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U.S. grains: Prices narrowly mixed as traders assess Mideast risk

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean and grain futures were narrowly mixed on Wednesday as traders’ jitters eased after Iran and the United States signalled a de-escalation of tensions after an Iranian missile attack against U.S. forces in Iraq. Investors also continued to square positions ahead of a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop […] Read more

U.S. grains: Markets remain cautious, rangebound ahead of holiday

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. soybean futures were mixed on Tuesday, slipping at one point from a six-week high hit in the previous session, as grain markets remained cautious and positive trade news with China weighed against disappointing export sales data, traders said. The market has high expectations of top-consumer China ramping up soy purchases […] Read more

Grain flow shifts from China trade war may last years, CHS says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — The U.S.-China trade war has accelerated Brazilian efforts to erode the United States’ share of the world soybean export market, and some of the shifts in global grain flows could last for years, according to executives at CHS Inc., the largest U.S. farmer co-operative. Even with a so-called ‘Phase One’ trade […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME cattle, hogs mixed on trade detail uncertainty

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. hog futures slipped on Tuesday, as uncertainty about details from the U.S.-China “Phase 1” trade agreement continued to make the market nervous, brokers said. Meanwhile, Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) live and feeder cattle futures continued to consolidate after Friday’s big price rally in the wake of the trade agreement news. […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME cattle, hogs relatively steady on trade deal hopes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures remained relatively steady on Monday but funds continued to hold their long positions in anticipation of a surge of demand for U.S. meat after the U.S.-China “Phase 1” trade agreement is finalized, traders said. U.S. lean hog futures inched upward, rising for a third session on the same […] Read more

U.S. grains: CBOT wheat surges to five-month high

Reading Time: 2 minutes Corrected, Nov. 30 — Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures exploded to a five-month high on Friday due to threats to global production and as fund scrambled to cover their short positions in the post-holiday market, traders said. The wheat rally gave support to Chicago corn futures, which hit a three-week high on the […] Read more

Scramble for propane marks Mother Nature’s latest challenge for U.S. farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Chicago | Reuters – Months after historic floods ravaged the U.S. Midwest, farmers scrambling to harvest their crops face a new headache: finding fuel to dry their soaked grains. Normally, farmers use propane as fuel for grain dryers to reduce moisture levels in corn crops to ready for sale or to safely store the grain. But the […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle set six-month high on fund buying, firm cash prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures shot to a six-month high on Friday and feeder cattle reached their highest prices since May on fund buying and strength in the cash market, analysts said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) December live cattle settled up 2.3 cents at 119.525 cents per pound after reaching 119.7 cents, […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans firm on China soy purchase, corn falls on uncertain U.S. harvest

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – U.S. soybeans futures firmed on Friday on news of another Chinese purchase of U.S. oilseeds and renewed hopes of progress in talks to resolve the trade war that has dramatically cut U.S. soybean exports to China. Wheat futures were stubbornly rangebound thanks to a weakening dollar. Corn prices stuttered as the […] Read more