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U.S. livestock: Live cattle rise on higher beef prices, grilling demand

CME October hogs also settle higher

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures continued to advance Friday, supported by increasing beef prices and expectations of continued meat demand going into the Labour Day weekend, traders said. Beef prices usually rise heading into the September holiday, when consumers often barbecue either at home or with family and friends. Beef

U.S. grains: Corn eases on profit-taking

Traders question USDA numbers, raising uncertainty

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago corn inched slightly lower on Friday, as traders questioned federal acreage data and assessed the extent of storm damage in the U.S. Midwest. Prices slipped early in the day, after a rally in the previous session pushed corn futures to a four-week high. Soybeans also fell after jumping to a


U.S. farm state senators in a beef over livestock bill

COVID price downturn has some saying the market isn’t transparent enough

Reuters – Two senior Republican U.S. senators from top farm states have locked horns over legislation intended to make North American cattle markets more transparent, after the COVID-19 pandemic tanked livestock prices. U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa and a bipartisan group of colleagues introduced a bill in May that would force meat packers like


U.S. grains: Exports, storm damage offset big crop outlook

Corn, soy prices buck USDA forecasts; wheat rises on corn rally

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago corn prices surged to a four-week high on Thursday as forecasts of warmer weather and worries over recent storm damage in the U.S. Midwest countered pressure from huge government harvest forecasts. The corn rally also boosted wheat, as traders continue to debate how much impact the drought hammering Argentina’s farm



U.S. livestock: Cattle futures rise as corn prices ease

Hog futures up slightly on improved exports

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures rose on Thursday with feeder cattle leading the pack, as corn prices eased on profit taking ahead of the long holiday weekend, analysts said. Thursday’s feeder cattle rally was due in part to a slump in corn futures, traders said. Earlier this week, the most-active contract surged amid

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

Corn inches up on technical trading, weather questions

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


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

Cattle futures mixed on USDA report expectations

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

U.S. livestock: Hogs down, cattle up on demand issues

Cash cattle values hint at increased demand

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures dipped on Tuesday, as questions continued to grow about whether pork export demand from China will surge and eat through massive domestic stockpiles, traders said. Meanwhile, cattle futures rose as the cash market showed hints of increased demand from packers hungry to supply grocery stores and restaurants