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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)


In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Deere Tightens Up | Farm Bill 2020 | and more. (full story)


Lean Hog futures posted limit losses in the front months on Friday. Tuesday will show expanded limits of $4.50. On the week, June futures lost 6.44%. The CME Lean Hog Index was up 2 cents from the previous day @ $84.36 on May 22. The USDA pork carcas... (full story)


Corn futures ended the Friday session with the nearby contracts 10 to 14 1/2 cents higher. The front month continuation chart broke $4 for the first time since last May. July was up another 5.48% this week. Weather forecasts continue to show rains fo... (full story)


Live cattle futures were 20 to 40 cents lower in most contracts on Friday, with June up 37.5 cents. Feeder cattle futures were steady to 57.5 cents lower, as August was up 20 cents. After the close, the Cattle on Feed report showed April placements u... (full story)


Corn futures ended the Friday session with the nearby contracts 10 to 14 1/2 cents higher. The front month continuation chart broke $4 for the first time since last May. July was up another 5.48% this week. Weather forecasts continue to show rains fo... (full story)


Wheat futures saw 10 to 19 1/4 cent gains in most contracts, ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. The markets will be closed for the Monday session. On the week, CBT was up 5.27%, with KC 5.18% higher and MPLS 3.84% above last Friday. Accumulated wheat... (full story)


Cotton futures saw gains of 72 to 91 points in the front months on Friday. The US dollar was down on the day, with crude oil back up 72 cents/barrel. July cotton was up 3.64% this week. The market will be back open for the Monday night session, in ob... (full story)


Soybean futures closed Friday with the front months 8 to 8 1/4 cents higher. July soy meal was up $3.30/ton, with soybean oil 23 points in the green. Support was from spillover from the grains. The markets will be closed on Monday in observance of th... (full story)


I’ve spent the past several days walking replants and fielding last minute variety placement/selection questions.  This post covers a few thoughts I’d like to share concerning replants, variety maturity, and […] (full story)


We handle situations every year regarding early-season leaf injury and damage. This year, the volume of questions has been higher and is likely related to this year’s particular environment. We […] (full story)


Summary A series of Pacific upper-level weather systems, and their associated surface lows and fronts, moved across the contiguous U.S. (CONUS) during this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week. These systems […] (full story)


Cotton prices had a plus week with December gaining 121 points going into the weekly close at 67.55. The market found solid support all week as mills were active with […] (full story)


Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says the stalled disaster bill in the House should not have been held up Friday for a lack of border security funding, “No, I mean it’s a disaster bill. It should be concerned with disaster programs for the... (full story)


We usually think of monsoon season as something that happens in India beginning around June 1 and running into September. It is accompanied by heavy and often daily rains, and is generally welcomed as it breaks the dry season. It is a big deal there... (full story)


Corn prices have gone up because of the weather but struggles remain for Missouri farmers. Gary Marshall is CEO of Missouri Corn Growers Association, “Such a difficult time. I think, nationwide, this is perhaps the worst planting season in history.... (full story)


Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 20.1 cents per pound for the week ending May 18, up 0.1 cent from the previous week. Marketings of […] (full story)


Missouri Agriculture Director Chris Chinn stood by President Trump with other ag leaders at the White House (Thursday) when he announced $16 Billion dollars in more trade mitigation aid for farmers. Chinn says she’s satisfied with the package, “From... (full story)


USDA’s release of the Crop Progress report on May 20 showed corn planting at 49 percent nationally.  The planting progress in numerous major corn producing states lags behind historical averages significantly. The […] (full story)


There’s more severe weather coming for parts of the Corn Belt this weekend.  Brownfield meteorologist Greg Soulje (soul-yay) says it’s a similar system that brought tornadoes and thunderstorms into Missouri and Illinois, “Another weather system... (full story)


Soybeans were higher on short covering and technical buying, cementing a week to week gain. Beans went back to watching the weather, expecting more planting delays, but also anticipating at least some switch from corn and spring wheat to soybeans.... (full story)


May 25 marks the last day for Arkansas growers to apply the herbicide dicamba to crops in the state, per a ruling from the Arkansas State Plant Board earlier this […] (full story)


Wall Street Journal writer Josh Zumbrun reported on Thursday that, “The Trump administration said it would spend $16 billion to offset the impact on American agriculture from the trade conflict with China, […] (full story)


Average quotations were 32 points higher than the previous week, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. Quotations for the base quality of cotton (color 41, […] (full story)


A new Provisia rice variety recently approved by the LSU AgCenter Rice Variety Release Committee should be available for farmers next year. The new variety, PVL02, is a long-grain variety, […] (full story)


Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were mostly lower on profit taking and technical selling, along with spread trade and position squaring ahead of the USDA’s Cattle on Feed report. June was up $.37 at $111.17 and August was down... (full story)


We have said the bulls had a bad day on Wednesday. How would you rate their yesterdays performance? Heck, they are not having a good day today either. Black gold is heading for the biggest weekly loss in 2019. Has the support fallen out from below? Where can we expect the decline to stop? (full story)


Jul. corn closed at $4.04 and 1/4, up 14 and 1/2 centsJul. soybeans closed at 8.29 and 3/4, up 8 and 1/4 centsJul. soybean meal closed at $300.50, up $3.30Jul. soybean oil closed at 27.01, up 23 pointsJul. wheat closed at $4.89 and 1/2, up 19 and 1/4... (full story)


A barrage of storm systems will continue to emerge from the western U.S., maintaining the likelihood of showers and locally severe thunderstorms across a broad area of the nation’s mid-section. Five-day rainfall totals of 1 to 5 inches or more should... (full story)


The cool weather we had in March and April delayed the growth of young rice and thus has delayed crawfish stocking. Some fields won’t be ready to stock until the […] (full story)


Main scenario is strongly downward. (full story)


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue this week announced that the USDA will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation and trade disruption. […] (full story)


Across the Corn Belt, warm, humid weather prevails in the Ohio Valley. Across the remainder of the Midwest, cool, stormy weather and soggy fields continue to inhibit nearly all spring planting operations, as well as corn and soybean emergence and... (full story)


PHOENIX Shipping Point Prices as of 24-MAY-2019 Provided by: Specialty Crops Market News Federal - State Market News Service,... (full story)


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Still bearish (full story)


PHOENIX Shipping Point Prices as of 24-MAY-2019 Provided by: Specialty Crops Market News Federal - State Market News Service,... (full story)


The USDA says poultry production during April was 4.124 billion pounds, a 3% increase on the year. Chicken made up most of the total at 3.628 billion pounds, followed by turkey at 483.63 million and duck at 11.933 million pounds. The preliminary live... (full story)


The USDA says cattle placements during April were lower than what many analysts were expecting. Placements were up 9% on the year at 1.842 million head, mostly cattle weighing between 700 and 900 pounds, below expectations with weather in some of the... (full story)


Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed lower ahead of the Memorial Holiday while cash prices were mixed and lightly traded. May Class III milk unchanged at $16.38.  June down 13 cents at $16.31.  July down 12 cents at... (full story)


Farmers are facing more rain but big decisions loom at grain markets rally in the wake of continued wet weather. (full story)


The latest round of trade aid announced by the Trump Administration is getting mixed results among dairy cooperatives that are growing concerned with the impact of tariffs. (full story)


An ag meteorologist says rain will continue to halt planting progress for a while. “When will it stop raining?  I guess the short answer is probably at least not for another week.”  Jeff Andresen with Michigan State University says growing degree... (full story)


House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson has introduced a bill to limit RFS small refinery exemptions. Co-sponsoring the bill are Congressmen Dusty Johnson of South Dakota, Dave Loebsack of Iowa, Rodney Davis of Illinois and Roger Marshall of... (full story)


REPORTING OFFICE: NOGALES MAY 24 2019 TRUCK, AIR, BOAT AND IMPORT SHIPMENTS FOR: THU MAY 23 2019 *MODE IS TRUCK UNLESS... (full story)


REPORTING OFFICE: NOGALES MAY 24 2019 TRUCK, AIR, BOAT AND IMPORT SHIPMENTS FOR: THU MAY 23 2019 * MODE IS TRUCK UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED ... (full story)


Steve Nelson The president of Nebraska Farm Bureau, Steve Nelson, says while trade assistance from the federal government is appreciated and helpful, farmers would much prefer to see trade issues resolved. “The sooner that we can get those done, the... (full story)


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The announcement of the new Market Facilitation Program—which some are referring to as MFP2—combined with what USDA called “inaccurate media stories” earlier in the week, has created some confusion amongst farmers, says Iowa State University ag... (full story)


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