GFM Network News

Poor Chinese demand a setback for grain exports

MarketsFarm — Canadian grain exports from licensed facilities are running well behind the previous year’s pace, due primarily to a sharp reduction in movement to China, according to latest monthly data from the Canadian Grain Commission. Total exports at Dec. 31 of grain, oilseed and pulse crops for the 2019-20 crop year to date came […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hogs limit down to contract lows

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. hog futures sank by their daily trading limit to contract lows on Thursday under pressure from hefty supplies and fears about the spreading coronavirus outbreak. Cattle futures also hit multi-month lows. U.S. hog supplies are large after farmers expanded their herds to supply new processing plants. But traders are now […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans set eight-month low

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell for an eighth consecutive session on Thursday and hit an eight-month low as the rising toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China added to concerns about Chinese demand for American crops. Wheat also eased and set a three-week low on the Chicago Board of Trade as the […] Read more

IGC calls for more wheat despite lowering global forecast

MarketsFarm — At close to 1.03 billion tonnes, there’s going to be more wheat in the world in 2019-20 than in the previous marketing year, according to the latest outlook from the International Grains Council (IGC). The London-based organization released its report on Jan. 23, in which it revised its previous forecast — but with […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hogs, cattle sink to multi-month lows

Ample supplies drag on cattle futures

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. hog and cattle futures dropped to fresh multi-month lows on Wednesday. Ample supplies and weakening cash markets weighed on the cattle contracts while concerns about demand from China pressured hog futures. The pressure on cattle comes at a time of year when the market tends to find support due to […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soy, wheat extend losing streaks

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell on Tuesday for the sixth day in a row, with investors waiting for signs of the pickup in Chinese demand promised when Washington and Beijing signed the Phase One trade deal on Jan. 15, traders said. Wheat futures also drifted lower, their third straight day of losses, […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn futures hit three-month high on export demand

Profit-taking sparks pullback in CBOT wheat

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures topped a three-month high on Thursday on improved export demand, while wheat futures traded near a 1-1/2 year high reached a session earlier. Soybeans eased to a one-month low as traders awaited signs of Chinese purchases of U.S. crops in the wake of last week’s initial trade agreement […] Read more