Feed report: 25 November 2021

Thursday, 25 November 2021

By Vikki Campbell

Grains

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Both ex-farm feed wheat and barley continued their climb over the past month. Prices have been supported by both global and domestic factors.

The global tightness in wheat markets continues. The latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) further trimmed global wheat ending stocks, beyond what the trade had been expecting. Further support has been added to wheat markets recently, with rising Russian export taxes on the horizon, coupled with harvest rain in Australia and flood disruptions to Canadian exports. With global wheat fundamentals so tight this season, price support could well remain until the 2022 crop comes on line.

Globally, maize prices have softened slightly of late, although a floor has been placed on this movement in the face of continuing strong demand. To date, reasonable growing conditions in Argentina, coupled with Brazil still looking to plant a timely safrinha crop should the soyabean harvest complete in a timely fashion, as currently in place to do, have limited gains. However, with a moderate La Nina now active over South America, any changes to weather will be closely monitored.

Closer to home, the support to domestic prices offered by the global strength has been exacerbated by logistical issues. Muted farmer selling, combined with many struggling to get “wheels” under their grain, has seen delivered premiums stretch this season. This is particularly notable the further away from port the destination e.g. the North West. With supply chain concerns looking set to continue at least until Christmas, it would be surprising to see a significant softening of grain prices in the coming weeks.

Proteins

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Paris rapeseed futures have been continuing their climb over the past month, with little in the short term to infer any reduction in the tight supply situation. Australia may offer the market a breath when it’s canola crop comes on line. Current crop conditions are reportedly better than last year, and Australian authorities are currently forecasting a 5Mt+ canola crop.

Meanwhile, soyabeans have been largely trading in a range over the past month. With Chinese buying off the forecast pace and good planting and growing conditions in South America largely the norm, some of the heat has been taken out of prices. However, should there be a weather event or Chinese buying pick up speed, we may see further price support.

On a domestic front, rapeseed prices have continued to increase. Buoyed by rising global veg oil prices, a lack of liquidity on the home market and logistical challenges, delivered rapeseed (Erith) for Dec-21 reached £580.50/t on 18 November.

Currency

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Sterling continued to strengthen against the Euro this month, with strong UK economic data pointing to a potential interest rate hike in the near future. While Europe is also seeing rising inflation, the coronavirus outbreak is the largest threat, with more governments moving towards lockdowns.

Both dollar and sterling markets were taking in the raft of change proposed and inferred to monetary policy amid high inflation rates. However, this week the dollar has weakened slightly, as is often true on the run in to Thanksgiving

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Vikki Campbell

Arable Market Specialist Manager

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