U.S. grains: Wheat futures climb on short-covering

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures hit their highest in nearly a week on Tuesday as declining U.S. wheat condition ratings and worries about Southern Hemisphere crop prospects fueled a round of short-covering, analysts said. Corn firmed on signs of improving export prospects and soybean futures closed modestly higher. Chicago Board of Trade December […] Read more


U.S. states declare emergencies to help farmers in propane shortage

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — Regional shortages of propane, which is used for heating homes and barns and by farmers to dry their crops, have led to emergency declarations covering nine U.S. Midwest states amid late harvests of soggy grains. Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin declared state emergencies beginning in late October, and continued last Friday to […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans set one-month low on trade doubts

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures dropped to a one-month low on Thursday as doubts over the chances for the U.S. and China to reach a trade deal soon hung over the market. Corn futures inched up, while wheat slumped. Price movements were limited by uncertainty over progress in talks between Washington and Beijing […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: Trade uncertainty weighs

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Lack of demand for corn exports has continued to drag prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and the U.S. dollar has been stronger recently, making exports even less attractive, according to Terry Reilly, a grains analyst with Futures International. In contrast, consistent soybean sales since Monday have provided some support to […] Read more


Corn harvest a struggle for three U.S. states

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — With a significant amount of corn still in the fields on the U.S. northern Plains, the harvest may be grinding to a halt, according to MarketsFarm analyst Bruce Burnett. In particular, Burnett noted, the corn harvest has been further slowed by a propane shortage, which has caused issues for farmers trying to acquire […] Read more

U.S. books latest end to soy harvest in a decade

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm —The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in its oilseed crops outlook issued Wednesday, said the country’s 2019 soybean harvest will wind up the latest in 10 years. As of Sunday, the overall U.S. soybean harvest stood at 85 per cent complete, according to USDA’s weekly crop progress report. The pace was two points behind […] Read more

Latest USDA supply/demand report generates mixed results

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm – In the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) supply and demand report issued Friday, corn estimates were lowered from the October report and those for soybeans largely remained the same for the 2019/20 marketing year. There were some revisions for wheat as well. In the latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Corn waits for news

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm – Commodities on the Chicago Board of trade were range-bound and “starving for news” at midweek. Scott Capinegro of Barrington Commodity Brokers in Illinois noted that the December corn contract started the month at US$3.88 per bushel, and was currently at US$3.8850. “It went absolutely nowhere,” he said. Snowstorms in North Dakota, South Dakota, […] Read more

U.S. grains: Harvest pace drags on corn, soybeans

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures ended flat on Wednesday as optimism that China would significantly increase U.S. export purchases after offering to waive tariffs was overshadowed by a lack of confirmed buying and an accelerating U.S. harvest. Corn was also flat on harvest pressure and limited demand, while wheat firmed in a modest […] Read more