Corn futures surged mostly 9¢ to 13¢ higher Friday, fueled by significantly lower yield estimates by the Pro Farmer Tour, compared to USDA’s most recent forecast. Soybean futures closed mostly 20¢ to 30¢ higher.
Resurgent Corn futures pressured Feeder Cattle an average of $1.63 lower, except for 67¢ higher in the newly minted back contract.
Generally softer cash trade pressured Live Cattle futures an average of 55¢ lower.
Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on light demand through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were a few live trades in the western Corn Belt at $147/cwt., but too few to trend.
For the week, live prices were steady to $1 higher in the Southern Plains at $142/cwt., generally steady to $1 lower in Nebraska at $145-$148 and $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $146-$148. Dressed prices in Nebraska were $1-$2 lower at $232-$233. Dressed prices in the western Corn Belt the previous week were $234.
Through Thursday, the five-area direct average fed steer price was $2.22 lower on a live basis at $144.54. The average steer price in the beef was $1.15 lower at $232.88.
Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 78¢ lower Friday afternoon at $262.76/cwt. Select was $1.22 higher at $238.76/cwt.
Total estimated cattle slaughter last week was 17,000 head more than the previous week at 678,000 head. Year-to-date estimated total cattle slaughter of 22.1 million head was 262,000 head more (+1.2%) than the same time last year. Estimated year-to-date beef production of 18.2 billion lbs. was 175.3 million lbs. more (+0.97%) than the prior year.