33 thoughts on “July Soybean Futures as of Noon, Today

    1. 2slugbaits

      And an increase in volatility risk without an accompanying increase in price is the same thing as a loss…unless of course you’re risk loving rather than risk averse.

    2. Steven Kopits

      Market has let off a bit, but really not much off recent highs. Put another way, the market has trimmed its position, but traders don’t really believe the tariffs are going to take effect or inflict lasting damage. At least not yet.

    1. Moses Herzog

      Did I mess up my html bold tag for the millionth time?? I guess some kind of a format change. If I messed that up I’m sorry.

  1. Bruce Hall

    As with pork, it looks as if the cost of food is going down for Americans as the Chinese bury their citizens in food price increases. Or am I misconstruing the charts?

    1. pgl

      Yes soybean will be more expensive to the Chinese but I’m sure they can find other affordable forms of food. It is not like my kitchen is overrun with soybean products right now.

      1. Moses Herzog

        I agree with you to a degree there are plenty of food substitutes, but let’s also have a reality check, American Chinese have different tastes and diet than mainland Chinese. You’re probably going to argue this with me, that’s fine (and before you start in, yes I am talking household food—not what they dish out USA located restaurants). I’ve seen both USA Chinese eating habits and mainland Chinese eating habits up close—you’re not going to convince me otherwise.

        1. Moses Herzog

          hahaha, it’s going to take me awhile getting used to not using bold to differentiate. It’s obviously not a big deal, but I found with cynical sarcasm vs good natured humor etc hard to differentiate online I like differentiating with html tags. But as I said, it’s not a big deal, just me getting used to it.

    1. pgl

      Your weird little report here did not say eat more tofu. But let’s say Americans ate more tofu and less pork as you suggest. That would drive hog prices down even more.

      Maybe you should actually take a very basic course in economics as you clearly have no clue.

      1. PeakTrader

        Did I say anything about pork?

        Give the soybean farmers a little boost and have some tofu with your dim sum.

        We need to sacrifice a little for the future of the American economy and the children.

        The IP Commission Report is a “weird little report” to you?

        1. pgl

          We need to sacrifice for the future? WTF are you babbling about? Look I had sushi for dinner and there was no harm at that even if I just iincreased our bilateral deficit with Japan. I’m sure you will be offended for your usual weird reasons!

  2. don

    Soybeans are a commodity and i would venture to guess the demand is not all that elastic. Thus, one country putting tariffs on them would seem to move shipments around, but not much else. I hate to second guess futures markets, but could this simply be a case of the participants not understanding the underlying economics? I’m tempted to second-guess the market on this. Recall what happened to equities futures immediately after Trump was elected?

    1. pgl

      Something tells me that you have not exactly worked out the economics implied by your claim that soybean demand is not all that elastic. But be of good cheer – Wilbur Ross has not either.

      1. don

        And something tells me you are in danger of conflating the effect on price to the consumer with the effect on price to the producer. Let me know if you change your mind after drawing some simple supply and demand curves.

  3. 2slugbaits

    From the farmer’s perspective this announcement comes at a very bad time because over the next few days farmers must decide what and how much to plant, so the announcement by the Chinese injects a lot of uncertainty into planting forecasts. Prior to this announcement farmers were leaning towards increasing soybean acreage and cutting back on corn. If you’re going to plant soybeans, then you need to get them in the ground by late April at the latest, or you’re screwed. That’s not a lot of time to arrange loans, buy seed, apply herbicides and fertilizers, till the soil and sow the crops. You can hold off on corn until mid-May, but you lose yield quickly with each planting day beyond the 1st of May. So again, you’re screwed. The bottom line is that even if things get resolved some time over the next few months and the Chinese end up not imposing tariffs on soybeans, the damage will still be done as far as the individual farmer is concerned. The commodity brokers and grain dealers may end up doing okay, but a farmer who guesses wrong could be done for.

    1. CoRev

      2slugs, have you not heard of double cropping? I know in your area it is a common practice if yearly planning in employed. Corn is not a target, but small grains are done all the time. some grains would have been planted last Fall, for late Spring early Summer harvest, and then a Fall harvest usually of soy beans. Thus deferring the decision, but another small grain could also be planted instead. Sorghum is a growing 2nd harvest crop. A plus with sorghum is the deer haven’t learned it is a food, yet. 😉

      1. 2slugbaits

        CoRev Double cropping goes back to medieval times. Yes, I’ve heard of it. The Chinese tariffs are obviously targeted at Big Ag in general, and Iowa in particular. It’s hardly a coincidence that the US Ambassador to China is the former longtime governor of Iowa. And in Iowa they plant corn and soybeans almost exclusively because the soil is ideal for those crops. The supporting infrastructure is geared towards corn and soybeans as well and really isn’t set up to handle other crops. The routine is that you plant soybeans and corn in mid-April to mid-May. Corn is done growing by late August, soybeans a little later. It takes at least a month for the crops to dry in the fields, so harvesting usually begins in late September thru October. November is a mad rush to get the corn and soybeans to market and down the Mississippi River before the river freezes and the lock & dams shut down.

  4. PeakTrader

    I wonder if Menzie Chinn bought soybeans today, thanks to Trump.

    Commodities Recap

    “Soybean prices dropped by more than 40 cents at one point, spending the rest of the session recapturing about half of those losses.”

    1. pgl

      Knowing you and your usual stupidity you wrote soybean off your diet. Healthy food at reasonable prices is not exactly PeakStupidity’s style!

  5. PeakTrader

    American firms shouldn’t be coerced to give up intellectual property to the criminal Communists for an opportunity to gain loyal future Chinese customers to their brands. That’s not how it’s done in free and open markets.

    1. pgl

      No one is coercing anyone and your notion that we need to protect monopoly privileges is contrary to free and open markets. Come on Peaky – we know you are really stupid but it seems you have no clue what the words you write even mean!

      1. PeakTrader

        Pgl, you’re very naive about China and 1.3 billion future consumers.

        What’s really stupid is your socialist beliefs.

        Why make everyone poorer? IP rights encourage innovation and reward entrepreneurs – it’s America’s virtuous cycle of big risks and hard work to lead the world in innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship.

  6. noneconomist

    Here’s some happy news for Kern County (CA) constituents of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Trump’s “My Kevin”) re: possible tariff effects in their very red district. According to the Kern Economic Development Corporation, “Kern County is the leading ag-producing region in the United States, with one of every five jobs related to agriculture. In addition, every dollar generated by value-added ag leads toan additional $1.27 generated by the region’s non-agricultural economy.”
    Or, in other words, , “…for every 100 jobs linked directly to agriculture, an additional 106 jobs are created in the local economy.”
    Top five commodities in Kern County and their values: Grapes-$1.69 Billion; Almonds-$1.3 Billion; Citrus-$825 Million; Pistachios-$770 Million; Milk products-$580 Million.
    Seems China will hike tariffs on at least three of those..
    Now, which country is Kern’s number export partner? That would be China, followed by Mexico (bye bye NAFTA?), Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea.
    And “My Kevin”? He thinks the Trump tariffs are a swell idea that will make China think twice before messing with Trader Trump and all those patriotic Trump voters back home.

    1. PeakTrader

      The Communists are smart targeting Trump states – Navarro estimates the U.S. would have 2 million additional good jobs if China didn’t steal intellectual property, for production, export, and consumption.

      The good news is you can buy a Rolex watch, Gucci clothes, Converse sneakers, etc. very cheap from China 🙂

      1. PeakTrader

        And, why should American entrepreneurs spend on R&D and production when they can buy their innovative products from Chinese producers, who stole their IP rights?

        Instead of a high paying job, the American innovator can buy their innovations from a Chinese worker earning much less, while working at McDonald’s, Walmart, or Uber to earn a living.

        1. pgl

          You also wrote -” IP rights encourage innovation and reward entrepreneurs – it’s America’s virtuous cycle of big risks and hard work to lead the world in innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship.”

          More American arrogance. Most people realize that other nations do R&D and create new ideas. But not PeakIgnorance. Continue on with your spin as you ignore the valid points others are making here!!!

      2. noneconomist

        With an unemployment rate above 11%, McCarthy’s constituents are willing consumers.

      3. pgl

        Navarro estimates? We have seen his so called estimates and they are dumber than ever your incessant rants.

        BTW – do you have any clue where Nike makes its shoes? Try China. That way they get low cost labor and still charge insanely high prices to American consumers. Oh wait – did your political masters forget to tell you that?

    2. pgl

      Pete Wilson destroyed the California GOP with Prop 197. Republicans have struggled to be relevant again. Trump will end all of that and California will remain blue for at least another 30 years!

  7. Ed Hanson

    July Soy bean Futures the next day, from Feedstuffs Afternoon Market Recap for April 5, 2018 at


    Subheadline When panic fizzled, prices sizzled.

    “July prices gaining 15.5 cents to $10.42.”
    Also from the wrap up, Argentina drought continues. Soybean production projection further down – big.

    My comment not from feedstuff, China may have misread the retaliation. So sad.


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