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Weaker loonie drives Prairie wheat bids up

CWRS basis levels across Western Canada range from C$30 to C$58 below the futures.

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – A weaker Canadian dollar combined with rising United States futures drove wheat bids in Western Canada higher, for the week ended May 18.

Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 percent CWRS) wheat prices were up by C$10 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$240 per tonne in northwestern Saskatchewan, to as high as C$268 in northern Alberta.

Quoted basis levels varied from location to location and ranged from $9 to $37 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$0.7764) CWRS bids ranged from US$186 to US$208 per tonne. That would put the currency adjusted basis levels at about US$23 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$30 to C$58 below the futures.

Canada Prairie Red Spring (CPRS) wheat bids rose, gaining anywhere from C$15 to C$19 per tonne depending on the location. Prices ranged from C$215 to C$232 per tonne.

Average durum prices were higher, with bids in Western Canada coming in at about C$237 to C$265 per tonne.

The July spring wheat contract in Minneapolis, which most CWRS contracts Canada are based off of, was quoted at US$6.2900 per bushel on May 18, up by 24.00 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 July Kansas City wheat contract was quoted at US$5.3875 per bushel on May 18, up by 20.75 U.S. cents compared to the previous week.

The July Chicago Board of Trade soft wheat contract settled at US$5.1825 on May 18, which was up by 19.50 U.S. cents on the week.

The Canadian dollar settled at 77.64 U.S cents on May 18, which was down by 0.61 cents on the week.

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