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Overnight trade was mixed with the grains on the positive side and soybeans under pressure. Grains took their support from technical short covering and building concerns over the planting rate in the Corn Belt. We have seen active fieldwork this week... (full story)


A bill that legalizes hemp in Indiana has passed but the Indiana State Chemist and Seed Commissioner says there is more to be done before it is implemented. Robert Waltz says the bill authorizes a hemp advisory committee to establish rules and... (full story)


Chad Bloom with Pheasants Forever believes in the mission of the Soil Health Partnership. “Pheasants Forever is an implementer,” explains Bloom, “and when all this science comes out, we can partner with the farmer to deliver habitat as a solution... (full story)


Corn futures are trading 1 to 1 1/2 cents higher this morning. They ended Thursday with fractional to 2 cent gains in the front months. Preliminary open interest plunged 41,861contracts, with many exiting May ahead of options expiration today and not... (full story)


Lean Hog futures posted limit losses in all 2019 contracts yesterday except May. Preliminary open interest rose 552 contracts, suggesting modest net new selling rather than the massive long liquidation you might expect given the price swing. Volume w... (full story)


Soybean futures are mostly 3 cents lower following overnight trading activity. They ended Thursday with 4 cent gains in the nearby contracts, bouncing from multi-month lows on short covering. Preliminary open interest dropped 7,534 contracts. Meal fu... (full story)


Cotton futures are trading 22 to 42 points lower this morning. The dollar, energy and equities are all trading lower this morning. They were up 36 to 120 points in most contracts on Thursday. All old crop upland cotton export sales were reported at ... (full story)


Wheat futures are trading 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 cents higher across all three markets. They settled Thursday with fractional to 3 cent gains in the CBT and MPLS contracts on Thursday, with KC fractionally mixed. Parts of The Dakotas and MN are expected to s... (full story)


Corn futures are trading 1 to 1 1/2 cents higher this morning. They ended Thursday with fractional to 2 cent gains in the front months. Preliminary open interest plunged 41,861contracts, with many exiting May ahead of options expiration today and not... (full story)


Live cattle futures saw sharp losses in most contracts on Thursday, as June closed a tick off limit down. Long liquidation was the theme, with preliminary open interest in June alone dropping 8,813 contracts. Feeder cattle futures felt the pressure f... (full story)


Gil Gullickson Byline: Tony Dreibus 1. Soybeans Lowers, Grains Little Changed Overnight Soybeans were slightly lower overnight while grains were little changed. Prices were mixed amid... (full story)


Farmers continue to learn about ways to improve the management of micro and macro-nutrients. While nitrogen gets most of the attention, a growing number of producers understand the significance of phosphorus. Now, crop inputs distributor West... (full story)


We believe the Transportation Index and the Financials could be keys to understanding how far the upside rally can continue... (full story)


The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the software company Microsoft(MSFT). I found the stock by sorting Barchart's Top Stocks to Own list first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, the I used the Flipchart feature to r... (full story)


Rains continue delaying field work and planting in the Delta states. After more rain, some ground may go to other crops. (full story)


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)


Soybean grain yield improvements over the last several decades have largely come from greater biomass production. Nutrient management programs can become especially challenging as soybeans often meet nitrogen (N) needs […] (full story)


Summary A series of storm systems moved quickly across the lower 48 States until reaching the East Coast as a strong ridge of high pressure over the western Atlantic Ocean […] (full story)


The rice market continues to be very quiet, particularly from a marketing standpoint although the new crop plantings are in full swing across all of the Southern rice growing regions. Export […] (full story)


Corn futures closed Thursday in positive territory for the first time this week, with fractional to 2 cent gains in the front months. This morning’s USDA Export Sales report showed old crop corn sales in the week of April 18 on the middle of th... (full story)


Lean Hog futures posted limit losses in all 2019 contracts but nearby May, down $1.325. This morning’s Export Sales report showed just 15,505 MT in pork bookings for the week ending 4/18. That was well below last week and far below two weeks ag... (full story)


Soybean futures ended with 4 cent gains in the nearby contracts on Thursday, bouncing from multi-month lows. Meal futures were up $5.60/ton, with May soy oil down 28 points. US exporters sold 596,301 MT of 18/19 soybeans during the week ending on Apr... (full story)


Cotton futures were up 36 to 120 points in most contracts on Thursday. All old crop upland cotton export sales were reported at 238,967 RB by the USDA this morning. That was up 9.84% wk/wk but down 23.4% from this time last year. Turkey was the top b... (full story)


Wheat futures settled with fractional to 3 cent gains in the CBT and MPLS contracts on Thursday, with KC fractionally mixed. Parts of The Dakotas and MN are expected to see snow this weekend, likely delaying planting even further. May options expire ... (full story)


Corn futures closed Thursday in positive territory for the first time this week, with fractional to 2 cent gains in the front months. This morning’s USDA Export Sales report showed old crop corn sales in the week of April 18 on the middle of th... (full story)


Live cattle futures saw sharp losses in most contracts on Thursday, as June close a tick off limit lower. Feeder cattle futures felt the pressure from live cattle, down $2.975 to $3.55 in the front months. The CME feeder cattle index was down 6 cent... (full story)


Earlier this month, the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) published an article (“Southeast Asia’s Growing Meat Demand and Its Implications for Feedstuffs Imports,” by Tani Lee and James Hansen) which […] (full story)


Greg Miller, president of the Dairy Research Institute, says he was frustrated by the EAT-Lancet report as a scientist. Continue reading Dairy’s take on EAT-Lancet report at Brownfield Ag News.         ... (full story)


PRESS RELEASE: ITC Report Underscores Importance of NAFTA and Passing USMCA for US Agriculture On April 18, 2019, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its report on the economic benefits of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement... (full story)


The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Prescribed Burn Manager Training will be held May 29-31 in Fredericksburg. The training will be at the AgriLife Extension office for Gillespie County, 95 […] (full story)


Soil temperature at a 3-inch depth was 64.4 degrees at 8 this morning (April 24). Soil temperature quickly increased to almost 76 degrees by 4:00 p.m. The DD60’s predicted for […] (full story)


The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the cable TV company Comcast(CMCSA). I found the stock by using Barchart to sort its Top Stocks to Ownlist first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then I used the Flipchart feature t... (full story)


Flooding Continues to Impact River Traffic Much of the Mississippi River remains impacted by this year’s on-going flooding. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, river levels are receding […] (full story)


A young man who is now a National FFA officer began his FFA career in search of romance. Shea Booster has reached the top of the FFA leadership ladder, selected to be the organization’s Western Region Vice President. That might have never happened... (full story)


The Georgia Peanut Commission encourages all peanut farmers to vote yes in support the continuance of the Peanut Promotion, Research and Information Order, which authorizes the National Peanut Board. The […] (full story)


An ag equipment maker says tariffs have been passed on to them and fears those “taxes” will become the new normal. Richard Dix, with Kinze Manufacturing, says hard decisions are being made, “I know that our ownership makes difficult choices on... (full story)


CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures saw their first positive close of the week as prices finished with mild gains. Front month May was 3/4 of a cent higher to 3.47-1/2, while Jul was up 1-1/2 to 3.57-1/4. New crop Dec was also up 1-1/2 to 3.77-1/4. Short c... (full story)


At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures closed lower on the weaker cash trade and supply concerns.  Feeder cattle futures were lower on technical pressure and the day’s firm moves in corn.  April live cattle closed $2.72... (full story)


The wait is over.  After much hard work and many drafts, the U.S. Rice Industry Sustainability Report is now available to the public on the USA Rice website.  It’s an […] (full story)


Biodiesel advocates will participate in a rally on Capitol Hill next Wednesday in support of biodiesel tax credit extension legislation. Paul Winters, director of public affairs and federal communications with the National Biodiesel Board, says... (full story)


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has identified a new path for Palmer amaranth to enter the state. MDA noxious weed section manager Denise Thielde says after an investigation in Redwood County, the department determined Palmer found its way... (full story)


Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile closed significantly higher Thursday as traders got to business in the futures and cash markets. Import volumes for China during March were mostly higher on the month with milk powders showing the most... (full story)


Wisconsin ag economists are optimistic for $17 milk by the fourth quarter because of continued reduction of the dairy herd. “I think this is the year that we’re looking for for the recovery.”  University of Wisconsin’s Mark Stephenson says... (full story)


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Walmart’s announcement that it’s setting up its own Angus beef supply chain is raising some eyebrows in the industry. But Iowa State University livestock economist Lee Schulz sees it as the continuation of a trend that was already underway. ... (full story)


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