Canola futures finish slightly lower

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Futures canola contracts were lower on Wednesday, after trading most of the session on either side of steady.

While Chicago soyoil managed to finish a little higher today, soymeal was down sharply and weighed on values.
Gains in European rapeseed and Malaysian palm oil tempered further losses for canola.

The Canadian dollar was on the rise mid-afternoon Wednesday, gaining about a cent and a half. The loonie was at 70.49 U.S. cents, compared to Tuesday’s close of 69.01.

There were 22,699 contracts traded on Wednesday, which compares with Tuesday when 16,216 contracts changed hands. Spreading accounted for 13,614 contracts traded.

Settlement prices are in Canadian dollars per metric tonne.

Price Change
Canola May 466.50 dn 1.90
Jul 474.60 dn 1.40
Nov 482.80 dn 0.60
Jan 489.40 dn 0.50

SOYBEAN futures at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) were lower on Wednesday, despite the forthcoming aid package to combat the economic ill-effects from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The White House and leaders from the United States Senate reached an agreement to pass the US$2 trillion aid package. Along with direct payments to Americans, the package includes US$500 billion for loans to large industries, US$375 billion for small business, and an increase to unemployment benefits.

There is continued optimism in the markets that China will soon proceed with its US$40 billion purchase of U.S. agricultural goods, as outlined in the Phase One trade agreement.

Reports state the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains scheduled to release two key reports on March 31. There had been speculation in the markets that the grains stocks as of March 1 and the planting intentions reports would be delayed due to the number of USDA employees working remotely.

Farm Futures issued the results of its survey of planting intentions on March 25. The survey puts soybean acres for 2020 at 82.7 million, up from the estimated 76.1 million acres planted in 2019.

The USDA announced a private sale of 20,000 tonnes of soyoil to South Korea with delivery during the current marketing year.

CORN futures were slightly higher on Wednesday.

Estimates for U.S. corn acres to be planted this spring range from 92 million to 95 million. A struggling ethanol industry and the fertilizer supply will influence farmer decisions, according to a report. The Farm Futures survey pegged the corn acres at 96.4 million. In 2019, U.S. farmers planted approximately 89.7 million acres.

Ethanol stocks dropped by 458,000 barrels for the week ended March 20, according to the Energy Information Administration. Total U.S. ethanol stocks are at 24.14 million barrels. Weekly production hit a little over 7.0 million barrels, which was down 210,000 from the previous week.

The USDA announced a private sale of 138,000 of corn to unknown destinations, with delivery during the 2019/20 marketing year.

WHEAT futures were stronger on Wednesday, with double-digit gains for Chicago and Kansas City, but a small increase for Minneapolis.

Demand for wheat has risen due to global shortages of flour in stores as consumers around the world have increased their purchases.

The Farm Futures survey put total wheat acres to be planted in 2020 at 45.8 million. Of that, about 31.7 million acres would be winter wheat and roughly 14.2 million would be spring wheat. In 2019, U.S. farmers are thought to have planted 31.2 million acres of winter wheat and 14.0 million of spring wheat.

OUTSIDE MARKETS

Light crude oil nearby futures in New York was up 48 cents at US$24.49 per barrel.

In the afternoon, the Canadian dollar was trading around US69.92 cents, up from 69.01 cents the previous trading day. The U.S. dollar was C$1.4302.

Winnipeg ICE Futures Canada dollars per tonne.

Canola May 20 465.60s -1.90 -0.41%

Canola Jul 20 474.60s -1.40 -0.29%

Canola Nov 20 482.80s -0.60 -0.12%

Canola Jan 21 489.40s -0.50 -0.10%

Canola Mar 21 495.30s -0.40 -0.08%

 

American crop prices in cents US/bushel, soybean meal in $US/short ton, soy oil in cents US/pound. Prices are displayed with fractions (2/8, 4/8, and 6/8) instead of decimals. -2 equals .25, -4 equals .50, -6 equals .75. The “s” means it is the settlement.

 

Chicago

Soybean May 20 881-4s -5-2 -0.59%

Soybean Jul 20 884-6s -2-6 -0.31%

Soybean Aug 20 885-4s -1-0 -0.11%

Soybean Sep 20 879-0s +0-6 +0.09%

Soybean Nov 20 877-4s +2-4 +0.29%

 

Soybean Meal May 20 321.7s -10.4 -3.13%

Soybean Meal Jul 20 318.3s -6.3 -1.94%

Soybean Meal Aug 20 313.9s -1.9 -0.60%

 

Soybean Oil May 20 26.64s +0.09 +0.34%

Soybean Oil Jul 20 26.99s +0.15 +0.56%

Soybean Oil Aug 20 27.16s +0.16 +0.59%

 

Corn May 20 348-4s +1-2 +0.36%

Corn Jul 20 353-4s +1-4 +0.43%

Corn Sep 20 358-2s +1-6 +0.49%

Corn Dec 20 367-2s +2-0 +0.55%

Corn Mar 21 377-0s +2-2 +0.60%

 

Oats May 20 266-0s -3-4 -1.30%

Oats Jul 20 264-4s -3-6 -1.40%

Oats Sep 20 257-2s -3-4 -1.34%

Oats Dec 20 253-4s -5-6 -2.22%

Oats Mar 21 257-4s -5-6 -2.18%

 

Wheat May 20 580-0s +18-4 +3.29%

Wheat Jul 20 567-6s +12-4 +2.25%

Wheat Sep 20 566-4s +10-0 +1.80%

Wheat Dec 20 571-6s +9-2 +1.64%

Wheat Mar 21 574-0s +8-2 +1.46%

 

Minneapolis

Spring Wheat May 20 537-4s +2-4 +0.47%

Spring Wheat Jul 20 546-2s +2-6 +0.51%

Spring Wheat Sep 20 554-4s +3-4 +0.64%

Spring Wheat Dec 20 564-2s +2-6 +0.49%

Spring Wheat Mar 21 575-0s +2-4 +0.44%

 

Kansas City

Hard Red Wheat May 20 501-0s +10-2 +2.09%

Hard Red Wheat Jul 20 504-6s +9-4 +1.92%

Hard Red Wheat Sep 20 510-2s +8-0 +1.59%

Hard Red Wheat Dec 20 519-4s +8-2 +1.61%

Hard Red Wheat Mar 21 527-6s +9-0 +1.73%

 

Chicago livestock futures in US¢/pound, Pit trade

Live Cattle Apr 20 108.450s +2.300 +2.17%

Live Cattle Jun 20 96.325s -0.700 -0.72%

Live Cattle Aug 20 97.175s -1.075 -1.09%

 

Feeder Cattle Mar 20 132.075s +1.850 +1.42%

Feeder Cattle Apr 20 128.725s -1.350 -1.04%

Feeder Cattle May 20 129.100s -0.400 -0.31%

 

Lean Hogs Apr 20 65.850s -0.575 -0.87%

Lean Hogs May 20 65.125s -0.750 -1.14%

Lean Hogs Jun 20 71.750s -1.250 -1.71%

 

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