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The Trend Trader helps to identify the current trend status of your favorite futures markets. It not only helps us to stay on the right side of market direction, but also helps us avoid those without a trend. You can even use the grid as a spread matrix too - buying strength and selling weakness.... (full story)

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its April 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining […] (full story)

Summary Two rapidly-moving strong storm systems, one “bombing out” in the central Plains during mid-week while a second storm intensified over the middle Mississippi Valley during the weekend, brought severe […] (full story)

The 5-year average for rice planting progress is 34% at this point in the season, but we are only at 19% this year. It’s worth noting that we were at […] (full story)

Drought coverage continues to decrease across the Lower 48 states, after a relatively wet winter for many areas. CPC’s monthly and seasonal precipitation outlooks, valid for May and May-Jun-Jul (MJJ) […] (full story)

Every spring I post an article on this blog about early season thrips management in peanut. The most important difference between 2019 and the previous five years is probably the […] (full story)

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Eannello 240-423-4345 (Cell) ITC Report Underscores Importance of NAFTA and Passing USMCA for US Agriculture   Washington, D.C. (April 18, 2019) – Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)... (full story)

As marketing year (MY) 2018/19 draws to a close, customers of U.S. winter wheat are taking advantage of excellent buying opportunities on competitive pricing and high-quality, consistent supplies. Since the […] (full story)

A significant amount of seed planted this year will have been treated with one or more fungicide, insecticide, nematicide, or biological seed treatments. The following are some key precautions and […] (full story)

EURUSD tumbles on prices sell off as it look to extend more weakness. Support comes in at the 1.1200 where a violation will turn risk to the 1.1150 level. (full story)

Bulk Ocean Freight Rates Remain Relatively Low As of April 11, 2019, the rate for shipping a metric ton (mt) of grain from the U.S. Gulf to Japan was $42.00. […] (full story)

Good news for U.S. farmers who’ve seen milk prices languish because Icelandic yogurt uses more of their product than other kinds. (full story)

Cotton prices continue locked in their technical channel with new crop fighting to climb above 78 cents while the old crop July struggles to breech the 80 cent mark. July’s […] (full story)

Corn futures closed 3/4 lower to 1/2 cent higher, with the nearby contracts the firmest. USDA’s weekly Export Sales report showed sharply higher sales of 947,600 MT for old crop in the week ending April 11. New crop bookings were 18,400 MT. Tr... (full story)

Lean Hog futures turned cautious, with the exception of nearby May. May was up $1.27 broke the $90 mark. The CME Lean Hog Index was up 40 cents from the previous day @ $80.24 on April 16. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was $87.85 in the PM repor... (full story)

Cotton futures closed 61 to 80 points lower on Thursday. The markets will be closed on Friday. USDA reported old crop upland cotton export sales were down 25% from the previous week at 217,600 RB, with 20,600 RB booked for 2019/20. The Cotlook A In... (full story)

Soybean futures settled 1 to 1 3/4 cents higher on position squaring ahead of the 3-day holiday weekend. Meal futures were down $.70/ton but May soy oil was 34 points higher (worth almost 4 cents per bushel in product value). This morning’s wee... (full story)

Wheat futures came back from morning weakness but still closed mostly lower. The CHI futures were 2 to 4 cents lower. KC held up better, UNCH to lower. MPLS spring wheat was down 1 to 4 1/4, with selling concentrated in nearby May. The range of est... (full story)

Corn futures closed 3/4 lower to 1/2 cent higher, with the nearby contracts the firmest. USDA’s weekly Export Sales report showed sharply higher sales of 947,600 MT for old crop in the week ending April 11. New crop bookings were 18,400 MT. Tr... (full story)

Live cattle futures saw a $1.60 pop in nearby April futures, thanks to higher cash cattle trade. The rest of the contracts were 15 lower to 30 higher ahead of the monthly USDA Cattle on Feed report. Feeder cattle futures settled 25 to 95 cents higher... (full story)

A Kansas State University wheat expert says that yellowing in some Kansas wheat fields is not uncommon for this time of year, but growers should be aware of steps they […] (full story)

Brownfield’s Meghan Grebner will be on the ground in Kansas City, Missouri May 22 to 24 for the USMEF Spring Conference. Continue reading USMEF Spring Conference at Brownfield Ag News.           (full story)

The Missouri House has given approval to a bill that would prevent private companies from using eminent domain. The bill, HB 1062, sponsored by Rep. Jim Hansen, was written to head off construction of the Grain Belt Express power transmission... (full story)

Texas corn producers will have hybrids better suited to the state’s longer growing season and multiple stresses in the future after a Texas A&M AgriLife team from across the state […] (full story)

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association executive director Monte Shaw (l) and Iowa ag secretary Mike Naig discussed small refinery exemptions at a news conference Wednesday in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The head of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA)... (full story)

The 2017 Census of Agriculture shows nearly 78,000 farms in Ohio, up three percent from the last census in 2012. Ohio State Statistician Cheryl Turner says small farms saw the biggest increase. “The number of farms where it really increased is... (full story)

Wet weather continues to delay field work in parts of the Corn Belt. Jay Schutte was on the cusp of being able to begin field work until weather intervened. “We had about 4 inches of snow last Sunday and it’s really set us back some,” Schutte... (full story)

NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates Issue Joint Press Release Welcoming WTO Ruling on China and TRQs Today, April 18, 2018, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) issued a statement welcoming the ruling by a World... (full story)

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For Immediate Release: April 18, 2019 Contact: Steve Mercer, Vice President of Communications, U.S. Wheat Associates smercer@uswheat.org, (703) 650-0251 Caitlin Eanello, Director of Communications, National Association of Wheat Growers... (full story)

Aurora Organic Dairy opened its second processing plant this week in Columbia, Missouri. Construction began almost two years ago. The company, based in Boulder, Colorado has another processing facility in Platteville, Colorado, and eight farms in... (full story)

The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement would have a positive impact on the U.S. economy if it was fully implemented and enforced. The commission says provisions that reduce uncertainty about... (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures were mixed in light trade with support from this week’s higher cash trade.  And there was position squaring ahead of the long holiday weekend.  Feeder cattle futures closed higher with support... (full story)

Senior U.S. and Chinese officials are reportedly scheduling more face-to-face trade talks in an effort to finalize a deal by early May. Bloomberg reports U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to... (full story)

Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying, rallying slightly after a mostly weak start to the day. Contracts saw a bounce off the multi-month lows, but continue to watch harvest progress in South America, expecting large... (full story)

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined a 17-state coalition this week urging the Trump administration to adopt its proposed replacement of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “What we’re really doing is advocating for some balance... (full story)

You’ve likely heard the phrase from our title, an optimistic one that suggests somebody benefits (accidentally or otherwise) from negative events. The line is credited to John Heywood back in 1546, but the idea has been in circulation a lot longer... (full story)

Our weekly column looks at the markets ahead of the Easter holiday: eggs, ham, cocoa, and gasoline. (full story)

The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the insurance holding company W.R.Berkley (WRB), I found the stock by sorting Barchart's New All Time Highlist first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then used the Flipchart fea... (full story)

Levels for April 22nd & Good Friday Trading Schedule (full story)

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile closed early for the week supported by strong exports. April Class III milk unchanged at $15.92.  May unchanged at $15.69.  June up seven cents at $15.95.  July up eight cents at $16.19. ... (full story)

A new report by USDA says farmers are continuing to earn less of what consumers spend on food while foodservice earns more. The Economic Research Services says the farm share of the food dollar dropped more than one percent in 2017 to 14.6 cents,... (full story)

May corn closed at $3.58 and 1/2, up 1/4 cent May soybeans closed at $8.80 and 1/2, up 1 and 1/2 cents May soybean meal closed at $303.20, down 70 cents May soybean oil closed at 28.80, up 34 points May wheat closed at $4.44 and 1/4, down 2 and 3/4... (full story)

The U.S. Dairy Export Council says total cheese exports in February were the second highest on record. Cheese exports were up 16 percent from 2018 to more than 32,000 tons, falling just short of the record set in March 2014.  Shipments were... (full story)

The USDA’s Cattle on Feed report shows the impact of weather on cattle marketings during March. The department says marketings were down 3% on the year at 1.777 million head, with adverse weather conditions in many of the major feeding... (full story)

Farmers interested in growing industrial hemp as part of a pilot program in Michigan this season will have four opportunities to sign up in April. Gina Alessandri with the Michigan Department of Agriculture tells Brownfield farmers have to be... (full story)

Cattle on Feed estimates for April 1, 2019, were 2% higher than the same month a year ago. (full story)

A cheesemaker says the down dairy economy is continuing to hurt farmers.  John Moran John Moran from Dairy State Cheese in Rudolph, Wisconsin says he sees the struggles with his milk suppliers first-hand “We’ve added some new... (full story)

The recent Census of Agriculture revealed many interesting trends in terms of farmer demographics. Once you dive deeper into the data it’s possible to unveil other interesting statistics. (full story)

The National Pork Board has launched a pilot program to test blockchain technology in the pork industry. Ripe Technology’s digital platform will allow producers to create shared records to address food issues like sustainability, traceability,... (full story)

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