[Mon]: Cattle feeding operations were returning to more normalized operations with steam flaking returning to many operations where gas supplies had been curtailed, according to The Cattle Report. Burst pipes were being restored and for the most part, cattle were receiving feed and water as needed. Cattle calls are steady to lower for today. Friday抯 Cattle on Feed report was released after the close with the results largely within expectations, said Matthew Strelow of Total Farm Marketing?[Fri]: Afternoon National Slaughter Cattle Review / Boxed beef cutout values this afternoon were higher? In negotiated cash sales in Nebraska, the USDA reported 4,331 head sold live at $114, with 1,568 sold dressed, $180-181. In Iowa/Minnesota, 2,378 head were sold live at $112-117, and 3,396 head were sold dressed at $180-182?Today抯 cattle on feed report 搘as a bit negative,?Ami Heesch of CHS Hedging said. Placements were marked at 103%, above expectations, and marketings were below expectations at 94%...

 

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Mon 2/22/2021 8:14 AM

 

Cattle - Cattle feeding operations were returning to more normalized operations with steam flaking returning to many operations where gas supplies had been curtailed, according to The Cattle Report. Burst pipes were being restored and for the most part, cattle were receiving feed and water as needed.

 

Cattle calls are steady to lower for today. Friday抯 Cattle on Feed report was released after the close with the results largely within expectations, said Matthew Strelow of Total Farm Marketing. Export sales last week were decent with Net sales of 22,900 million metric tons. Top buyers were South Korea with 9,600 tons and Japan with 3,500 tons.

 

Slaughter to increase as weather improves

 

The worst of the winter weather should be in the rearview, so the slaughter pace should begin to pick up this week, said Matthew Strelow of Total Farm Marketing.

 

China抯 agriculture minister reported that hog inventories were expected to return to the 2017 levels by June of this year, said Michaela White of CHS Hedging.

 

China to focus on increased yields

 

A Chinese state-run news agency reported that China抯 揘o. 1 document?will focus on creating greater food security for the country, and also called for all provinces to improve grain yields, said Michaela White of CHS Hedging.

 

Argentina will be very warm to hot and experience net drying conditions in many areas during the coming 10 days after a few early week thunderstorms, said Steve Freed of ADM Investor Services. Brazil抯 bottom line is mostly good for southern Brazil with infrequent rainfall occurring in the next ten days to support the maturation and harvest of soybeans as well as the planting of Safrinha crops. Northern Brazil will continue fighting a wetter bias that will result in slow soybean harvest and Safrinha planting rates and could raise a little crop quality issue in a few areas.

 

Fri 2/19/2021 4:33 PM

 

Boxed beef cutout values this afternoon were higher on Choice and Select, USDA said.

 

Choice rose 38 cents to $239.23/cwt.

Select went up 43 cents to $227.90.

 

In negotiated cash sales in Nebraska, the USDA reported 4,331 head sold live at $114, with 1,568 sold dressed, $180-181. In Iowa/Minnesota, 2,378 head were sold live at $112-117, and 3,396 head were sold dressed at $180-182.

 

April cattle is still overbought, William Moore of Price Futures Group said, noting that the 揷old weather premium is not totally justified.?However, as restaurants start to open up, he expects a resumption of the up trend next week.

 

The recent pull back is healthy, according to Oliver Sloup of Blue Line Futures said. 揥e want to see a market that stair-steps higher and that makes for a longer-term bullish trend,?he said. 揟he path of least resistance remains higher.?/p>

 

Cattle on feed bearish for markets

 

Despite higher closes, today抯 cattle session traded within Thursday抯 range which indicates some short covering, The Hightower Report said.

 

Today抯 cattle on feed report 搘as a bit negative,?Ami Heesch of CHS Hedging said. Placements were marked at 103%, above expectations, and marketings were below expectations at 94%.

 

Lean hogs saw some initial strength today, also sparked by some short covering, The Hightower Report said. However, the commodity closed lower, as exports for the week were lower than last week at 33,279 tonnes. That is the lowest mark since early January, they noted.

 

Profit-takers emerge to close week

 

Profit taking hit the markets to end the week, as corn and beans were pilfered throughout the day. Soybeans were able to withstand some pressure for a higher close, however, Ami Heesch of CHS Hedging said.

 

Energy markets are weaker as markets start to open up after the winter storm that blew through the south, Heesch said, noting that Wall Street was quiet today.

 

Corn

 

Much of the attention of traders will move to the May contract for corn, as March options expire, Oliver Sloup of Blue Line Futures said. He said $5.52-$5.56 is the pocket to watch, as failure to reach those levels may bring some liquidation.

 

揗arch Option expiration and slow liquidation of large open interest may have weighed on nearby futures,?ADM Investor Services said. 揟here was talk of Managed funds buying corn and soybeans due to concern over South America weather.?/p>

 

Soybeans

 

Oliver Sloup of Blue Line Futures said much of the trade is focused on money flow and South America, which is behind pace in their harvest. 揜ight now, we are range bound, but if we get out on either side of support or resistance, there抯 40 cents to go.?/p>

 

Despite near-record estimations for yield and acres in the Ag Forum this week, the numbers were lower than expected for soybeans which helped keep support in the market, ADM Investor Services said. 揝ome feel U.S. 2020/21 carryout could be lower than 120. This puts a lot of pressure on a normal U.S. 2021 crop.?/p>

 

Wheat

 

揂 bout of profit-taking was noted in Chicago and KC from recent strength and easing concerns of crop damage to the winter wheat,?Ami Heesch of CHS Hedging said. 揟emperatures have improved this week and are expected to be significantly warmer over the weekend and next week.?/p>

 

Despite a drop today, wheat stil saw gains for the week and is seeing support from the Ag Forum yesterday, William Moore with Price Futures Group said. He noted that wheat carryout may drop from 836 mln bushels to 698 mln bushels.

 

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