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At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures closed mostly lower ahead of widespread direct cash business with pressure from the lack of strong wholesale demand and carry-over from the lean hog trade.  Feeder cattle futures closed... (full story)


Former USDA communications director Terri Moore will lead the American Farm Bureau Federation’s communications efforts. Moore, who served U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, is currently with the food and ag consulting firm Look East. Moore was... (full story)


A University of Missouri extension agronomist says with new guidelines on when to hay or graze prevent plant acres from the USDA a different approach might be needed. Rob Myers tells Brownfield if farmers plan to plant before the end of July they... (full story)


Below is a daily December Chicago wheat chart showing planetary angle lines. I used a price per degree of .465. On 8/2/18 the upper Jupiter crossed the chart at $6.12 and was key resistance. The lower Jupiter crosses at $4.54 and is key support. Jupiter to Jupiter selloffs sometimes lead to... (full story)


Photo courtesy Farmers National Nebraska’s corn crop is rated 77 percent good to excellent in the latest crop progress report. Soybeans are rated 75 percent good to excellent. Winter wheat is called 70 percent good to excellent with 94 percent of the... (full story)


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The condition of Iowa’s corn crop improved over the past week to 62 percent good to excellent. That’s up three points from last week. Iowa’s soybean crop rating also improved, up two points to 63 percent good to excellent. However, both crops... (full story)


Wisconsin farmers continued to battle cool weather but they made some planting progress.  USDA reporters say many farmers planted last week in areas previously too wet to enter.  Emerged crops were far behind in development and many showed... (full story)


The condition of the Minnesota corn crop improved slightly on the week but remains lower than normal. In its latest crop report, the USDA says 59 percent of corn is rated good to excellent. That number was 58 percent a week ago and in the upper 70’s... (full story)


Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, on behalf of Governor Parson, has requested a presidential disaster declaration for 41 Missouri counties hit by flooding, tornadoes and severe storms. More than 900 homes and more than 100 businesses have been... (full story)


A leader in ag tech innovation says when it comes to dairy, he sees the glass half-full. Aidan Connolly is the former chief innovation officer for Alltech and now serves as CEO of ag tech startup Cainthus. “I suppose whenever I see a half a... (full story)


A forage specialist says he’s concerned about forage quality and says it’s a good idea to have the crop tested. Keith Johnson with Purdue Extension says the weather challenges has likely compromised and deteriorated the energy and the protein values... (full story)


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Persistent rains that limited planting have also invigorated pastures. West-central Minnesota farmer Brady Wulf says they’re growing a crazy amount of grass right now. “What my dad likes to say is that if the crop farmer’s too wet, the... (full story)


The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the fuel cell company Hydrogenics(HYGS). I found the stock by using Barchart to sort it's 100 Top Stocks list first by the highest technical buy signals, then used the Flipchart feature to review the char... (full story)


The director of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, Rodney Weinzierl, will focus on tillage and nutrient loss at the Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Partnership risk management conference in Sycamore, IL.  Weinzierl says farmers are... (full story)


American Agri-Women has created a Farmer Stress and Resiliency project to help farmers cope with recent challenges facing agriculture. Heather Hampton-Knodle tells Brownfield there are free webinars and other resources available on their website. “We... (full story)


Soybeans were higher on short covering and technical buying. The trade was expecting mixed planting progress to be reported by the USDA after another wet weekend in many key growing areas and more on the way during the early part of the week. The... (full story)


Wet and cool conditions continued in Michigan last week. USDA says 91 percent of corn and 69 percent soybeans are now planted and well behind average. Dry beans are 31 percent planted, more than 50 percent behind last year. Oats are 95 percent... (full story)


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Continuous above average rainfall and below average temperatures have Illinois crop conditions trailing behind last year as planting is still underway. The USDA rates Illinois corn as 47% good to excellent compared to 83% at this time last year.... (full story)


INTL FCStone market analyst Arlan Suderman is projecting the number of lost corn acres at seven-and-a-half million. That would put total planted corn acreage around 85 million. The next question, Suderman says, is how many of those acres will... (full story)


The USDA says U.S. corn and soybean planting advanced last week, even as wet weather continued to limit fieldwork in some key U.S. growing areas. There are uncertainties about how many acres these numbers actually represent, with the USDA counting... (full story)


Those looking for any bit of good news in all of the rain-soaked suffering we have endured this spring have asked if the extreme overabundance of moisture has drowned soybean […] (full story)


Corn and soybean planting progress progressed slowly in Ohio last week. According to the latest USDA crop and weather report, 80 percent of corn is planted, and 66 percent has emerged.   Soybeans are 65 percent planted, and 45 percent have emerged.... (full story)


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Wet conditions continued in Indiana last week. With the corn planting window closing in some areas, farmers focused on soybean planting. Winter wheat conditions declined slightly. According to the USDA, 91 percent of corn is planted, and 79 percent... (full story)


Climatic conditions in North Florida can pose serious challenges to growers aiming to maximize returns on investments made in nitrogen (N) fertilizer. Most plant available N in local soils is […] (full story)


Jul. corn closed at $4.46 and 3/4, up 4 and 1/2 centsJul. soybeans closed at $9.09, up 6 and 1/4 centsJul. soybean meal closed at $317.60, up $2.00Jul. soybean oil closed at 28.35, down 9 pointsJul. wheat closed at $5.53, up 12 centsJun. live cattle... (full story)


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Northwestern Indiana Farmer Kendell Culp says he’s had a lot of firsts on his farm this spring. “We planted corn in three different months— we were lucky enough to get three days in at the end of April, then not much but a little bit in May, and then... (full story)


NASS releases Crop Progress and Condition Estimates... (full story)


Almonds require a lot of water during the summer. This is due to the high temperatures experienced and the crop stage of the tree. It is not uncommon for an […] (full story)


Crop Progress - 2019-06-24 (full story)


As many of you are aware, our tar spot coalition is working to refine a tar spot model developed by colleagues at the University of Wisconsin Madison this season.  This […] (full story)


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In 2018, tar spot was detected in 12 counties in eastern Iowa. The disease was observed late in the growing season, at did not cause a lot of damage. In Wisconsin, Illinois, […] (full story)


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The USDA says poultry production during May was up 2% on the year at 4.373 billion pounds. That’s with a 2% increase in chicken to 3.869 billion cancelling out a 3% lower move in turkey at 492.429 million pounds and a 5% decrease for duck to... (full story)


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Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 2 Percent from Last Year... (full story)


Trade started out the week on the positive side as light buying and short covering took place. Much of this was in anticipation of the USDA reports that will be released on Friday. There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty heading into this release... (full story)


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Milk futures were mostly up and cash dairy prices were mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Monday.   June Class Three milk was unchanged at $16.30.  July was unchanged at $17.08 August was up $.09 to $17.44.  September was up $.09 to... (full story)


Gold broke above the $1,400 level last week and the volume that corresponded the move was exceptional. The story doesnt end there. The volume for silver was big and the volume for silver stocks was truly epic. Something very, very, very important is happening right now. You knew a part of the... (full story)


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The broad stock market extended its bull market on Friday, as the S&P 500 index reached the new record high of 2,964.15. But it reversed its intraday upward course and closed slightly below the Thursdays closing price. So was it a downward reversal or just another short-term correction? (full story)


A markets expert is hopeful trade talks can get back on track when President Donald Trump talks with China’s President Xi Jinping later this week. John Baize is a commodities expert and consultant for the U.S. Soybean Export Council. He says,... (full story)


The former manager of a grain elevator in west-central Minnesota who pled guilty to stealing millions of dollars from the co-op has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Jerome Hennessey of Dalton, Minnesota has also been ordered by a U.S.... (full story)


A small grains specialist is cautioning growers about the risks of using winter cereals as a cover crop on prevent plant acres. Jochum Wiersma with the University of Minnesota tells Brownfield farmers should not plant rye or winter wheat when there... (full story)


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