Spring Wheat Futures

Agrimoney.com  May 9  Comment 
Dryness, which helped speed US and Canadian spring wheat sowings, is poised to stay around. But some Midwest areas face more rain
Agrimoney.com  Apr 27  Comment 
Hard red spring wheat leads futures higher, in a market that is getting some bullish impetus from soothing sounds on US trade relations
Agrimoney.com  Apr 25  Comment 
US corn planting are expected grind to a halt when rain hits the Midwest this week, while the fund sell-off in robusta continues
Agrimoney.com  Apr 21  Comment 
Spring wheat and canola sowings are seen rising faster than expected, according to Canadian government data
Agrimoney.com  Apr 5  Comment 
Hard red winter wheat futures prove especially firm, amid ideas that their discount had gone too far - especially vs spring wheat. Soybeans revive too
Agrimoney.com  Mar 17  Comment 
... which has outperformed, helped by worries of too much rain, as opposed to the dryness supporting winter wheat. Can corn rise for a fourth session?
Agrimoney.com  Feb 21  Comment 
The ministry sees spring wheat plantings rising slower than thought, as price expectations fade, while canola stocks are tighter than thought
Agrimoney.com  Feb 7  Comment 
... but investors appear less worried, allowing winter crop prices to fall. Spring wheat fares better, amid a fight for acres. Cotton futures revive
Agrimoney.com  Jan 20  Comment 
Winter wheat futures tumble, as IGC data show ample world supplies - but spring wheat's higher protein helps it buck the trend. Soy trims gains
Agrimoney.com  Dec 1  Comment 
The premium of Minneapolis spring wheat to Chicago winter crop is up 40% in six sessions, as storms hit the US. Corn gets, a little, help from oil


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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