Cattle Current Daily—May 29, 2018

Cattle Current Daily—May 29, 2018

Surging grain futures prices helped pressure Feeder Cattle futures to start the week. That helped cap early support in Live Cattle. Lower outside markets, a sharp decline in Lean Hog futures and more cool, wet weather that could continue to dampen summer grilling demand also weighed.

Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from an average of 25¢ lower to an average of 21¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.17 lower.

Wholesale beef values were higher on moderate to good demand and moderate offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.65 higher Tuesday afternoon at $223.29/cwt. Select was $1.98 higher at $210.45.

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Grain futures closed sharply higher Tuesday, buoyed by ongoing planting and development delays, as illustrated in the most recent USDA Crop Progress report.

For instance, 58% of corn was planted as of May 26, which was 32% less than last year and 32% less than the 5-year average. 32% is emerged, which is 37% less than last year and 37% less than average.

Progress is even more bearish in some key states, compared to average: Planting is 60% behind average in Illinois; 63% behind in Indiana; 20% behind in Iowa; 27% off the pace in Minnesota and 13% less than average in Nebraska.

Likewise, 29% of soybeans are in the ground, compared to 74% for the previous year and 66% for the average. 11% are emerged, which was 33% less than last year and 24% less than average.

Progress is even more bearish in some key states, compared to average: Illinois (-60%);  Indiana (-63%); Iowa (-20%); Minnesota (-27%); Nebraska (-13%).

Corn futures closed mostly 17¢ higher through Jul ‘20 and then 2¢ to 6¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 23¢ to 26¢ higher through Sep ‘20 and then mostly 17¢ to 22¢ higher.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed lower Tuesday, pressured by declining yield on the 10-year Treasury note and bank stocks.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 237 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 23 points lower. The NASDAQ was down 29 points.

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“Both Live and Feeder cattle are likely due to a correction (technical) following the rapid move at the end of April and the stalling of that move in May. The recent Cattle on Feed report may be the catalyst to start the correction,” says Stephen Koontz, agricultural economist at Colorado State University, in the most recent issue of In the Cattle Markets. “Feedlots marketing aggressively and did not place as strongly as expected during April.”

Along with April placements being less than the trade anticipated, Koontz points out, “Cattle on feed over 90 days declined very slightly and cattle on feed over 120 days are down sharply—over 200,000 head. Cattle on feed over 120 days start to decline seasonally during May; this was seen, but more sharply than typical.”

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