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Klassen: Feeder market heating up

Volumes thin with auction barns in holiday mode

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling steers traded $3-$4 higher while yearling heifers were steady to $2 higher. Mid-weight calves or young yearlings from 600 to 800 lbs. were $3-$5 higher on average. Calves under 600 lbs. were relatively unchanged. Favourable rains across the Prairies have enhanced crop prospects for barley and wheat. April […] Read more

CME August 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with 20- and 100-day moving averages (brown and black lines) and CME August 2021 lean hogs (pink line). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures climb as corn prices cool

Lean hogs end lower

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) live cattle futures rose on Monday, reaching a one-month top as falling prices for feed grains lifted feeder cattle futures, traders said. CME August live cattle futures settled up 1.25 cents at 121.275 cents/lb. after reaching 121.575 cents, the contract’s highest since May 13. August feeder cattle […] Read more


CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with CBOT, MGEX and K.C. July 2021 wheat (orange, green and yellow lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy sag as crop weather outlook improves

Moisture stress remains in parts of Corn Belt

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures fell by almost four per cent on Monday on forecasts for improving crop weather in the Midwest, including cooler temperatures and beneficial rains late this week, analysts said. Soybeans fell more than two per cent and wheat followed the weaker trend as the U.S. winter wheat harvest got […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (dark green line) and CBOT July 2021 corn (orange line, left column). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy drop; soyoil limit-down

Spring wheat futures guide wheat markets lower

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures eased and soyoil futures plunged by their daily trading limit on Friday on concerns about demand for renewable fuel feedstocks after news the White House was considering offering fuel refiners relief from biofuel blending mandates. The Reuters report that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was pondering […] Read more


CME August 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with 20- and 100-day moving averages (dark red and black lines) and CME July 2021 lean hogs (pink line). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle gain on strong packer margins

Profit-taking sinks hogs

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) cattle futures firmed on Friday on strong beef plant margins and good demand from packers for fed cattle, traders said. Cash beef prices have flattened after a prolonged run higher, but packers continue to make a large profit on each animal slaughtered. “We’re probably seeing that our […] Read more

CME July 2021 lean hogs (candlesticks) with June 2021 lean hogs (pink line), June 2021 live cattle (dark red line) and August 2021 live cattle (black line). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Lean hogs end mostly higher

Cattle futures advance

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) lean hog futures were mostly higher on Thursday on elevated pork prices and strong demand, although profit-taking clipped some of the gains, traders said. Lightly traded June hog futures climbed to the highest for a spot month contract in nearly seven years. More actively traded nearby contracts […] Read more


ICE November 2021 canola (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2) and July 2021 canola (yellow open/high/low/close). (Barchart)

ICE weekly outlook: Canola market pits weather against supplies

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — As dry conditions remained prevalent across the Canadian Prairies and U.S. northern Plains, despite recent precipitation, the markets were in a struggle between the weather and tightening supplies, according to Winnipeg analyst Wayne Palmer of Exceed Grain. So far for the week of June 7, central and northern Alberta received rain, followed by […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, orange and green lines). (Barchart)

CBOT weekly outlook: Wet weather pressures markets ahead of USDA report

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — After hot and dry weather sent corn and soybean prices climbing higher in early June, much-needed rains brought bids down at the Chicago Board of Trade on Wednesday. Weather accounted for “90 per cent” of the pricing influence, according to Sean Lusk, vice-president of the commercial hedging division for Walsh Trading in Chicago. […] Read more


CBOT July 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20- and 50-day moving averages (yellow and green lines) and CME July 2021 crude palm oil (purple line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybean futures fall, corn firm ahead of USDA report

CBOT, MGEX July wheats down; K.C. wheat up

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures dropped 1.2 per cent on Wednesday, pressured by a round of profit-taking and weakness in the cash market, traders said. Wheat futures also were mostly lower after rain in the northern U.S. Plains eased some concerns about parched soils limiting the size of the crop. Corn futures were […] Read more

CME July 2021 lean hogs (candlesticks) with 10- and 50-day moving averages (pink and black lines) and June 2021 lean hogs (dark red line). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Front-month hogs hit seven-year high in thin trade

August live cattle up, feeders lower

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) lean hog futures ended mixed on Wednesday, with the thinly traded June contract rising to a seven-year high as strong domestic demand continues to underpin prices even as export prospects wane, traders said. The most-active hog futures contract eased on profit-taking but remained near the peak it […] Read more