U.S. livestock: Lean hogs edge up on hopes for Chinese demand

April live cattle up on short-covering

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures rose modestly on Thursday on technical buying and hopes China will step up purchases of U.S. agricultural goods including pork as the U.S.-China Phase One trade deal takes effect, brokers said. Benchmark April lean hog futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange settled up 0.3 cent at 64.075 […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soy up on prospects for Chinese demand

U.S. dollar strength drags on wheat, corn

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose on Thursday, rallying from early declines on short-covering and prospects for China to step up purchases of U.S. supplies as the U.S.-China Phase One deal goes into effect in days, traders said. But wheat and corn futures fell, pressured by a stronger U.S. dollar, worries about economic […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle rise on broad commodity strength

Nearby hogs down on weak cash values

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Wednesday, bouncing off a four-month low on bargain buying along with broad-based strength in equity and commodity markets as fears subsided about the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in China. The benchmark April live cattle futures contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) […] Read more

North American hog markets wracked by coronavirus

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Besides shutting down entire cities and killing more than 1,000 people, China’s novel coronavirus outbreak has wreaked havoc on North America’s hog futures. “It’s a dubious relationship, but it is impacting markets,” said Tyler Fulton, risk management director for Hams Marketing Services in Winnipeg. Lean hog futures moved “in concert with drops in […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans up as China pledges to fulfill purchases

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose for a sixth straight session on Monday on expectations that Beijing will meet the purchasing targets agreed in the Phase One trade deal with Washington, although concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in China capped gains. The most active soybean futures contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade […] Read more


Strong export demand, acreage ahead for barley

Lower supplies from Australia benefit Canadian growers

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Canadian malting barley acreage is expected to remain high in the coming year, mostly due to strong export demand. Peter Watts, managing director of the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Center in Winnipeg, said tough harvest conditions were partially to blame for lowered malt barley output in 2019. “We had a fairly lousy harvest, […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat, corn up on technical buying, export optimism

Soybean traders remain cautious

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and wheat futures rose on Thursday on chart-based buying and short-covering coupled with optimism about prospects for U.S. agricultural export sales to China, traders said. Soybean futures firmed but trailed the advances in grains. Chicago Board of Trade March corn settled up 4-1/4 cents at $3.83-1/2 per bushel after […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures advance for second day

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures closed higher on Friday for a second session on follow-through buying after Thursday’s limit-up close and reminders of stepped-up Chinese demand for U.S. pork, traders said. Benchmark April lean hog futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) settled up 1.375 cents, at 66.25 cents/lb. (all figures US$). […] Read more


Coronavirus disrupts China meat imports, food supplies

Swine fever has created pork shortage

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Coronavirus is disrupting meat shipments to China as the country faces a shortage due to an outbreak of a fatal pig disease, Tyson Foods Inc and U.S. agricultural groups said on Thursday. An outbreak of African swine fever, which infects only pigs, has decimated China’s herd, pushing Chinese pork prices to […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn, wheat slide on strong dollar, export uncertainty

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat and corn futures fell on Thursday as a strengthening dollar dampened U.S. export prospects and traders continued to wait for signs of China buying agricultural goods, analysts said. Soybean futures eked out a modest advance. Chicago Board of Trade March corn settled down 1-1/2 cents at $3.79-1/4 per bushel […] Read more