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Prairie wheat bids mixed, watching U.S. futures markets

MGEX and CBOT May wheat futures were up on the week, while K.C. May wheat fell

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed for the week ended April 13, following U.S. futures markets, which were also mixed.

Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices rose by $1-$5 per tonne across most of 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 $246 per tonne in southeastern Saskatchewan to as high as $260 in northern Alberta. Northwestern Saskatchewan was an outlier, falling $13 per tonne, to $235.

Quoted basis levels varied from location to location but overall prices were $8-$33 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$187 to US$206 per tonne, which was up on a U.S. dollar basis on the week. That would put the currency adjusted levels at about US$21-$40 below 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 $26 to $51 below the futures.

Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat bids were down $1-$7 per tonne, with prices ranging from $194 to $207 per tonne.

Average durum prices fell, with prices dropping $2-$18 per tonne. Bids across Western Canada ranged from $239 to $262 per tonne.

The May spring wheat contract in Minneapolis, off of which most CWRS contracts in Canada are based, was quoted April 13 at US$6.17 per bushel, up 9.75 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 May K.C. wheat contract was quoted at US$4.9575 per bushel on April 13, down 11 U.S. cents compared to the previous week.

The May Chicago Board of Trade soft wheat contract settled at US$4.725 on April 13, up 0.25 U.S. cents on the week.

The Canadian dollar settled April 13 at 79.38 U.S cents, up 1.03 U.S. 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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