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Effective May 1, 2019 and expiring October 30, 2019, Transform has been approved for use in cotton as an emergency exemption to manage tarnished plant bugs in North Carolina. This […] (full story)

Wet conditions last fall and this spring have limited the number of acres that received nitrogen in preparation for the upcoming growing season. This creates the challenging dilemma of whether […] (full story)

Governor Mike Parson has asked President Trump to approve a disaster declaration for 13 Missouri counties so they can get federal assistance for flood recovery. The Governor says he expects the request to be expanded to include additional counties... (full story)

The U.S. average diesel fuel price increased nearly 3 cents to $3.15 per gallon on April 22, more than 1 cent higher than the same time last year. The Rocky […] (full story)

The latest wet weather has a Great Plains farmer concerned about how much longer he’ll be unable to do fieldwork. “That has everything at a standstill,” said Paul Hetland, referring to almost two feet of snow that’s receded leaving fields too... (full story)

The Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation today announced the following prevailing world market prices of milled and rough rice, adjusted for U.S. milling yields and location, and the resulting […] (full story)

Iowa U.S. Senator Joni Ernst says pressure must be put on members of the U.S. House to pass the USMCA. Ernst, at the Tariffs Hurt the Heartland town hall at Kinze Manufacturing today, said tariffs also need to be lifted, “Several months ago,... (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures stumbled on technical pressure and weak wholesale values.  Feeder cattle futures were lower on technical selling and lack of demand certainty in the market.  April live cattle... (full story)

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has found a new route for the invasive weed Palmer amaranth to enter and spread through Minnesota: grain and seed screenings used as feed. (full story)

Actionable ideas, fundamentals and technicals for the Dollar, Euro, Yen, Aussie, Canadian and more. (full story)

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator says his current mission to Taiwan has nothing to do with current trade talks with China. Ken Isley, completing the third day of the trip, told reporters the UDSA-led Taiwan trade trip was scheduled... (full story)

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC), which establishes policy for conservation, water rights, and resource planning, oversees a state tax credit of up to $10 million a year available to […] (full story)

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile closed lower at midweek as traders gave back some overbought positions. April Class III milk down a penny at $15.91.  May down three cents at $15.84.  June down a penny at $16.05.  July three... (full story)

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The National Dairy Council is hopeful new research on whole milk fat could change the USDA’s nutrition guidelines for 2020. Dr. Greg Miller says research shows dairy products regardless of fat levels provide health benefits to consumers, but... (full story)

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, posting losses for the third consecutive session. The trade is waiting for what’s next with China, but African Swine Fever is impacting Chinese demand for beans, with a private firm from China... (full story)

Ford has announced that it is investing a half-billion dollars in Rivian, which is rolling out an innovative electric-powered pickup truck. Rivian, which also will market an electric SUV, turned […] (full story)

CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures closed lower again for the third consecutive session, as prices lost anywhere from 2-3/4 cents on Jul 2020 to 4-1/2 cents on May closing at 3.46-3/4, another new contract low close. Dec new crop closed down 3-3/4 at 3.76... (full story)

An ag economist says if policy changes in the 2018 Farm Bill were made in 2000, the dairy landscape would look a lot different. “Over the 2000 to 2018 period, we would have made MPP payments 70 percent of the time at $9.50 which is the new... (full story)

Jim Beam Bourbon will donate $5 million to the University of Kentucky to establish the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits. The institute will support a curriculum to educate […] (full story)

Commentary. The annual “List of Banished Words” from Lake Superior State University (LSSU) released earlier this year came across my desk this week.  The first list was created by a few LSSU staff members at a New Year’s Eve party in 1976.  In its... (full story)

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Sugarbeet planting progress is less than half of the five-year average according to this week’s crop report. “We have not seen a single acre of sugarbeets planted yet in the Red River Valley states of Minnesota and North Dakota—the five-year... (full story)

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Poultry production during March was down 2% on the year at 3.937 billion pounds. The USDA says slower slaughter rates for chickens, turkeys, and ducks, along with a lighter average weight for chickens, accounted for the decline. The chicken kill... (full story)

May corn closed at $3.46 and 3/4, down 4 and 1/2 cents May soybeans closed at $8.55 and 1/4, down 6 and 3/4 cents May soybean meal closed at $300.40, down 60 cents May soybean oil closed at 27.92, down 14 points May wheat closed at $4.32 and 1/4,... (full story)

Simpler Approach to Day-Trading? & Futures Levels 4.25.2019 (full story)

The USDA says domestic red meat and pork production both hit all-time highs in 2018. Red meat totaled 53.508 billion pounds, 3% higher than 2017’s then-record of 52.079 billion, with 837 plants operating under federal inspection on January... (full story)

A $1.5 million in competitive grant funding program has been made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that seeks to help the dairy industry.​ (full story)

The EU’s policy on GMO is extremely strict and prevents new GMO crops from being authorized. The policy is based on arguments about the risk and unnaturalness of GMO plants […] (full story)

AgDay's Betsy Jibben explains as she heads to Eastern Iowa for this report in this week's I-80 Planting Tour. She talks with David Walton from Wilton, Iowa; Sam Funk, an Economist with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of... (full story)

Can SoyMeal Hold Soybeans? (full story)

A northwest Missouri farmer’s fields are still mostly under water, “When I first got a yield monitor I learned that the very best day of the year to plant corn is April 24th. So, today’s the best day of the year to plant corn and I’ve still got... (full story)

Farmers for Free Trade brought its Motorcade for Trade to western Wisconsin to emphasize the importance of trade deals like the USMCA.  Farmer Louisa Peterson of Creamery Creek Holsteins says they milk 675 cows three times a day, and... (full story)

The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the semi conductor company Cree(CREE). I found the stock by using Barchart to sort it's Top Stocks to Own list first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then I used the the Flipcha... (full story)

U.S. ethanol production surged last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 1.048 million barrels a day, up 31,000 on the week, for the highest weekly average since mid-January. The industry continues to watch... (full story)

The Illinois Farm Bureau opposes Governor J.B. Pritzker’s progressive income tax proposal and is encouraging farmers to do the same. Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert tells Brownfield a call to action was sent to their members Monday asking... (full story)

An audit of Fair Oaks Farms is underway after the owners say that a group of employees joined the northern Indiana farm with the intent of creating misleading animal cruelty videos.  Mike and Sue McCloskey posted a video defending their... (full story)

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EURUSD breaks below 1.1183/75 support zone leaving risk of more decline on the cards. (full story)

Corn futures are showing 2 to 3 cent losses in most nearby contracts at midday. The ethanol market is weaker, following a slight uptick in stocks. Weakness in wheat is also dragging on corn. This morning’s EIA report showed ethanol production i... (full story)

Lean Hog futures are mixed at midday, with nearby contracts higher and deferred contracts lower. The CME Lean Hog Index was up another 53 cents from the previous day @ $82.07 on April 22. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was 87 cents higher in the ... (full story)

Cotton futures are trading 55 to 87 points in the red at midday. The Dollar is showing continued strength on Wednesday, with crude oil lower. There were 114 deliveries against May on Wednesday. USDA will update their weekly Export Sales report on Thu... (full story)

Soybean futures are down 4 to 5 cents on Wednesday. Spillover from the grains is dragging the market lower at midday. Meal futures are 30 cents/ton lower, with May soy oil 2 points in negative territory. May options expire on Friday. Canadian Canola ... (full story)

Wheat futures are trading 6 to 8 cents lower in most contracts on Wednesday, following confirmation of higher Canadian acres. Canadian wheat acres are seen at 25.674 million acres for 2019, up 3.8% from last year and above most estimates according to... (full story)

Corn futures are showing 2 to 3 cent losses in most nearby contracts at midday. The ethanol market is weaker, following a slight uptick in stocks. Weakness in wheat is also dragging on corn. This morning’s EIA report showed ethanol production i... (full story)

Live cattle futures are posting sharp $1.35 to $2.45 losses at midday. Feeder cattle futures are also sharply lower on Wednesday, down $2.85 to $3.25. The CME feeder cattle index was down 13 cents to $145.84 on April 22. Wholesale boxed beef prices w... (full story)

While commodity prices stay in the dumps, input costs haven’t taken the same nosedive. (full story)

Direct cash cattle trade activity is improving.  There are a few starter bids on the table at $123 to $125 live and $205 dressed.  That’s still quite a ways from current asking prices of $130 live and $212 dressed.  The distance between the two could... (full story)

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