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U.S. livestock: Ham prices lead lean hog futures higher

Chicago live cattle book slight gain

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures rose on Thursday as firmer cash markets for hogs and some pork products supported thinking that the market may have bottomed out after declining for much of 2020, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) August lean hog futures settled up 2.275 cents at 50.225 cents/lb., crawling back […] Read more


U.S. grains: Wheat futures top two-month high on global harvest worries

Corn, soybeans firm as U.S. weather looks hotter, drier

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures on Thursday leapt to their highest prices in more than two months as the latest crop estimates in major exporting countries like Argentina, France and Russia raised questions about global supply. Corn and soybean futures also strengthened, as weather forecasts predicted more heat and dryness […] Read more

China’s slower meat imports seen worsening its protein shortage

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beijing | Reuters — China’s dwindling pace of meat imports, thanks to its tough measures against coronavirus contamination, will provide further support for prices already buoyed by a severe shortage of pork, analysts said. Purchases of pork and other meats have soared this year after domestic production shrank 30 per cent following an outbreak of […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures, boxed beef prices weaken

October lean hogs up slightly

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live and feeder cattle futures weakened with boxed beef prices on Wednesday as large supplies of heavy livestock are ready for slaughter, commodity brokers said. Cattle heading to slaughter weigh more, analysts said, because they put on pounds as animals backed up in feedlots when meat plants closed in April […] Read more


ICE weekly outlook: Canola nears resistance

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts hit their strongest levels in three months during the first week of July, but appear to be running into resistance from a chart standpoint. The November contract hit an intersession high of $482 per tonne on Wednesday, but settled below the $480 mark. “You can’t discount at least the […] Read more


U.S. grains: CBOT wheat hits one-month high

Global wheat production estimates shrink; U.S. crop report due out Friday

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures jumped on Wednesday on concerns about shrinking crop production estimates in countries from France and Russia to Argentina, traders said. Prices approached a one-month high at the Chicago Board of Trade as adverse weather and lower-than-expected plantings have reduced expectations for harvests in major exporters. The neighbouring corn […] Read more


Saudi Arabia completes first phase of flour mill privatization

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dubai/London | Reuters — Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had completed the first batch of its flour milling sector privatization, according to a statement by the state grain buyer and privatization centre. The long-awaited flour mills sale was one of the first privatizations the kingdom planned as part of a wide-reaching overhaul of its […] Read more

Ontario corn so far is rated as about 60 per cent good to excellent.

Ontario corn exports increased in late spring

The improvement is in contrast to falling exports of corn out of the U.S.

Reading Time: 6 minutes Over the past 30 days, the Ontario growing region has experienced normal temperatures and received average precipitation. There are some dryer pockets in the eastern counties closer to Ottawa. After a very cool April and May, the bulk of Ontario corn, soybean and wheat crops are developing under favorable conditions. The forecast for July calls […] Read more