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A few more thoughts on the barley market

A few more thoughts on the barley market

Market Update with Jerry Klassen: Price good for barley growers, feeders aren't so thrilled

Over the past month I’ve received many inquiries about the market outlook for feed grains, especially barley. Earlier in winter, I provided an overview of the fundamentals. Canadian barley stocks at the end of the 2020/21 crop year have potential to drop to historical lows due to the increase in export and domestic demand. China […] Read more

File photo of hogs on a Chinese farm. (Songqiuju/iStock/Getty Images)

Feed weekly outlook: Grain exports, prices rise

MarketsFarm — As more Canadian feed grains make their way overseas, especially into China, domestic buyers may need to pay more secure supplies from emptying bins over the next few months. “Anything extra we’re able to export is getting exported at this point,” Brandon Motz, owner and sales manager of CorNine Commodities at Lacombe, Alta., […] Read more



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Feed weekly outlook: Prices plateauing

MarketsFarm — While prices for feed grains have risen over the last month along with several other commodities, they’ve now declined a little bit, according to Erin Harakal, senior trader with Agfinity in Stony Plain, Alta. “For short-term movement like November-December we’ve seen them come off the most compared to the late-January/early-March time frame,” she […] Read more


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Feed weekly outlook: Bids hold firm in West

MarketsFarm — Feed grain bids in Western Canada remain firm at the beginning of October, with a lack of significant farmer selling keeping the market underpinned as harvest wraps up across the Prairies. The barley harvest is mostly complete across the Prairies, but total yields and production remain to be seen. “The market is still […] Read more

CME November 2020 feeder cattle with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures slip as feed grain prices soar

Firm cash prices support CME hogs

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures retreated on Wednesday after the December contract hit its highest price in more than a month, while feeder cattle futures slumped as prices surged for grain used as animal feed. The rally in U.S. grain futures prices hung over cattle markets because livestock producers will be more […] Read more


CBOT December corn with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn up as hog futures soar

Soybeans down on profit-taking

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures climbed to their highest in five months on Thursday as news of a swine disease in Germany fueled expectations of increased demand for U.S. pork and feed grains, traders said. Firm cash markets for corn ahead of the start of the U.S. Midwest harvest added support, along with […] Read more

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Klassen: Yearling markets mixed

Compared to last week, yearling prices for western Canadian were down $2-$5 on average with the exception of southern Alberta where prices were relatively unchanged. Major feedlots in the Lethbridge area focused on local cattle which contributed to the firmer tone. Outside of Feedlot Alley, weakness in the deferred live cattle futures had buyers on […] Read more