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Slow U.S. corn planting a drag on cattle prices

Trade worries contribute to ongoing market volatility

Recent strength in grain markets has inversely weighed on cattle prices, although activity at Manitoba’s auction yards is slowing down for the season. A number of auctions were closed for the week, and many will soon shut down for the summer or run at reduced capacity. Prices for what was still moving have weakened over […] Read more


Weather-related soybean rally supportive for ICE canola futures

Trump’s threat of a trade war with Mexico could be bearish

ICE Futures canola contracts climbed higher during the week ended May 31, as a rally in the Chicago Board of Trade soy complex provided spillover support. The slow pace of spring seeding in the United States catalyzed the rally in Chicago soybean and corn markets, with heavy rains keeping Midwestern farmers off of their fields. […] Read more

U.S. cattle supplies, corn futures may drag on prices

Local cattle values are still reasonably steady for now

Activity at Manitoba’s cattle auction yards is slowing down ahead of the summer, with the Victoria Day weekend also limiting some of the activity during the week ended May 24. Prices held reasonably steady for the most part, although outside market influences may keep some caution in the Canadian cattle sector over the next few […] Read more

Pressures on soybean market put crunch on canola values

China trade troubles outweigh concerns about late planting

ICE Futures canola contracts moved higher for most of the week ended May 17 before running into resistance, as the Canadian oilseed reacted to activity in the Chicago soybean complex. The July contract has improved by roughly $20 per tonne off of its early-May lows over the past two weeks, and saw additional strength when […] Read more

CWRS bids hold steady on Prairies, other classes drop

MGEX July wheat was up on the week while CBOT and K.C. July wheat slipped

Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat bids held relatively steady during the week ended May 10, as the Minneapolis futures managed to edge higher on the week despite losses in the Chicago and Kansas City winter wheat markets. Average CWRS (13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were held within $1 per tonne of unchanged at […] Read more

Bearish fundamentals drive canola to new contract lows

Presidential tweets piled more pressure on soybean values

Canola contracts on the ICE Futures platform hit fresh contract lows every day during the week ended May 3, with little supportive news to slow the drop. The most active July contract lost $14 per tonne over the course of the week, to settle at $432.60 per tonne on May 6. New-crop November lost a […] Read more

Canola falls to new lows

Bearish charts and uncertainty over the Chinese market are weighing in

ICE canola futures fell to fresh contract lows during the holiday-shortened week ended April 18, as bearish chart signals weighed on values and the trade dispute between Canada and China showed no signs of improving. Heavy spread trade during the week saw traders roll out of the May contract and into July, which now holds […] Read more

Prairie CWRS bids firm as other classes edge lower

Minneapolis and Kansas City May wheat futures both rose on the week

Western Canadian wheat bids were mixed during the week ended April 12, reacting to activity in U.S. futures and a firmer Canadian dollar, with gains in hard red spring wheat and losses in Prairie spring wheat. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up by $1-$5 per tonne at […] Read more

Canola may be vulnerable if CBOT soybeans decline

China’s block on canola is already baked into the market

ICE Futures canola contracts held reasonably steady during the week ended April 5, hovering above major long-term lows as traders contemplated the lack of Chinese demand and what the trade dispute means going forward. The bearish influence of China shuttering its doors to Canadian canola has been generally factored into the market, with lows possibly […] Read more

Prairie CWRS bids drop with Minneapolis futures

Also, the Canadian dollar climbed roughly a quarter-cent on the week

Western Canadian wheat bids posted losses across much of the region during the week ended March 29, with weakness in the Minneapolis futures and gains in the Canadian dollar behind the price activity. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent) wheat prices were steady to down by nearly $10 per tonne, according to […] Read more