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Prairie wheat bids down with U.S. futures

MGEX, CBOT and K.C. wheat futures declined between three and six per cent on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada fell for the week ended June 1, following the lead of U.S. futures.

Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down $12-$16 per tonne across the Prairie provinces, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). Average prices ranged from about $233 per tonne in northwestern Saskatchewan to as high as $262 in southern Alberta.

Quoted basis levels varied from location to location and ranged from $10 to $39 per tonne above the futures when using the grain company methodology of quoting the basis as the difference between U.S. dollar-denominated futures and Canadian dollar cash bids.

When accounting for currency exchange rates by adjusting Canadian prices to U.S. dollars, CWRS bids ranged from US$180 to US$202 per tonne. That would put the currency adjusted basis levels at about US$21-$43 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 $27 to $56 below the futures.

Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat bids fell anywhere from $7 to $12 per tonne depending on the location. Prices ranged from $220 to $234 per tonne.

Average durum prices were lower, with bids in Western Canada coming in at about $238-$265 per tonne.

The July spring wheat contract in Minneapolis, off of which most CWRS contracts Canada are based, was quoted June 1 at US$6.04 per bushel, down 40.25 U.S. cents from the previous week.

Kansas City hard red winter wheat futures, traded in Chicago, are more closely linked to CPSR in Canada. The July K.C. wheat contract was quoted at US$5.4075 per bushel on June 1, down 23.25 U.S. cents compared to the previous week.

The July Chicago Board of Trade soft wheat contract settled at US$5.2325 on June 1, down 19.75 U.S. cents on the week.

The Canadian dollar settled June 1 at 77.14 U.S. cents, up 0.06 cents on the week.

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Ashley Robinson writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

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