Although too few to trend, there were a few early negotiated cash fed cattle sales in the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday at $95/cwt. on a live basis, and a few in Kansas at $94-$95. There were also a few dressed trades in Nebraska at mostly $157-$160 and a few in the western Corn Belt at $160 (a few live sales at $100).
Cattle futures paused the recent rally, giving back a minority of gains.
Except for 25¢ higher in near Oct and 2¢ higher at the back, Live Cattle futures closed an average of 37¢ lower.
Except for 5¢ higher in Apr, Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 60¢ lower (25¢ lower at the back to $1.22 lower in spot Aug).
Choice boxed beef cutout value was 16¢ lower Tuesday afternoon at $205.30/cwt. Select was 13¢ lower at $196.84.
Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ lower through Jul ’21 and then mostly fractionally lower.
Soybean futures closed 1¢ to 3¢ lower through Nov ’21 and then fractionally lower to 1¢ higher.
Major U.S. financial indices closed lower Tuesday, with most pressure apparently tied to surging coronavirus cases in the U.S.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 396 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 34 points lower. The NASDAQ closed 89 points lower.
Agricultural producer sentiment improved in June for the second month in a row, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index was up 14 points from May to a reading of 117.
The Index of Current Conditions rose 19% from May to a reading of 99, and the Index of Future Expectations climbed 12% from May to a reading of 126.
The Ag Economy Barometer is based on responses from 400 U.S. agricultural producers. The most recent survey was conducted June 22-26.
“This month’s survey was conducted after the USDA announced details regarding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP),” says James Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. “A more favorable spring planting season combined with assistance from CFAP helps explain this month’s improvement in farmer sentiment, yet a majority of producers believe additional economic assistance will be needed in 2020.”
The majority of producers (60%) indicated that CFAP somewhat (53%) or completely (7%) relieved their concerns about the impact of the virus on their 2020 farm income. However, 64% of respondents indicated that they think it will be necessary for Congress to pass another bill to provide more economic assistance to U.S. farmers.