Soybean Outlook August 2019
Soybean prices rallied to an over one-year high in mid-July before reversing all monthly gains by early August. On 2 August, soybeans traded at USD 829 cents per bushel, which was 1.7% lower than on the same day last month. Moreover, the price was down 0.7% on a year-to-date basis and was 2.8% lower than on the same day last year. Prices were initially buttressed by continued adverse weather conditions causing major delays in U.S. soybean planting. However, a 29 July USDA report showed that, while still lagging the 5-year average, soybean crop conditions have recently improved sharply on more favorable weather, causing prices to pare back gains. Moreover, prices steeply fell in the wake of the escalation of the U.S.-China trade war on 1 August.
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