GRAINS: Soybeans hit over one-week high, U.S. old-crop supply tightens — July 23, 2014

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Reuters — Front-month soybean futures rose to their highest level in more than a week on Wednesday, supported by firming U.S. cash markets as supplies of old-crop soybeans dwindle with the autumn harvest still about two months away, traders said. Corn futures fell to a fresh four-year low while wheat was mixed in choppy trade. […]


Panel’s report likely to tie farm antibiotics to human resistance — July 23, 2014

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Reuters — A White House advisory committee is expected to acknowledge the link between antimicrobial resistance in humans and livestock being fed antibiotics when it issues its report in the next few weeks, according to the transcript of a committee meeting held earlier this month. But how much of the public health problem can be […]


LIVESTOCK: CME hogs drop 3-cent price limit as funds sell off — July 23, 2014

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Chicago/Reuters — Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Wednesday closed down the 3-cents per lb maximum daily price limit in the wake of fund liquidation, traders said. August ended 3.000 cents per lb lower at 124.575 cents, and October at 110.450, 3.000 cents lower. Packers snug on supplies for the week, and grocers reluctant […]


ND wheat tour continues — yields variable in northwest — July 23, 2014

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Bowbells, North Dakota/Reuters — Spring wheat yield potential in northwestern North Dakota was seen as variable, with much of the crop behind its typical development schedule following late planting, scouts on an annual tour found on Wednesday. On one route through Ward, Mountrail and Burke counties, scouts on the Wheat Quality Council’s annual tour projected […]


Slow sales, transportation keep Prairie feed grain supported — July 23, 2014

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CNS — Feed grain prices are above milling prices in some areas of Western Canada right now due to complicated travel logistics and patient farmers, says an industry analyst. “Just in general right now, farmers aren’t really big sellers of crop,” said Charlie Pearson, a provincial crops market analyst at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. […]


Tour sees ‘extraordinary’ wheat crop in North Dakota — July 23, 2014

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Bismarck, North Dakota/Reuters — Big spring wheat yields were projected in southern North Dakota as abundant soil moisture and cool weather helped foster crop development following an uneven planting season, scouts on an annual crop tour found on Tuesday. “I think we have seen an extraordinary crop,” said Dan Wogsland, executive director of the North […]


Grain bags catching on in the U.S. Midwest — July 23, 2014

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Reuters — As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool — giant sausage-shaped storage bags — to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc. Demand has surged this summer for the white polyethylene […]


GRAINS: U.S. corn slides to 4-yr lows on bright harvest prospects — July 22, 2014

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U.S. corn futures drifted to fresh four-year lows on Tuesday, erasing early gains as favorable weather forecasts bolstered expectations for a bumper harvest, traders said. Wheat followed corn down. Soybeans closed mostly lower, led by new-crop months, but the spot August contract rose on export demand for U.S. soybeans and soymeal. At the Chicago Board […]


LIVESTOCK: CME live cattle jump about 2 pct on record beef prices — July 22, 2014

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Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rose almost 2 per cent on Tuesday, fueled by short-covering in response to record-high beef prices, traders said. Tuesday morning’s wholesale price for choice beef surged $3.07 per hundredweight (cwt) from Monday to an all-time high of $253.59. Select beef climbed $2.10 to a record $246.18, according […]


Ag Canada tightens grain/oilseed stocks projections — July 22, 2014

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CNS — Ending stocks of Canada’s major grains and oilseeds at the close of the upcoming 2014/15 (Jul/Nov) crop year will be tighter than earlier projections, according to updated supply/demand tables released by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s market analysis branch on July 22. The latest tables take into account the latest acreage estimates released by […]