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Frontrunner - 5th August 2022

One grain ship leaving a Ukrainian Black Sea port was sufficient for world wheat futures markets to come under notable selling pressure this week. US Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) wheat fell to a six-month low...


During current intense volatility, markets can move significantly - sometimes in a matter of minutes and outside regular hours. Our MyFarm platform is free to Frontier customers and offers 24-7 access to market information and live grain prices, as well as the option to sell grain at a time that's more convenient. Find out more: www.frontierag.co.uk/myfarminfo


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  • Frontrunner - 22nd September 2023

    12:41
    Despite UK wheat futures prices falling back from their recent highs earlier this week, weaker sterling is now edging them upwards although current values are only £10/t over the futures contract lows. Consumer demand has helped maintain domestic values, but UK feed wheat export prices remain at least £10/t above other origins irrespective of sterling’s fall. Therefore, feed wheat exports remain uncompetitive and aren’t attracting any fresh business. To date, UK wheat shipments into the EU amount to little a more than 90,000 tonnes and currently face stiff competition from Ukraine wheat. During current intense volatility, markets can move significantly - sometimes in a matter of minutes and outside regular hours. Our MyFarm platform is free to Frontier customers and offers 24-7 access to market information and live grain prices, as well as the option to sell grain at a time that's more convenient. Find out more: www.frontierag.co.uk/myfarminfoFor other topical updates and advice from our experts, subscribe to our blog: www.frontierag.co.uk/blog/subscribeFollow Frontier Agriculture on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FrontierA
  • Frontrunner - 15th September 2023

    11:21
    Last week’s trade ended quietly with all markets posting small losses at the close. The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE) was down £0.85/t, Marché à Terme International de France (MATIF) lost €1.50/t and the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) fell by $0.05/t. During current intense volatility, markets can move significantly - sometimes in a matter of minutes and outside regular hours. Our MyFarm platform is free to Frontier customers and offers 24-7 access to market information and live grain prices, as well as the option to sell grain at a time that's more convenient. Find out more: www.frontierag.co.uk/myfarminfoFor other topical updates and advice from our experts, subscribe to our blog: www.frontierag.co.uk/blog/subscribeFollow Frontier Agriculture on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FrontierA
  • Frontrunner - 8th September 2023

    15:14
    Russia continues to dominate world wheat export trade whilst the US and EU fall further behind, leaving falling prices. Leading analysts revised estimates and put the Russian wheat crop between 91 and 92 million tonnes, with exports for the season between 48.5 and 49.5 million tonnes. 20% or more of that export target has already been achieved during the first two months of the season, with 9.7 million tonnes reportedly shipped by the end of August at record pace. During current intense volatility, markets can move significantly - sometimes in a matter of minutes and outside regular hours. Our MyFarm platform is free to Frontier customers and offers 24-7 access to market information and live grain prices, as well as the option to sell grain at a time that's more convenient. Find out more: www.frontierag.co.uk/myfarminfoFor other topical updates and advice from our experts, subscribe to our blog: www.frontierag.co.uk/blog/subscribeFollow Frontier Agriculture on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FrontierAg
  • Frontrunner - 1st September 2023

    15:07
    With the Russian wheat harvest progressing further than expected, yields are leading more analysts to revise their crop estimates for Russia - the world's leading wheat exporter.Total production is now seen ranging between 91 and 92 million tonnes, therefore creating potential for a higher record export target of 49.5 million tonnes. The first two months got off to a racing start, with estimates of 9.5 million tonnes shipped during July and August. However, the government has since imposed an official floor price for new wheat tenders and this may result in a slowing of the current pace.During current intense volatility, markets can move significantly - sometimes in a matter of minutes and outside regular hours. Our MyFarm platform is free to Frontier customers and offers 24-7 access to market information and live grain prices, as well as the option to sell grain at a time that's more convenient. Find out more: www.frontierag.co.uk/myfarminfoFor other topical updates and advice from our experts, subscribe to our blog: www.frontierag.co.uk/blog/subscribeFollow Frontier Agriculture on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FrontierA
  • Frontrunner - 25th August 2023

    14:01
    Many UK farmers crossed the finish line this week, bringing a welcome end to one of the most challenging harvests for over a decade. Continued periods of rain delayed combining – a complete contrast to last year’s harvest where prolonged dryness allowed for the earliest and quickest harvest since 1976. During current intense volatility, markets can move significantly - sometimes in a matter of minutes and outside regular hours. Our MyFarm platform is free to Frontier customers and offers 24-7 access to market information and live grain prices, as well as the option to sell grain at a time that's more convenient. Find out more: www.frontierag.co.uk/myfarminfoFor other topical updates and advice from our experts, subscribe to our blog: www.frontierag.co.uk/blog/subscribeFollow Frontier Agriculture on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FrontierA
  • Frontrunner - 11th August 2023

    12:09
    The week started with a sharp rally for wheat futures prices following a weekend of military action between Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine seaborne drone attacks on Russian commercial shipping, including a tanker near the Crimean, caused renewed wheat supply fears. Russia is currently shipping between 3.5 to 4.5 million tonnes of wheat each month, with approximately 70% of this total coming from its Black Sea ports. Any tangible disruption to sea freight will have a positive impact on prices, especially if importers are forced to seek supplies from alternative sources such as the EU or the US.During current intense volatility, markets can move significantly - sometimes in a matter of minutes and outside regular hours. Our MyFarm platform is free to Frontier customers and offers 24-7 access to market information and live grain prices, as well as the option to sell grain at a time that's more convenient. Find out more: www.frontierag.co.uk/myfarminfoFor other topical updates and advice from our experts, subscribe to our blog: www.frontierag.co.uk/blog/subscribeFollow Frontier Agriculture on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FrontierA
  • Frontrunner - 4th August 2023

    13:38
    Wheat futures prices continued to fall this week, dampening any signs of trade activity much like the UK weather is doing for harvest progress. Despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding Black Sea wheat supply, US Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) futures fell again on Thursday for the seventh consecutive trading day. This wiped out all the gains made since 17th July when Russia withdrew from the Black Sea export corridor deal with Ukraine. Russia has continued to launch drone strikes on the Ukrainian Black Sea Port of Odesa and River Danube grain loading terminals, Reni and Izmail. However, it would seem markets have become immune to any potential supply chain disruptions this might create, with the EU also stating it would fund an initiative to create export lanes for Ukrainian grain through EU member states to ensure a continued flow to the nations which need it.During current intense volatility, markets can move significantly - sometimes in a matter of minutes and outside regular hours. Our MyFarm platform is free to Frontier customers and offers 24-7 access to market information and live grain prices, as well as the option to sell grain at a time that's more convenient. Find out more: www.frontierag.co.uk/myfarminfoFor other topical updates and advice from our experts, subscribe to our blog: www.frontierag.co.uk/blog/subscribeFollow Frontier Agriculture on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FrontierA
  • Frontrunner - 28th July 2023

    13:58
    This week, US wheat futures markets rallied to briefly touch their highest level since late February this year in what has been a notably volatile period of trade. On Monday, aggressive fund short covering took prices to their daily trading limit of 60 cents up - the equivalent of a 9% price gain. The primary trigger for the gains was the Russian military attacks on Ukrainian grain loading terminals on the River Danube. This river has proven an effective export route for Ukraine wheat and other grains since the Russian invasion in February last year. However, coupled with the attacks on the Black Sea port of Odessa, it seems that Russia is intent on preventing any Ukraine access to world markets. Wheat prices subsequently eased through the week when the EU said it would fund Ukrainian grain transit costs through EU member states to help maintain Ukraine exports, and Russia said it would provide free grain for six African nations to ensure they are not left short.During current intense volatility, markets can move significantly - sometimes in a matter of minutes and outside regular hours. Our MyFarm platform is free to Frontier customers and offers 24-7 access to market information and live grain prices, as well as the option to sell grain at a time that's more convenient. Find out more: www.frontierag.co.uk/myfarminfoFor other topical updates and advice from our experts, subscribe to our blog: www.frontierag.co.uk/blog/subscribeFollow Frontier Agriculture on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FrontierA
  • Frontrunner - 21st July 2023

    12:47
    Events unfolding because of the Russia/Ukraine conflict have once again had a major impact on world wheat prices this week. Following months of threats, Russia chose to halt its engagement with the UN-brokered Black Sea wheat export deal on Monday, which previously allowed vessels to safely collect wheat and other grains from selected Ukraine Black Sea ports. Since its inception a year ago, the deal has seen almost 33 million tonnes of grains and oilseeds shipped around the world, helping to supply some of the poorest nations. During current intense volatility, markets can move significantly - sometimes in a matter of minutes and outside regular hours. Our MyFarm platform is free to Frontier customers and offers 24-7 access to market information and live grain prices, as well as the option to sell grain at a time that's more convenient. Find out more: www.frontierag.co.uk/myfarminfoFor other topical updates and advice from our experts, subscribe to our blog: www.frontierag.co.uk/blog/subscribeFollow Frontier Agriculture on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FrontierA