8% fewer acres of corn this year. Farmers are shifting to higher-priced soybeans (us 18%) and wheat (up 6%). The journal is reporting that "A smaller corn crop is good news for farmers who could reap $6 a bushel this season, up from around $2 a couple years ago, if prospective corn acreage remains at the forecasted level and if a soggy spring keeps farmers in the Corn Belt out of the fields until later in the season."

In a previous post we mention how rain could caused soybeans to be planned instead of corn since they can be planted later. As such, the long corn, short wheat spread is still in play. As expected in the market, the seed and fertilizer companies are doing well, while those that need corn, such as the food producers, are taking a hit. Ironically, the ethanol companies are also finding margins squeezed as their feed-stock cost increase. Maybe Washington will final see the current folly of putting corn in our tanks, and not in our stomachs.

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