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Agriculture: Highlights | July 2015

[EN] Tremendous price increase in crop markets: With a month closing price of 186.75 EUR per ton, European corn prices have jumped by 20.9% in June. Wheat and soybeans have shown significant price rises as well.
The weather is to blame for it – all over the world. Heavy rains across the eastern Midwest of the USA at harvest time have impaired crop yield prospects noticeably. For Asia and Europe weather forecasts are unfavorable as well. Also in Australia wheat production will be smaller than expected because of a strong drought.
Moreover the stock level for wheat is no longer increasing, for corn and cotton even decreasing. Additionally for corn, the cropland is significantly smaller compared to the previous year. All these effects together have let to a major price jump. This article shows you the latest price developments and relevant key figures for agricultural commodities.

With a view to the past 12 months, we have observed strong price decreases as well as increases for agricultural raw materials. Considering the largest declines, the price for pork (CME) has fallen by -35.5%, for wheat hrw (US f.o.b.) by -18.6% and for rice (CBOT) by -17.3%. The strongest price rises were noticed in the markets for chicken (U.S. wholesale price) +23.8%, skimmed milk poweder (f.o.b. Europe) +23.6% and whole milk powder (f.o.b. Europe) +22.4%.

During the last month, we have observed the highest price drops in the markets for pork (CME) -11.5%, butter (f.o.b. Europe) -10.0% and for whole milk powder (f.o.b. Europe). -6.4%. At the same time prices have risen the most for corn (Euronext Paris) + 20.9%, wheat (CBOT) + 17.4% and wheat (Euronext Paris) + 13.4%. The highest price movements are still registered in the market for pork (CME) with an annualized volatility of 51%.

In order to provide market visibility for European companies affected by raw material costs, the following analysis takes into consideration the price evolution in EUR unless specified. Please click on the raw materials below to receive more detailed information.

Agriculture prices returns | 1 YEAR | daily price dataAgriculture prices returns | 1 MONTH | daily price data
July 2014 - June 2015June 2015
15-07 Agro Returns 12m15-07 Agro Returns 1m
*Returns based on monthly data over the last 12 months
*²Returns based on weekly data over the last 52 weeks
*Returns based on monthly data over the last month
*²Returns based on weekly date over the last 4 weeks

1. WHEAT (EURONEXT PARIS)  Read more

2. CORN (EURONEXT PARIS) Read more

3. COTTON  Read more

4. SOYBEANS (CBOT) Read more

5. COCOA (ICE FUTURES) Read more

6. SUGAR (LIFFE) Read more

7. Pork (CME lean hogs futures) Read more

Date of publication: 15 July 2015
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