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Corn, soybeans, and wheat all started today’s session high, but struggled to gain upside momentum as fresh buying did not surface. This was most surprising in corn as a large flash sale of 567,000 metric tons to China was announced. While positive,... (full story)


China continues to struggle with African swine fever in its hog herds.  The Chinese government recently confirmed two new cases of ASF in the Gansu province in northern China. Several other cases have been reported over the past month. INTL... (full story)


Agriculture in the Classroom programs are adapting to the COVID-19 outbreak. Courtney Schaardt with Nebraska Ag in the Classroom (AITC) says they’re offering more virtual at-home learning resources for teachers, students and parents. “We know... (full story)


An ag economist says while ag retailers are well-positioned to meet their customer’s needs, the elephant in the room is the coronavirus outbreak and how it could derail input supply chains. Ken Zuckerberg is lead grain and farm supply economist... (full story)


What do chess and the epidemic have in common? What is the difference between linear and exponential growth? Should we really worry about this pandemic? And last but not least, how will the COVID-19 crisis affect the gold prices? We invite you thus to read our todays article and find out... (full story)


Two important things happened yesterday. And no, the ridiculous rally in crude oil wasnt one of them. Yes, it was ridiculous, because it was clearly based on just one indication from Trump that was not backed by anything, and in the crude oil market, it is rather common to hear about the... (full story)


The gold futures contract has gained 2.91% on Thursday. It retraced some of the recent decline, as the price got back above $1,600 mark again. The yellow metal continues to fluctuate following last weeks Mondays Tuesdays rally. On Tuesday, gold was declining following news about Russias... (full story)


The markets were chaotic again this week. Joe does hit best to breakdown the situation. Jobless claims spiked to a record high as coronvirus halts economic activity in the United States. Energy prices have fallen sharply amid reduced demand and... (full story)


Farmers might decide to hold onto grain longer than originally planned as markets respond negatively to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bill Donovan, a deputy regional administrator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), says he’s... (full story)


Direct cash cattle trade activity has been quiet.  Zero bids have surfaced since the very, very light trade that took place on Wednesday.  Asking prices are around $112 to $115 live in the South and $183 plus dressed in the North.  Deals earlier in... (full story)


House Agriculture Committee chairman Collin Peterson is confident the Small Business Administration will let farms participate in the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The Minnesota Democrat says he’s been working with Ag Secretary Perdue to... (full story)


Corn futures are down by as much as 5 1/4 cents in the front months. Private exporters reported a sale 567,000 MT of corn to China. Delivery for the sale is spilt with 504,000 MT for 2020/21 delivery and the remaining 69,000 for old crop. Census data... (full story)


Corn futures are down by as much as 5 1/4 cents in the front months. Private exporters reported a sale 567,000 MT of corn to China. Delivery for the sale is spilt with 504,000 MT for 2020/21 delivery and the remaining 69,000 for old crop. Census data... (full story)


Cotton is up 68 to 96 points on Friday trading so far. The dollar is stronger, and equity futures are modestly lower. Census data for February cotton exports totaled 1.97 million (480-lb) bales. That was 32.7% above Feb ’19. USDA’s GAIN report re... (full story)


After closing 5 to 11 cents lower on Thursday, wheat is trading 5 to 6 cents higher so far on Friday. SRW wheat futures are 6 1/2 cents higher in May, with May KC wheat back up by 6 3/4 cents. May Spring wheat futures are 5 1/4 cents higher. Weekly w... (full story)


After falling by the expanded limits on Thursday, the front month futures are down another $0.45 to $3.87. April options expire today, with a huge range of pin candidates in play. Feeder futures are down another $1.95 to $2.62 at midday. The April 1 ... (full story)


Midday trading in the soy market has May beans 7 1/2 cents lower, while the other front months are trading with 4 to 6 1/2 cent losses. Soymeal futures are down by $8.50/ton in May. Bean oil futures are up by 20 points. NASS revised February soybean ... (full story)


Lean hog futures continue to fall, with the Jun contracts already at the expanded limit threshold. April is $2.65 lower so far. The April 1 CME Lean Hog Index was another $1.38 lower to $63.08, nearly $20 premium to April futures with just 10 trade s... (full story)


(Reuters) - The U.S. biofuel industry has asked the Trump administration for funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation to help it survive a demand slump triggered by the coronavirus outbreak, according to a letter... (full story)


FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas is reassuring Americans that the food supply remains safe. Yiannas says there are no nation-wide shortages of food and there is no evidence linking food or food packing to the transmission of the... (full story)


Indiana State FFA Officers are adjusting to a new normal after chapter banquets, district conventions, spring career development events were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The seven state officers typically live and work together... (full story)


It would be tough to find a 24-month period during which the federal government shoveled as much financial aid and comfort to agriculture as 2018-2020.  The last two years or so have seen the perfect storm of trade wars, the COVID 19 pandemic, both... (full story)


CORN Corn futures are lower again today after a slight jump to start the morning. May corn is down 0.025 to 3.31, July is down 0.0175 to 3.3675 and Dec is up 0.0025 to 3.50. Prices benefited from some early optimism that next week’s emergency OPEC... (full story)


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Pardon my French but, “Quand les cochons volent.”  No, those are not a string of foul words that would have gotten my mouth washed out with soap by mother, but translated to English would mean, “when pigs fly.”  Literally, this is what is happening... (full story)


The USDA has extended annual report filings under the Packers and Stockyards program to July 15th, in-line with actions taken under other parts of the federal government as the spread of COVID-19 continues to impact daily life across America. To... (full story)


We kickoff the day with the Unemployment number which is already taking a toll on the Stock market early. And I look away 5 minutes [...] (full story)


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WHEAT: General Comments: Wheat markets were lower on mostly fund selling tied to news that Russia would offer Wheat into the local market from [...] (full story)


COTTON General Comments Cotton was higher as the world stock markets and petroleum markets rallied. News that President Trump said he had brokered a [...] (full story)


“Culling should be based on economics—what is better for the current and long-term profitability of the herd and not on some predetermined benchmark of what culling should be,” says Mike Overton, a dairy analytics advisor with Elanco Animal Health. ... (full story)


Stock index futures are higher now than they were when the weaker than expected U.S. employment numbers were released. (full story)


The destruction of markets and prices due to the impacts of the coronavirus are unprecedented. In 40 years as an economist and analyst—30 years of that in cotton, I’ve not […] (full story)


This year let’s all toss out planting windows for corn. Farmers should be focused on when soil conditions are prime to plant. Soil temperatures need to be on the rise; […] (full story)


Traders anxious ahead of US NFP print that wont fully capture extent of March job losses. Consensus expecting -100k headline, +3.8% for the unemployment rate, +0.2% MoM wage growth. Final March Services PMIs out of Europe miss expectations. Australian Retail Sales... (full story)


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Bulls fade this week to suggest more price pressure in near term. (full story)


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BASF has introduced a new initiative that focuses on the agronomic fit and not bundles and rebates. On today’s Rewards Beyond Rebates Radio Road Show, Robbie Upton with BASF Solutions explains as growers put the final touches on their plans for the... (full story)


Will the U.S. collude with OPEC plus Russia to try to save the global oil industry? Global oil prices exploded by 25%, the biggest percentage gain [...] (full story)


Don’t ignore the threat of Palmer amaranth. If there’s one message Dan Forgey hopes to convey to South Dakota farmers and ranchers, it is the fact that this aggressive weed […] (full story)


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After closing lower on Thursday, wheat is trading 5 to 10 cents higher this morning. KC wheat was the weakest on Thursday, losing 11 cents. May SRW wheat closed 8 1/2 cents lower. MPLS May futures were down by 5 1/2 cents at the close. Wheat export b... (full story)


Lean hog futures maintain the expanded limits of $4.50 for Friday, after closing limit down yesterday. The March 31 CME Lean Hog Index was 69 cents lower to $64.46. The 04/02 National Average Afternoon Base Hog price was $44.61, which was $3.76 lower... (full story)


Overnight trading has May beans UNCH, but other contracts are as much as 2 cents higher this morning. Bean futures closed with losses of as much as 4 cents on Thursday. Open interest is rising, with new money coming into the market after the first of... (full story)


Cotton is trading 63 to 73 points higher this morning after also having closed higher on Thursday. The dollar is stronger, and equity futures are modestly lower. Yesterday, May cotton was the strongest with a 158 point move; Oct and Dec gained 71 poi... (full story)


Corn futures are 2 to 4 cents higher to start the Friday session, thanks to a little pre-weekend profit taking. The front months May and July ended lower yesterday, while Sept and Dec futures were higher. Weekly corn export sales totaled 1.075 MMT. E... (full story)


Corn futures are 2 to 4 cents higher to start the Friday session, thanks to a little pre-weekend profit taking. The front months May and July ended lower yesterday, while Sept and Dec futures were higher. Weekly corn export sales totaled 1.075 MMT. E... (full story)


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