Agriculture • Dryness concerns send wheat price soaring 6%
Dryness concerns send wheat price soaring 6%
Wheat prices soared 6% in Chicago to their highest since September, and in Paris to its highest for nearly a year, amid continued concerns over the dry weather threatening a range of producing countries.
Chicago’s July wheat contract came within 3 cents of regaining $7 a bushel before easing to end at $6.95 ¼, up 5.7% on the day and 17% for the week, its strongest weekly gain since the 1990s.
Kansas hard red winter wheat soared 4.8%, while Minneapolis spring wheat closed up 3.2%.
In Paris, the benchmark November contact closed 4.0% higher at E215.25 a tonne, the contract’s highest close since June, while London wheat gained 3.3% to £158.80 a tonne.
The rises came amid continued concerns for crops in major producing countries facing a lack of rain.
Wheat prices of close on Friday
Chicago: $6.95 ¼ a bushel, +5.7%
Kansas: $7.05 a bushel, +4.9%
Paris: E215.25 a tonne, +4.0%
Minneapolis: $7.92 a bushel, +3.2%
London: £158.80 +3.3%
Prices for July contract on US exchanges, and November lot in Europe
US Commodities, saying it was "mildly concerned", clocked fears dryness in the US southern Plains, Europe, Russia, and northern China, along with parts of the north west US Corn Belt and Canadian Prairies".
The broker added: "Remember it was the hot and dry weather in 2010 that eventually caused the worst drought in 100 years in Russia and the start of the two-year bull market [in grains].
In Russia, Alexander Tkachev, regional governor for the southern Russian region of Krasnodar, has estimated that the dryness may cut dryness by 27%.
‘Little opportunity for relief’
In the US, while major winter wheat production losses to dry weather look unlikely so late in the season, with harvest already under way in southern areas, the dryness has scotched hopes of near-record yields.
In Oklahoma , Jeff Edwards wheat specialist at Oklahoma State University Extension, estimated the state’s average yield coming in at 36 bushels an acre, compared with a figure above 40 bushels an acre it would have achieved with more benign late conditions.
And forecasts show that crops yet to be harvested look unlikely to receive rain refreshment
"Little opportunity for relief is offered to the southern Plains and southern portions of the Midwest for the next week to 10 days," Benson Quinn Commodities said.
"Rain events are expected to be confined to northern regions of the US."
Statistics: Posted by yoda — Fri May 18, 2012 9:05 pm
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