The corn exchange traded fund has been one of the best performing funds in the third quarter as the worst drought in half a century decimated crops. However, corn prices are beginning to drop as the supply and demand imbalance alleviates somewhat.
The Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) slid 0.4% Monday, but the fund is still up 28.1% over the past three months.
“Prices of grains and soybeans may have already peaked as the news around the drought in the U.S., as well the weather in FSU and Australia is pretty well priced in,” Tim Hornibrook, an executive director of Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management, said in a Bloomberg article. [High Corn Prices Fuel Agribusiness ETFs]
Now, farmers are putting their corn harvests to market early, with almost half of the country’s corn already harvested, reports Walt Breitinger for Times Business.
“Things were overbought and we are now a seeing a correction as historically these type of rallies end up in a selloff,” a Melbourne-based commodities analyst said in a Reuters article. “The market is looking at a larger South American crop, slowing Chinese demand and higher production estimates in the U.S.”
Nevertheless, many are still feeling the pain of costlier corn. Then again, it doesn’t look like farm cattle is complaining much as farmers sweeten the typical corn feeds with cookies, gummy worms, marshmallows, fruit loops, orange peels and dried cranberries, reports Carey Gillam for Reuters.