Spring Wheat Futures

Agrimoney.com  Sep 9  Comment 
Drier weather speeds US spring wheat harvesting but fails to stem a drop in condition. Still, moisture bodes well for winter crop sowings
Agrimoney.com  Sep 5  Comment 
US Wheat Associates warns of talk of a drop in US spring wheat quality, amid a rain-beset harvest. There are some concerns in Canada too
Agrimoney.com  Aug 19  Comment 
Rains forecast for the northern US should underpin strong soybean yield expectations. But for wheat, they mean harvest delays and raised disease fears
Agrimoney.com  Jun 7  Comment 
Farmers in Canada's top grain province, Saskatchewan, exceed the typical pace in spring seedings - with what wheat has emerged in strong health
Commodity Online  May 20  Comment 
Last week had seen US southeastern plains receiving ample rains, but the far Northern Plains received only light showers.
Agrimoney.com  Apr 15  Comment 
Wheat prices fall more than 3% in Chicago, as forecasters cut the chance of further frost damage to US crops. However, risks to spring wheat remain
Reuters  Oct 18  Comment 
* MGEX to be last privately held U.S. agricultural exchange
Agrimoney.com  Aug 24  Comment 
The Russian farm operator flags the "rising risk" of export levies, and poor winter wheat yields, but touts promising spring wheat and rapeseed crops
Mondo Visione  May 1  Comment 
MGEX, a Designated Contract Market and Derivatives Clearing Organization, today announced monthly futures volume of its flagship Hard Red Spring Wheat (HRSW) contract increased 40 percent in April when compared to the previous month. The...
Agrimoney.com  Mar 21  Comment 
Coffee and soybeans have enough to see off more fund selling. But with growing ideas on US corn acres, and farmers already sowing spring wheat...


This article is about a specific futures contract. For wheat prices in general, see the article on Wheat Prices.

Spring Wheat Futures (alternately "Hard Red Spring Wheat Futures," "HRS Wheat Futures," "Minneapolis Wheat Futures," or "MGEX Wheat Futures") are traded on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX) under ticker symbol MW in cents per bushel.[1] For electronic trading sessions, the symbol MWE is used.[1] It should be noted, however, that currently, futures contracts are traded exclusively electronically (e.g. open outrcy on the trading floor has ceased for futures contracts) and, as such, the traditional symbol "MW" is typically used as the exclusive symbol for the futures contract during normal trading hours, with MWE or ME used to denote other, expressly electronic trading.[1][2]

The chart at left displays the front-month Spring Wheat prices on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX) in cents per bushel.

Delivery Dates

Spring Wheat futures contracts are delivered every year in March, May, July, September, and December.[1]

The following is a table with wheat futures delivery dates and resultant tickers for 2009. For an explanation on commodity tickers see commodity ticker construction.

Delivery Month Full Ticker Symbol Thomson-Reuters Symbol
March, 2009MWH9MW/H9-MG
May, 2009MWK9MW/K9-MG
July, 2009MWN9MW/N9-MG
September, 2009MWU9MW/U9-MG
December, 2009MWZ9MW/Z9-MG

Contract Specifications

Contract Size

One spring wheat futures contract on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX) is 5,000 bushels.[1]

Daily Price Limit

The daily price limit for spring wheat futures contracts on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX) is $.60 per bushel ($3000 per contract) above or below the previous day's settlement price for every other month.[1] During the spot month, the limit restriction is lifted.[1]

Last Trading Day

Trading of spring wheat futures contracts on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX) ends on the business day prior to the fifteenth calendar day of the contract month.[1]

Deliverable Grades

Deliverable wheat grades for spring wheat futures contracts on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX) are No. 2 (or better) Northern Spring Wheat with a protein content of 13.5% or higher. Wheat with 13% protein count is deliverable at an unspecified discount.[1]

MGEX Wheat, CBOT Wheat, and KCBT Wheat

Spring Wheat traded on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX) is a lesser benchmark for wheat prices in general. More generally, wheat futures traded on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and the Kansas City Board of Trade (KCBT) are used as benchmarks for wheat prices in general. Spring Wheat futures contracts are the third most traded by volume behind CBOT Wheat and Kansas City Wheat Futures, which have the highest and second highest volume, respectively, of domestic wheat futures.[2]

Generally speaking, the term "wheat futures" refers to wheat futures traded on the CBOT while wheat futures traded on the KCBT are specified to be "KCBT Wheat," "KC Wheat," or "Kansas City Wheat" and Spring Wheat futures are specified to be either "Spring Wheat," "Hard Red Spring Wheat" or "Minneapolis Wheat".

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 The Minneapolis Grain Exchange's contract specifications for Hard Red Spring Wheat futures
  2. 2.0 2.1 Barchart.com's coverage of futures contracts
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