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The Leonard Lumber Report: Biggest Takeaways From Last Week’s Trade

The biggest takeaway from last week's trade is that lumber cycles develop and remain in place. We as an industry try to decipher each outside influence on pricing to help make a call for a reversal or add to the confirmation. That was the case last week as a flood of news, noise, and reactions flipped the bull or bear switch a few times. By Friday, all we had was a lower price for the week. The key to businesses is to judge those cycles to be buying on the way down and selling on the way up. Is that ...
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AG MARKET UPDATE: MARCH 24 – 31

A bullish USDA Prospective Plantings report for corn saw both old and new crop corn getting a boost on Thursday. The USDA sees corn-planted acres for all purposes in 2022 at 89.5 million acres, down 3.87 million from last year and well below the average trade estimate of 92 million. Several factors might have played into this number but going from 92 million acres at the USDA Ag Forum to this number a month later is very interesting. Input prices and supply chain woes likely played a major role in the USDA predicting more bean acres than corn as the ...
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The Leonard Lumber Report: The market has been quiet for over two weeks

One of the smartest guys in the industry always reminded me that once the NCAA brackets came out, the industry went quiet. That couldn't be more true today. The market has been quiet for over two weeks. Futures were off $175 last week, and even print was down. Putting basketball to the side, this usually is a slow period as construction ramps up. Add to the many storm clouds overhead, and you get an inactive market. That said, the dynamics are still very strong. Let's look at some pros and cons of the market today. Pros: New business keeps piling ...
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AG MARKET UPDATE: MARCH 17 – 24

Corn has continued to trade in the same range since early March as the markets wait for next week’s acreage report from the USDA. This is a major market-moving report historically, so expect volatility either way. IHS Markit’s current estimates were for 91.42 million acres of corn, while Pro Farmer came out with 91.9 million. While these numbers seem realistic and may ultimately be right, I would be surprised if the USDA came out with anything lower than 92 million. The big question is, will higher inputs cause fewer acres even though there are higher prices, or will it be ...
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GROWING FOOD FOR THE GROWING POPULATION

According to estimates compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), by 2050, farmers worldwide will need to produce 60 percent more food to feed the growing population, which is expected to hit roughly 10 million. We talk more about that in our What It Takes To Feed the World Infographic, but to grow more food, it's essential to look into where food production begins, and that starts with seeds and chemicals. The seed and chemicals that create the crops come from various companies and countries (including Russia). Input prices have been the talk of late, with prices, inflation, and supply ...
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