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Lean hog May contracts were 2 cents lower at the end of Friday’s session, whereas Feb and Apr futures made gains. The 80 cent gain in the Feb futures pushed the weekly chart positive by $0.425. The CME Lean Hog Index got a 72 cent hike on 01/15 to ... (full story)

The 5 3/4 cent gain in the March futures was not enough to erase the 16 1/4 cent loss on the week, however front month soybean futures did finish 5 1/4 to 5 3/4 cents higher on Fridya. Soybean meal futures closed steady, but were $2.90/ton lower wk/w... (full story)

Cotton futures rallied 49 to 103 points in the front month futures. March futures ended the week with a 1 point loss. In the weekly Commitment of Traders report with data and positions from Tuesday the 14th, managed money was listed at 30,263 contrac... (full story)

Live cattle futures came back from midday lows and ended the week on a high note with Friday gains of 22 to 82 cents in the nearbys. Feb futures were $1.075 lower wk/wk. As for nearby feeder futures, prices made a turnaround since posting midday loss... (full story)

Corn futures came all the way back from the Thursday sell off, and even gained some ground with futures closing 13 3/4 to 9 3/4 cents higher. March corn was 3 1/2 cents higher on the week. Rumors of Chinese purchases appeared right on schedule after... (full story)

Wheat closes the week with Friday gains, and MPLS spring wheat led the way. MGE HRS futures were 8 1/2 to 9 3/4 cents higher at the close, which was enough to erase the week’s early losses. Chicago SRW futures, gained 6 cents on the weekly chart af... (full story)

Corn futures came all the way back from the Thursday sell off, and even gained some ground with futures closing 13 3/4 to 9 3/4 cents higher. March corn was 3 1/2 cents higher on the week. Rumors of Chinese purchases appeared right on schedule after... (full story)

An LSU AgCenter scientist is researching ways to increase food production by manipulating the processes of photosynthesis and photorespiration. Plant physiologist Paul South discussed his research at a seminar held […] (full story)

More than 1,600 attendees were able to fine-tune their farming operations with information gained at the 44th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference on Jan. 16, 2020, at the […] (full story)

The USDA will invest $11 million to improve broadband access in rural Iowa and Minnesota. The money will be spread among three infrastructure projects that will create or improve connectivity for nearly 1,400 rural households and 120 businesses... (full story)

A Minnesota agronomist suspects fungicides do a lot more than fight plant diseases.  Mark Glady with WinField United says part of his job involves evaluating treated and untreated fields. “This year doing three different times in mid-July,... (full story)

March 2020 Corn futures are trading up 13 cents as of writing this report, recovering all of yesterdays nasty hair on fire sell off and then some. The selloff was sparked by the news that Mexico will be reducing its ethanol mandates (seen as negative for US corn exports). (full story)

The presentations and handout given at the recent public forum on the essentials of growing hemp held at the West TN Research and Education Center on Jan. 14. (full story)

There are 9 upcoming agriculture related events in Tennessee between Jan. 24 and Feb. 13. (full story)

The USDA is formally gathering feedback on ways to boost sales of ethanol and biodiesel. The Department announced in the Federal Register Wednesday it is looking to build upon the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. Speaking to... (full story)

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were higher, with boxed beef up sharply at midday, waiting to see how much direct business there was left to do after Thursday’s light to moderate activity. February was up $.22 at $126.35 and... (full story)

Just one day after the U.S. and China signed a Phase One trade deal, the Senate passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). Wall Street Journal writer William Mauldin reported on […] (full story)

After drought (D1-D4) in the contiguous U.S. rose to 21.2% in late October (from a minimum of 2.3% on April 23) when late summer and early autumn flash drought conditions […] (full story)

Brownfield’s Rhiannon Branch will be on the ground in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 for the Conservation Cropping Seminar. Continue reading Conservation Cropping Seminar at Brownfield Ag News.      ... (full story)

Summary Warmer than normal temperatures were common this week over the eastern half of the continental U.S., while temperatures were primarily near normal over the western half, with a few […] (full story)

Consolidation continues (full story)

CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures finished with strong gains with contracts finishing 6-13 cents higher. Front month Mar corn was up 13-3/4 to 3.89-1/4, while Jul corn was up 12 to 4.01. Today’s strong close finished an impressive but volatile week, as... (full story)

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange ended the week to the higher side as trade optimism remains in the market. January Class III milk up two cents at $17.01.  February up 13 cents at $17.43.  March four cents higher at... (full story)

Mar. corn closed at $3.89 and 1/24, up 13 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $9.29 and 34, up 5 and 3/4 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $300.60, unchanged Mar. soybean oil closed at 33.35, up 32 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.70 and 1/2, up 5... (full story)

The U.S. Dairy Export Council says the prospects for dairy exports look a lot more promising this year with major trade deals moving forward. President Tom Vilsack tells Brownfield agreements with Japan, China and the passage of the USMCA will... (full story)

Soybeans were higher on short covering and technical buying, but the most active months posted double digit weekly losses. Beans are still waiting for some signs of increased demand from China, with uncertainties about the timing of purchases and... (full story)

Michigan Agri-Business Association President Jim Byrum has retired after leading the organization for the past 25 years. He tells Brownfield the speed of communication and interest in entrepreneurship has increased but providing ag businesses a... (full story)

This market update is a Porkbusiness.com weekly column reporting trends in weaner pig. All information contained in this update is for the week ended Jan. 17, 2020. Looking at hog sales in July 2020 using August 2020 futures, the weaner... (full story)

A medium-sized beef herd in Northern Michigan has been confirmed positive for bovine tuberculosis. State veterinarian Nora Wineland says the National Veterinary Services Lab confirmed a herd in Alcona County positive for the disease this... (full story)

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 23.3 cents per pound for the week ending January 11, up 1.9 cents from the previous week. Marketings of […] (full story)

While 2019 was doom and gloom for rice producers, 2020 may be the year of the rebound for the state’s largest agricultural export, with total rice acreage expected to increase […] (full story)

Jerry Gulke says the last week was a solid reminder of one key marketing lesson: Volatility creates opportunity. After nearly two years of negotiations and tit-for-tat tariffs, the U.S. and China signed a phase one trade deal on Wednesday, Jan.... (full story)

I had a great time at FARMCON this week in Kansas City. We also go over Phase One and what it means for US ag demand (full story)

Spot quotations averaged 101 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)

The Climate Corporation has launched climate activation specialists to help farmers get the most out of Climate FieldView™. Stephanie Lynch is the company’s customer experience manager and tells Brownfield Ag News, “In a lot of ways, digital ag is... (full story)

Increasing awareness, diversity and equity in agriculture are goals for the Illinois House Agriculture and Conservation Committee in 2020. Representative Sonya Harper of Chicago chairs the committee. She tells Brownfield she has had productive... (full story)

Michigan and Minnesota are among 14 states, New York City and the District of Columbia suing the USDA over its new work requirements for food stamp recipients. The plaintiffs say the rule would move more than 600-thousand people from the SNAP... (full story)

Peanut Price Highlights. Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 21.4 cents per pound for the week ending January 4, down 0.8... (full story)

The negativity of a lack of bullish details in the Phase 1 trade agreement between the US and China is starting to wear off. While the market may not see a tremendous build in US commodity demand, the fact China is willing to buy commodities from the... (full story)

Alltech launches relief effort for Australian farmers Alltech is lending its support to Australia’s agriculture industry following devastating wildfires in the country, launching a global fundraising effort for farmers and pledging to match... (full story)

A farm management specialist says marketing is going to be the most important decision grain farmers make in the next six months. Steve Johnson with Iowa State University Extension tells Brownfield he expects US farmers to plant 3-4 million more... (full story)

Based on 8 algo trading strategies developed with the Strategy Factory approach and 4 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for Gold is BULLISH. (full story)

Based on 9 algo trading strategies developed with the Strategy Factory approach and 4 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for Crude Oil is NEUTRAL. (full story)

This summer’s Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Eau Claire county will feature several unique farm operations.  The Innovation Square committee says the center display will represent the wide diversity of farming in Western Wisconsin, including... (full story)

A new sustainability report by the National Pork Board highlights the progress US pork producers have made in the past 50 years. Brett Kaysen, the vice president of sustainability with the National Pork Board, says the report is… “First and... (full story)

Wisconsin’s Agriculture and Farm Center has a new director.  The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection hired Jayne Krull to lead the bureau. Krull will oversee the state’s program specialists who help farmers with... (full story)

Verdesian Life Sciences has found success with its Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE) University, an online learning platform for growers, retailers, and crop advisors. Matt Lail says Verdesian Life Sciences started NUE University in 2019 to address a... (full story)

The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the insurance and business services company CorVel (CRVL). I found the stock by sorting Barchart's New All-Time High list first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then used the Fl... (full story)

A district sales manager with Ohio-based Seed Consultants says many growers in his area are planning to plant more corn acres this year. Bryan Smith says the amount of prevented planting acres in the eastern corn belt last year is driving that... (full story)

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