MarketsFarm — Feed grain prices have been strong following Western Canada’s harvest, as feedlots ensure they’re covered heading into the winter. “Last week there was some buying in the deferred months, from January onward,” Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities at Lacombe, Alta. said. Pirness said the strong prices were unexpected, noting that when prices
Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were $2-$4 lower on average; calves traded $2 to as much as $6 below week-ago levels. Southern Alberta received its first snowfall of the season last week, which hindered demand for fresh replacements. Feedlots always incorporate a risk discount when the first snowfall of the year materializes,
MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts have steadied after slipping slightly following Canada’s Thanksgiving long weekend, with nearby attention on speculations rolling positions out of the front month. The nearby November contract closed Wednesday at $526.10 per tonne, gaining slightly after incurring losses the day prior. Market participants adjusting positions ahead of the November contract’s
MarketsFarm — Prices for feed barley and wheat have shot up over the last month, including a 76 cent per bushel jump for barley in Alberta, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire. In Saskatchewan, barley prices climbed 41 cents per bushel, while in Manitoba the rise has been much more subdued at nine cents. At present
MarketsFarm — ICE Futures canola contracts moved higher during the week ended Wednesday, moving back toward the contract highs hit in September. Canola is pushing upside chart limits and modest corrections are likely going forward, but the fundamentals remain supportive and “the trend is up until further notice,” said analyst Mike Jubinville of MarketsFarm Pro.
MarketsFarm — After a week of steady losses canola prices surged back Wednesday, catching ample spillover support from the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). That support in turn was derived from two new reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report on grain stocks as of Sept. 1 noted declines in wheat, corn
Black swan” is a metaphor to describe an unpredictable, widespread but exceptionally rare event that takes everyone by surprise. It’s a term often used in agriculture to describe unique events like the dust bowl of the 1930s when drought ravaged the agricultural industry in North America. Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic qualifies as one of
MarketsFarm — Feed barley and wheat prices in Western Canada have been showing some unusual strength in late September, with prices rising despite seasonal harvest pressure. “Right now we’ve been seeing a lot of talk about exports and the need for feed at feedlots,” said Erin Harakal, senior trader at Agfinity at Stony Plain, Alta.
Feeder cattle prices have recovered to levels seen this time last year, due largely to strong demand for cattle coming off the grass. “Last week, we were steady to five cents per pound higher when compared to last year,” said Brian Perillat, senior analyst at Canfax in Calgary. “Calf and feeder markets are doing well,
The COVID-19 pandemic’s resurgence in Manitoba has caused a great deal of concern for the province’s cattle producers, said Manitoba Beef Producers president Dianne Riding. “It’s because of the fact there is so much uncertainty as to what our calves are going to be worth this fall, or our yearlings,” she said. That concern was