Feed weekly outlook: Demand from China lifts prices

MarketsFarm — Prices for feed barley and wheat have shot up over the last month, including a 76 cent per bushel jump for barley in Alberta, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire.

In Saskatchewan, barley prices climbed 41 cents per bushel, while in Manitoba the rise has been much more subdued at nine cents.

At present barley is running $3.70-$5.33/bu. in Alberta, and $4-$4.25/bu. in Saskatchewan. Manitoba prices were a bit lower, at $3.40-$3.67/bu.

“China has a very high export demand for pretty much every grain we have,” said Glen Loyns, general manager of JGL Commodities at Moose Jaw.

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He chalked up that strong export demand to China looking to rebuild grain reserves, noting there has also been competition from good domestic demand for feed grains.

Coupled with the rise in barley prices, feed wheat over the last month has shown increases of 34 cents/bu. in Alberta, 25 cents in Saskatchewan and 15 cents in Manitoba.

Prairie Ag Hotwire reported current feed wheat prices at $5.30-$6.60/bu. delivered in Alberta. Next door in Saskatchewan, prices were $5.30-$5.75 and in Manitoba, $5.35-$5.50.

— Glen Hallick reports for MarketsFarm from Winnipeg.

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