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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)

REMINDER: When this Market begins to recover I know you will all want to know where you can get information on which stocks are recovering the fastest. Barchart publishes just what you are looking for on a daily basis. You don't have to l... (full story)

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) has waived the deadline for pesticide applicators to meet recertification requirements, following a proclamation by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds March 22. The waiver […] (full story)

Michigan soybean producers have consistently identified planting rates as the highest priority topic to evaluate in on-farm replicated trials. Furthermore, the producers wanted to evaluate the effect of low planting […] (full story)

Cattle futures closed at the expanded limit down mark on Thursday. April cattle options expire tomorrow and delivery against April futures in theory begins Monday. There won’t be any at this basis. Feeder futures also reached their expanded limits ... (full story)

Lean hog futures closed down by as much as the expanded limits allowed for. The March 31 CME Lean Hog Index was $64.46, down 69 cents. The 04/02 National Average Afternoon Base Hog price was $44.61, which was $3.76 lower. USDA’s weekly Export Sales... (full story)

KC wheat, the most exported variety, was the weakest on Thursday, as May futures ended the session 11 cents weaker. May SRW wheat closed 8 1/2 cents lower. MPLS May futures were down by 5 1/2 cents at the close. Wheat export bookings from the week en... (full story)

Corn futures fell back from midday gains and end the session mixed. The front months May and July futures ended lower, while Sept and Dec futures were higher. Corn export bookings from the week ending March 26 totaled 1.075 MMT. The net sales were do... (full story)

Bean futures gave back midday gains and closed with losses of as much as 4 cents. Soymeal futures were down by $5.80/ton in May. Bean oil futures closed 19 points higher. Soybean bookings were 957,417 MT for the week ending March 26. That was below l... (full story)

Corn futures fell back from midday gains and end the session mixed. The front months May and July futures ended lower, while Sept and Dec futures were higher. Corn export bookings from the week ending March 26 totaled 1.075 MMT. The net sales were do... (full story)

Cotton futures backed off of midday highs, but held on enough to close with a gain. May was the strongest with a 158 point move; Oct and Dec gained 71 points. The weekly update to Export Sales showed 147,535 RBs of cotton sold on the week ending Marc... (full story)

Extension specialists in Iowa and Minnesota are collaborating to provide a series of short, daily webinars for farmers, ag professionals, Extension personnel and other interested parties from April 6 to […] (full story)

I follow many trading products using the same mathematical formulas for intraday, daily and weekly trends. (full story)

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, three U of M researchers discuss optimal phosphorus and potassium levels in the soil. What are some key takeaways that growers should know about […] (full story)

Milk futures mostly higher, cash dairy mostly steady Thursday May Class III milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange down 24 cents to $12.88.  June up 4 to $13.60.  July through September contracts 11 to 19 cents higher. Dry... (full story)

USDA to Hold Online Meeting for Stakeholders to Gather Input about Statistical Programs The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will host its annual USDA Data Users’ Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st... (full story)

Tyson has announced it will pay roughly $60 million in “thank you” bonuses to 116,000 frontline workers and Tyson truck drivers who are supporting the company’s operations every day to provide food during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Eligible... (full story)

There’s new hope in the fight against soybean cyst nematode (SCN). The seed company Syngenta is doing a limited release of a new soybean variety with the type of resistance known as PI 89772. Molecular nematologist Melissa Mitchum, at the... (full story)

Rural hospitals, already going through financial struggles before COVID-19, are facing severe financial setbacks and are asking for immediate help. Dave Dillon, spokesman for the Missouri Hospital Association, says the spreading outbreak is... (full story)

About 70 percent of farmers don’t have a formal back-up plan if a key member of the operation becomes ill with COVID-19, according to a recent survey of farmers. National Corn Growers Association has advice for growers on some of the things they... (full story)

Gold Outlook / Opinion & Trading Levels 4.03.2020 (full story)

The Iowa Department of Transportation is asking co-ops and other ag businesses to contact the agency about obtaining seasonal CDLs—commercial driver’s licenses. Bill Bartelson with Iowa DOT says with offices closed, they are working on a process... (full story)

U.S. dry whey exports reached a nearly one-year high in February. With an increase of more than 3,100 metric tons, the USDA says it was the strongest February for dry whey since 2014. A decline in business with China was more than offset by... (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle futures ended the day limit down, on follow-through selling with additional pressure from the ongoing deterioration of wholesale values, and the significant drop in the cash market this... (full story)

Farmers are being urged to practice social distancing and other prevention measures on and off the farm. Rusty Lee, University of Missouri Extension agronomist field specialist, says farmers need to be mindful of cross contamination, “Maybe we’ve... (full story)

Still In Misery (full story)

Soybeans were mixed, mostly lower, with commercials consolidating positions. Weekly export numbers were neutral, with China the second biggest weekly buyer, but with a slow week for shipments, with about five months left in the current marketing... (full story)

Photo courtesy CattleFax More than 145 members of Congress are urging USDA to provide “swift assistance” to cattle producers who have been adversely impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The lawmakers, in a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny... (full story)

The ES is settling between 2650 and 2425. (full story)

U.S. Ag Secretary Perdue continues to mull reopening enrollment in the Dairy Margin Coverage program. Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson, chair of the House Ag Committee, tells Brownfield he tried to include a provision in the CARES Act to... (full story)

If you and friends enjoy bantering about which college of veterinary medicine is best, a new report will simply add more fuel to your conversational fire. London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) announced its inaugural ranking of the world's best... (full story)

The Secretary Treasurer of the U.S. Grains Council wants the world to know the U.S. remains open for business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chad Willis, who farms near Willmar in west-central Minnesota, says it’s pretty much business as usual at... (full story)

A Minnesota farmer spent part of this week harvesting corn.  Bryan Klabunde of Waubun in the northwest part of the state says it was so wet last fall he had to let about 400 acres sit through the winter. “Our biggest problem was the frost... (full story)

May corn closed at $3.33 and 1/2, down 1 and 1/4 cents May soybeans closed at $8.58 and 3/4, down 4 cents May soybean meal closed at $309.10, down $5.80 May soybean oil closed at 26.24, up 19 points May wheat closed at $5.41 and 3/4, down 8 and 1/2... (full story)

Online grocery sales have increased along with frozen food sales in the U.S. as the coronavirus outbreak continues. Earlier this week, the web-based grocery industry publication, Grocery Dive , reported more than 30 percent of U.S. households... (full story)

A southeast Minnesota farmer sees the COVID-19 outbreak as a wake-up call for people who don’t appreciate the U.S. food supply chain. Ryan Buck of Goodhue says having agriculture designated as essential during the pandemic speaks volumes. ... (full story)

South American port disruptions have foreign buyers turning to the U.S. Jamey Kohake with Paragon Investments tells Brownfield COVID-19 has workers in Brazil and Argentina concerned. “Unions are wanting to send their employees back home... (full story)

The USDA says cheese production during February was up 3.7% on the year at 1.028 billion pounds. American type production was 6.1% higher at 415.025 million pounds, while Italian type cheese was up 1.8% at 449.242 million and Hispanic type cheese... (full story)

For a change of pace, corn futures were actually the leader in early trade today. Corn took its support from solid weekly export sales and a rebound in the energy complex. Rumors circulated today that Russia and Saudi Arabia may scale back crude prod... (full story)

Total cheese output (excluding cottage cheese) was 1.03 billion pounds, 3.7 percent above February 2019 but 7.4 percent below January 2020.... (full story)

Can you cut your total nitrogen (N) rate if you put some on with the planter? The short answer—maybe but be careful. “Any amount applied with the planter in a band has the same horsepower as twice that amount in a broadcast application,” says Ken... (full story)

No one wants to think about what would happen if an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) would take place in the U.S. Fortunately, in addition to experts working to keep it out, many experts are working in the background developing plans for what... (full story)

Ag suppliers say the fertilizer, pesticides, and seeds are ready for farmers when it’s time for the planters to roll. Tom Bressner with the Wisconsin Agribusiness Association says input inventories look good. “Every year I think has a few... (full story)

Trump tweet leads to +35% spike in oil futures, USDCAD back down through pivotal 1.4170-90 region. Saudi Arabia now wants cooperation from other oil producers, including the US, Canada and Mexico. Risk-on flows now trying to reverse strong risk-off move from dismal US Jobless Claims... (full story)

A new study says an African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in the U.S. could cost $50 billion. Keeping this deadly disease of pigs out of the country is critical, the costs associated with an ASF outbreak in the U.S. would be significant. The study ,... (full story)

Packer inquiry remains very limited at midday, following yesterday’s very light trade.  It appears the tone has been set, and it’s much lower than last week.  There were sharp losses on Wednesday as live deals fell to $112, about $7 lower than the... (full story)

Pork exports during the week ending March 26th were way above average. The USDA says pork sales of 38,200 tons were down 1% on the week, but up 88% from the four-week average, with China buying about half of the weekly total. China bought a routine... (full story)

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Cotton futures are bouncing by 171 to 138 points at midday, May is the highest so far and lightly traded Oct futures are UNCH. The weekly update to Export Sales showed 147,535 RBs of cotton sold on the week ending March 26. That was down 47% wk/wk an... (full story)

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