Prairie wheat bids down as trade tensions weigh

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – Wheat bids in Western Canada continued their downward spiral for the week ended June 22, as ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China weighed on U.S. futures.

Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 percent CWRS) wheat prices were down by C$8 to C$11 per tonne across 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 C$214 per tonne in northwestern Saskatchewan, to as high as C$242 in eastern Manitoba.

Quoted basis levels varied from location to location and ranged from $8 to $36 per tonne above the futures when using the grain company methodology of quoting the basis as the difference between the U.S. dollar denominated futures and the Canadian dollar cash bids.

When accounting for currency exchange rates by adjusting Canadian prices to U.S. dollars (C$1=US$0.7514) CWRS bids ranged from US$161 to US$182 per tonne. That would put the currency adjusted basis levels at about US$24 to US$45 below the 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 C$32 to C$60 below the futures.

Canada Prairie Red Spring (CPRS) wheat bids fell anywhere from C$17 to C$20 per tonne depending on the location. Prices ranged from C$192 to C$208 per tonne.

Average durum prices were lower, with bids in Western Canada coming in at about C$238 to C$261 per tonne.

The September spring wheat contract in Minneapolis, which most CWRS contracts Canada are based off of, was quoted at US$5.6100 per bushel on June 22, down by 20 U.S. cents from the previous week.

The Kansas City hard red winter wheat futures, which are now traded in Chicago, are more closely linked to CPRS in Canada. The September Kansas City wheat contract was quoted at US$5.0550 per bushel on June 22, down by 27.75 U.S. cents compared to the previous week.

The September Chicago Board of Trade soft wheat contract settled at US$5.0425 on June 22, which was down by 9.25 U.S. cents on the week.

The Canadian dollar settled at 75.14 U.S cents on June 22, which was down by 0.75 cents on the week.

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