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Southern, eastern North Dakota spring wheat yields hurt by drought

Reading Time: 2 minutes Mandan, N.D. | Reuters – Spring wheat yields in southern and east central North Dakota are well below average as a severe drought slashed production potential in the country’s top producing state, scouts on an annual crop tour said on Tuesday. Crop scouts calculated an average spring wheat yield at 29.5 bushels per acre (bpa) […] Read more

CME August 2021 lean hogs (candlesticks) with 20- and 50-day moving averages (pink and brown lines) and August 2021 live cattle (red line). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Hogs drop on weaker pork, falling prices in China

Live cattle down with cash beef prices; feeder cattle up as corn eases

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures fell sharply on Monday, continuing a retreat from multi-year highs set earlier this month as cash pork prices dropped and worries increased about Chinese import demand for U.S. pork. Technical selling and profit-taking have sped the multi-session decline after the actively traded Chicago Mercantile Exchange August lean […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2) and November 2021 soybeans (yellow line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybeans firm on long-term forecast, China demand

Wheat mixed on winter crop harvest, spring wheat drought

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures advanced on Monday on renewed buying by China and as concerns lingered about dry conditions in western portions of the Midwest farm belt despite scattered storms over the weekend. Corn futures were mostly lower as rain in the central corn belt boosted crop prospects, while wheat was mixed […] 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

CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (yellow line), CBOT July 2021 wheat (orange line) and MGEX July 2021 spring wheat (dark green line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn jumps after USDA lifts export, ethanol demand view

Soybean crush cut by USDA, boosting 2020-21 ending stocks

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures rallied on Thursday to their highest in a month after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projected stronger demand from ethanol makers and exporters ahead of the next harvest. Soybeans were mixed as USDA unexpectedly reduced its view of processor demand this spring and summer in its monthly […] Read more

CBOT July 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (yellow line) and CBOT July 2021 wheat (orange open/high/low/close). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn limit-up on export demand, short-covering

Soybeans follow corn higher, wheat also up

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures surged more than six per cent on Thursday in a technical-buying and short-covering bounce from one-month lows and as strong demand for feed grains supported prices. Soybeans followed corn higher, rising for the first time in eight sessions after hitting the lowest point in a month in the […] Read more


CME August 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (pink, brown, black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Live cattle, lean hogs firm on meat demand

Corn prices drag on feeder cattle

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog and live cattle futures climbed on Thursday on firming cash beef and pork prices and strong weekly export sales data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Feeder cattle futures were lower, however, pressured by soaring corn feed prices. USDA data released early on Thursday showed […] Read more

CME August 2021 lean hogs (candlesticks) with 20- and 50-day moving averages (pink, black lines) and August 2021 live cattle (red open/high/low/close). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Lean hogs ease on profit-taking

Cash prices, corn values drag on cattle futures

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures settled mostly lower on Wednesday, as investors took profits after some nearby contracts scaled the highest levels in years during the session on strong cash hog and pork prices. Cash hog prices remained firm while pork values hovered near the highest in almost seven years, […] Read more