June 19 – Soybean Prices Crater Under 9$ as Trade War Escalates | FarmLead

The Trump administration delivered another blow to soybean prices Tuesday. The entire grain complex was deep in the red after the administration threatened to hit more than $200 billion in Chinese imports with a 10% tariff. The threat came days after China announced retaliatory levies on U.S. goods after Trump’s first round of tariffs.

Let’s dive into what else happened to grain prices at the Chicago Board of Trade.

Soybean Prices Back Under $9.00
The Trump administration’s latest threat to hit China on trade is doing damage to U.S. soybean prices. The July contract cratered another 19.5 cents to close the day at $8.89. The August contract was down 19.75 cents to close the day a tick above $8.94.

What a month it’s been, as it was just May 24 when July contracts were fluttering at $10.50. The selling has been compounded by stronger signs of crop quality and progress across the United States.

Planting pressure is also playing a part of this downturn. The USDA released its weekly update on crop progress and quality yesterday afternoon. Planting came in at 97% complete, a figure that is 2 points higher than last week and 6 points higher than the five-year average.

The agency reported a small decline in crop quality. The agency said that 73% of the soybean crop was rated Good-to-Excellent (G/E). That figure was a 1 point decline from the previous week. That said, the number was 6 points higher than the same period last year.

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June 19 – Soybean Prices Crater Under 9$ as Trade War Escalates.