Feed weekly outlook: Bids rising in Saskatchewan

(Doug Wilson photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

MarketsFarm — Feed grain prices in Western Canada are continuing their ongoing rise as heat and dryness cover the region.

“For feed wheat (on Tuesday), I finally got a bid of $10 per bushel, which is really an amazing bid,” said Dale McManus, broker for Johnston Grains at Welwyn, Sask.

The high-delivered bid for feed wheat in Saskatchewan was $8.50/bu. — $1 higher than last month, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire data for Tuesday. Feed wheat in Manitoba went up to $8.92/bu. and $10.31 in Alberta — monthly rises of 75 and 79 cents, respectively.

“A normal bid for feed wheat would be $6 or $7 (per bushel), in a normal year,” McManus said.

As for feed barley, Saskatchewan’s and Manitoba’s high-delivered bids were $7/bu., a $1 rise for both since June. In Alberta, the price was $8.71/bu. — $1.09 more than one month earlier.

McManus acknowledged, though, that crop conditions vary from place to place.

“There are places in Saskatchewan where the crops don’t look bad. It’s not a bumper crop and it won’t be a huge crop, but there will be something there and there are spots where there’s already nothing there. They’ve been written off,” he said, adding there are now larger portions of other grains going into feed, including rye.

McManus believes feed grain bids won’t go down anytime soon, but it would be hard to predict how much upside there is left.

“It all depends what the outcome of harvest is,” he said. “Expectations are that it’s going to be a poor crop and until we get into (new crop), we really won’t know.”

— Adam Peleshaty reports for MarketsFarm from Stonewall, Man.

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