[Weds]: National carcass base up $1.02… Iowa-Minnesota carcass base up $1.28… USDA reported carcass cutout values this afternoon were down 49 cents… The U.S.-China trade talks helped drive pork prices. “Hog markets are showing strong gains due to progress in U.S./China trade talks and speculation that China could begin to import more U.S. pork products,” Stewart-Peterson said… 

 

Farm Commodity Newsletter/Iowa Farmer Today

 

Thu 1/10/2019 9:31 AM

 

Lean hogs - While the marketers remain bullish over the long term, high US weights and sluggish U.S. pork prices are caution flags for the bulls, The Hightower Report said.

 

They added that pork prices in China have been drifting over the past two weeks, and it may take some time before China becomes an aggressive buyer.

 

Higher pig weights in Iowa-Southern Minnesota this month are a function of milder than normal weather and this suggest that producers may be struggling to keep current with marketings, The Hightower Report said.

 

Wed 1/9/2019 5:10 PM

 

In weighted average negotiated prices for barrows and gilts, USDA reported;

 

National carcass base up $1.02to $51.19/cwt.

National live down 11 cents to $38.89

Iowa-Minnesota carcass base up $1.28to $52.04

 

USDA reported carcass cutout values this afternoon were down 49 cents to $69.67.

 

Hog prices showed another day of progress. “Hog prices rose for its second consecutive day on strong load counts,” Michael Headlee of CHS Hedging said. “February hogs traded to a high of $64.10, just above the 100- and 50-day moving averages of $64.01 and $64.08, respectively.”

 

With that move, the trends in hog prices are starting to look bullish, based on more than just China optimism. “Cash hog and cash pork values have been moving higher, providing additional support that some view as more concrete than speculating on further China purchases,” Stewart-Peterson said.

 

Trade talk boosts hogs

 

The U.S.-China trade talks helped drive pork prices. “Hog markets are showing strong gains due to progress in U.S./China trade talks and speculation that China could begin to import more U.S. pork products,” Stewart-Peterson said.

 

“Beef values have remained steady this week despite the sharp gains in cattle futures,” Stewart-Peterson said. “This is likely keeping packers from paying up for slaughter inventory, at least at this point in the week. The jump in futures yesterday may have left cattle a bit overbought, so some consolidation or slight correction is not necessarily a bearish development.”

 

Soybeans ship to China

 

The beginning of soybean shipments to China boosted soybeans today. “Soybeans are rising today,” Virginia McGathey of McGathey Commodities said. “Shipments to China are finally starting. It looks like we’re starting to make a little bit of a breakthrough.”

 

McGathey said more shipments should be heading to China in February, which gives optimism going forward. “That’s really a positive move,” she said. “We’re going to look for more coming in February as well. Finally the stalemate looks like it is going to be finding a resolution.” Both China and the U.S. reported progress and plan to meet for more talks in February in Washington.

 

Corn

 

“The carryout number really is supporting the prices right now,” McGathey said. “There has been a slight reduction to it, that’s expected to put the final number at about 1.8 billion bushels. That kind of is supporting the market, keeping it at the high side of the channel, where it has been really for the past number of weeks.”

 

“The ethanol production for the week ending January 4th averaged 1.0 million barrels per day,” The Hightower Report said. “This is down 1.09 percent vs. last week and up 0.40 percent vs. last year. This also was the lowest weekly production since April 20, 2018. Total Ethanol production for the week was 7 million barrels.”

 

Soybean

 

Conditions in South America have also driven the soybean prices up. “There’s been some adverse weather in South American that also is supporting the rally in soybeans,” McGathey said. “We still have a ways to go before we can call it a full-on rally in soybeans.”

 

The optimism is countered by the China National Grains and Oils Information Center (CNGOIC) projecting soybean meal demand to drop, the Hightower Report said. “However, CNGOIC expects soybean meal demand to drop 4.7% to 66.8 million tonnes versus 70.1 million last year due to the widespread outbreak of African swine fever.”

 

Wheat

 

“The wheat market backed off the highs as news came in that the U.S. fell short of expected export business,” Michael Headlee of CHS Hedging said.

 

“Egypt bought a total of 415,000 tonnes of wheat, all from Russia” The Hightower Report said. “The Feb. 20-28 shipment total is 295,000 tonnes at an average price of $264.54 per ton CNF while the March 1-10 shipment total is 120,000 tonnes at an average price of $265.70 per ton CNF.” These compare to $263.90 for the last Egyptian purchase, the highest in four years.

 

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