Prairie wheat bids climb higher

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CNS Canada — Cash wheat bids across Western Canada posted solid gains during the week ended Friday, as U.S. futures recovered from their five-year lows and Canadian basis levels showed some improvement.

Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat prices were up by C$9 to $13 per tonne across the three Prairie provinces, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points. Bids ranged from about $221 per tonne in southern Saskatchewan, to as high as $233 per tonne in southern Alberta.

Quoted basis levels varied from location to location, but improved by C$5 on average to sit at $36 above the futures when using the grain company methodology of quoting the basis as the difference between U.S. dollar-denominated futures and the Canadian dollar cash bids.

When accounting for the currency exchange rates by adjusting the Canadian prices to U.S. dollars, CWRS bids ranged from US$167 to $176 per tonne. That would put the currency adjusted basis levels at about US$14 to $23 below the futures.

Looking at it the other way around, if the Minneapolis futures are converted to Canadian dollars, CWRS basis levels across Western Canada range from C$18 to $30 below the futures.

Average Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) bids were up by C$9 to $12 per tonne. CPSR prices came in at about $184 per tonne in Manitoba, $194 per tonne in Saskatchewan and $201-$205 per tonne in Alberta.

Soft white spring (CWSWS) wheat prices were up by C$14 to $16 per tonne on average. Prices ranged from $208 to $210 per tonne in Alberta.

Winter (CWRW) wheat prices were up by C$9-$13 per tonne. Prices ranged from about $171 to $177 per tonne, with the best levels in Alberta.

Average durum (CWAD) prices increased by C$2-$6 per tonne. Average bids in southern Saskatchewan, where the bulk of the crop is grown, were up $5, at $328 per tonne.

The December spring wheat contract in Minneapolis, off of which most CWRS contracts in Canada are based, was quoted at US$5.115 per bushel on Friday, up 8.25 cents from the week prior.

Kansas City hard red winter wheat futures, traded in Chicago, are more closely linked to CPSR in Canada. The December K.C. wheat contract was quoted Friday at US$4.8225 per bushel, up 7.5 cents from last week.

The December Chicago Board of Trade soft wheat contract settled at US$4.85 on Friday, 17.25 cents stronger compared to the week prior.

The Canadian dollar closed Friday at US75.45 cents, down by about a quarter of a cent relative to its U.S. counterpart compared to the previous week.

Phil Franz-Warkentin writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

Table: The weekly snapshot of average published prices as of Sept. 14, 2015. Futures prices (US$ per tonne) vary slightly due to changes while data is collected. Cash bids (C$ per tonne) have currency conversion included in the basis. Source:

CWRS Future.    . Basis.    . Net
Manitoba 190.86 33.89 224.75
Sask North Central.    . 191.86 30.26 222.12
Sask South 191.25 30.30 221.55
Alberta South 190.06 43.76 233.82
Alberta Central 190.31 40.29 230.60
Peace 189.78 38.12 227.90
CPSR Future Basis Net
Manitoba 180.67 3.25 183.92
Sask North Central 180.71 13.91 194.62
Sask South 180.78 12.63 193.41
Alberta South 179.45 25.86 205.31
Alberta Central 179.80 25.94 205.75
Peace 179.14 22.17 201.31
CWSWS Future Basis Net
Alberta South 180.87 28.33 209.20
Alberta Central 181.85 28.46 210.31
Peace 180.87 27.26 208.13
CWRW Future Basis Net
Manitoba 180.81 7.20 188.01
Sask North Central 181.07 3.01 184.08
Sask South 180.78 4.59 185.37
Alberta South 179.45 6.01 185.46
Alberta Central 179.89 8.98 188.87
Peace 179.14 6.50 185.64
Sask North Central 323.93
Sask South 328.27
Alberta South 328.11
Alberta Central 333.51

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