U.S. senators question packers over exports to China during pandemic

USDA shows record pork exports to China in April, raising questions about rising U.S. meat prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Two prominent U.S. Senate Democrats are pressing America’s top meatpackers to disclose by month’s end how much pork, beef and chicken they shipped to China during the coronavirus outbreak while warning of possible meat shortages at home. The request from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker increases scrutiny of companies such […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans climb as China trade talks progress

July wheat down over four per cent on week

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean futures gained on Friday as U.S. trade talks with China continued, invigorating hopes the top soybean importer would reach earlier export estimates. Wheat fell as the U.S. winter wheat harvest progressed, while corn inched higher on technical positioning. The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade […] Read more

Weekly canola exports well below average

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Weekly Canadian canola exports fell to their second-lowest level of the 2019-20 crop year-to-date during the week ended Sunday, according to the latest data from the Canadian Grain Commission. Only 80,300 tonnes of canola were exported during the 45th week of the crop year, down 44 per cent from the previous week and […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat slips on bumper harvest, soy up on exports

Corn inches up on technical trading, weather questions

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures slid again on Thursday, dropping to their lowest in more than eight months amid a bumper U.S. harvest and well-timed European rains. Soybeans and corn edged higher, on technical trading and signs weather may not be so crop-friendly across the U.S. Corn Belt in coming days. The most-active […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures still face headwinds over demand questions

Cattle futures mixed on USDA report expectations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures traded choppy on Wednesday, amid ongoing pressure from large domestic supplies and rebounding pork production, analysts said. Meanwhile, concerns over a potential slowdown in U.S. pork exports kept markets jittery for a second session, traders said. China’s meat importers fear clearing delays and a hit to demand […] Read more


India’s levy cut on lentils part of balancing act

Global markets had zero or little forewarning of decision

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — To Pulse Canada, the recent move by the Indian government to temporarily reduce the import levy on lentils from 30 to 10 per cent is part of a balancing act between competing interests. Greg Cherewyk, president of Pulse Canada, explained that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “looking after the needs of a politically […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat declines as USDA estimates record global stocks

Corn gains on ethanol estimates; soybean traders eye Chinese demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures slid on Thursday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated global stocks were at a record high in its monthly supply and demand report, traders said. Soybean futures ended nearly unchanged as the USDA lowered export expectations, even after recent purchases from China supported prices. Corn advanced as […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans fall in technical correction

Corn strengthens on ethanol revival; wheat slips as harvest mounts

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean futures closed lower on Monday on technical selling, after reaching a two-month high, following a week of strong export sales. Corn gained as higher oil prices boosted hopes for ethanol demand and concerns loomed over mounting dryness in parts of the Midwest. Wheat slipped as harvests in Texas and […] Read more


U.S. grains: Wheat soars as export outlook brightens

CBOT soybeans near two-month top

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures hit their highest levels in nearly two months on Thursday and wheat futures rose more than two per cent as a weaker dollar bolstered export prospects for U.S. grains and oilseeds, analysts said. Corn futures followed the firm trend. Chicago Board of Trade July soybeans settled up 10-1/4 […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans rise on improving exports

Wheat recovers from two-day slide, corn ends narrowly mixed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean futures climbed on Wednesday to a three-week high as fresh export demand from China, the world’s top importer, continued to support prices. Wheat prices bounced after a two-day slide, with a softer U.S. dollar lending support, while corn ended narrowly mixed. Chicago Board of Trade July soybeans settled up […] Read more