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Feed weekly outlook: Prices gain strength

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Harvest activity in the western Canadian Prairies had depressed feed grain prices at the end of August, but prices have recovered slightly. “There’s been a bit of a break in harvest activity,” Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge said. Producers in southern Alberta had been harvesting barley at the end of […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn, soy futures extend gains on China demand

CBOT September wheat eases

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean and corn futures rose on Friday, with soybeans hitting a one-week top as a pick-up in export demand for both crops, primarily from China, sparked speculative buying and short-covering, analysts said. Soybeans got an additional boost from surging palm and soyoil futures. But forecasts for beneficial rains in the […] Read more


China suspends beef imports from Cargill plant

High River plant on long list of blocked facilities

Reading Time: < 1 minute China has temporarily suspended imports of beef from Cargill’s major beef packing plant at High River, Alta., part of a long list of meat plants blocked in the last half of June. The Reuters news service on Monday published a list of meat packing plants from around the world which during June and early July […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Levy cut an opportunity for Canadian lentils

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canadian lentils should benefit from India lowering its import levy on lentils from 30 to 10 per cent, said Marlene Boersch of Mercantile Consulting Venture Inc. in Winnipeg. The announcement, made June 2, was intended to reduce lentil prices in the country. India’s Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare estimated the lentil crop […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Nearby lean hog futures slide as slaughter rebounds

CME live cattle up on bargain buying

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange nearby lean hog futures hit a six-week low on Wednesday as the U.S. slaughter pace continued to recover, generating pork supplies that pressured wholesale prices and packer margins, traders said. CME June lean hogs ended down their daily limit of 3.75 cents, at 48.65 cents/lb., while most-active July […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soy slips as traders await China deals

CBOT corn, wheat futures rise

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures dipped on Tuesday, pressured by a fast pace of planting and slowing export deals to China after a string of sales earlier in the month, traders said. “The trade is very dependent on China buying, and we really have not seen an announcement here in […] Read more



JBS sees steady trade flows but flags export woes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazil’s JBS, the world’s largest meatpacker, has said the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic could cause container shortages, port disruptions and other logistics issues, but said trade flows should stay strong thanks to Chinese demand. In a conference call to discuss earnings results on Thursday, JBS executives said its export operations had […] Read more


U.S. grains: Wheat, soy rise after export deals

Corn sags on ethanol woes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade soybean and wheat futures rose on Friday, supported by a pick-up in Chinese demand for U.S. commodities, traders said. But corn closed lower, giving up early gains with traders shrugging off a massive sale to China to focus on expectations for a weakened ethanol market as crude […] Read more

U.S. says it would ban pig shipments if swine fever detected

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it will prohibit shipments of all pigs for at least three days if the nation ever finds a case of a fatal hog disease that has ravaged China’s herd. The federal government is preparing to contain and eradicate African swine fever if it spreads […] Read more