[Thurs]: USDA estimated week to date cattle slaughter at 360,000 head through Wednesday. That would be 4,000 above last week and 2,000 head more than the same week a year ago, according to Brugler Marketing & Management. Cattle futures were not too excited about the April snow storm which should wrap-up today, according to Allendale… [Weds]: Boxed beef cutout values were firm to higher… Choice up 73 cents… Select up 82 cents… In negotiated cash sales in Nebraska, the USDA reported no live sales Wednesday. A total of 252 head were sold dressed at $204.00. In Iowa, 440 head were sold live at $127.45, with dressed sales of 196 head at $203.62… Blizzard conditions will add stress to feedlots, which will limit gain. Stewart-Peterson says better conditions in the southern plains could limit any buyer interested based on storm projections…

 

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Thu 4/11/2019 8:46 AM

 

Cattle - USDA estimated week to date cattle slaughter at 360,000 head through Wednesday. That would be 4,000 above last week and 2,000 head more than the same week a year ago, according to Brugler Marketing & Management.

 

Cattle futures were not too excited about the April snow storm which should wrap-up today, according to Allendale. The issue of calving problems and therefore a higher cattle price can be very real after these storms. That one is always a tough one to predict. From a practical standpoint we have numerous cow/calf producers who have reported concern on this issue.

 

Increased exports could boost livestock market

 

There appears to be a growing attitude that there's no need to panic over the weather until after Easter, Steve Bruce of Walsh Trading said. Some are saying that we might react like the hogs did after weeks of news of Chinese disease problems with their hog population.

 

According to the Hightower Report, hope for increasing exports to China plus ideas that the rally in global pork values will support beef are seen as reasons to rationalize the firm basis.

 

Reuters reported that the U.S. pork industry canceled its annual convention on Wednesday over concerns that international attendees could bring in an incurable hog disease at a time when American farmers are already suffering from trade wars.

 

Wed 4/10/2019 4:51 PM

 

Boxed beef cutout values were firm to higher on moderate demand and offerings.

 

Choice up 73 cents to $229.05/cwt.

Select up 82 cents to $219.62.

 

In negotiated cash sales in Nebraska, the USDA reported no live sales Wednesday. A total of 252 head were sold dressed at $204.00. In Iowa, 440 head were sold live at $127.45, with dressed sales of 196 head at $203.62.

 

July cattle closed at the lowest level since April 3, says Hightower. “The market is seeing more selling from fund traders in spite of the poor weather for the northern plains,” they said, adding funds still hold a large net long position and the cash market is in a seasonal weak period.

 

Blizzard conditions will add stress to feedlots, which will limit gain. Stewart-Peterson says better conditions in the southern plains could limit any buyer interested based on storm projections.

 

More corn means more feed

 

The potential for more corn acres is bullish for cattle feed prices, says Josh Maples, Extension ag economist with Mississippi State University. “The primary costs associated with a finished steer are the cost of the calf purchases and the cost of the feed,” he says, adding lower feed costs can translate to higher feeder cattle prices.

 

June and July hog futures both gapped lower this morning, but quickly rallied to close those gaps, says Stewart-Peterson. Trade with Mexico has slowed, but most expect an agreement with Mexico to be announced soon, which should result in larger purchases of U.S. pork.

 

Planting continues to look delayed with new storms

 

Old crop corn contracts put in new lows today, but some speculative short covering helped lift prices, says Stewart-Peterson. The threat of winter storms through some of the cornbelt should boost market speculation that a late planting season will result in reduced corn acres.

 

The soybean market appears to be waiting out an expected agreement with China, says ADM Ag Market View. Sec. Mnuchin said Monday that China has committed to buy a “significant amount” of U.S. soybeans and “they are in the market executing these orders.”

 

Corn

 

Some support is seen from today’s ethanol production report for last week, says ADM Ag Market View. This is up .30 percent from the previous week, but still down 3.09 percent from a year ago. Corn used last week for ethanol production was estimated at over 103 million bushels.

 

Ethanol use drew stocks lower last week, with 23.193 million barrels used. This was the largest reduction since October, says Barchart. This comes despite a small increase of 3,000 barrels per day from the previous week’s production.

 

Soybeans

 

Nearby bean meal futures were up $1 per ton today, with soy oil down three points. USDA flashed a sale of 133,759 MT for 2018-19 delivery to an unknown destination this morning, says Barchart. The U.S. average cash price range dipped by 50 cents to $8.35 to $8.85.

 

Hightower says July beans traded firmer today, up to $9.15 or a 3.25 cents increase. Mild support continues from yesterday’s USDA report, which most considered neutral to slightly bullish with a lower than expected ending stocks total.

 

Wheat

 

A spring storm will likely put a halt to spring wheat planting progress, with some snow forecasts in the two feet range in Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota, says Hightower. Algeria is tendering for wheat today, along with Bangladesh.

 

Chicago July wheat prices dropped to $4.60 early today, the lowest level in more than two weeks, says ADM Ag Market View. Kansas City wheat was trading in the $4.34 range, down nearly a penny.

 

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