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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)

Have cattle and hog futures topped out? (full story)

Corn futures ended the Monday session with most contracts 3 to 4 cents lower, as the 2019 contracts out to Sept hit contract lows. Losses in the wheat complex pressured the market lower. Weekly data from USDA showed 1.353 MMT of corn shipped in the w... (full story)

Live cattle futures were down 80 cents to $1.10 on Monday, with front month April down a tick. This was fallout from the Cattle on Feed report. Feeder cattle futures were 72.5 cents to $1.425 lower on Monday. The CME feeder cattle index was down 14 ... (full story)

Corn futures ended the Monday session with most contracts 3 to 4 cents lower, as the 2019 contracts out to Sept hit contract lows. Losses in the wheat complex pressured the market lower. Weekly data from USDA showed 1.353 MMT of corn shipped in the w... (full story)

Lean Hog futures settled with 70 cent to $2.125 losses on Monday. China confirmed ASF cases on Hainan Island, which is more than 200 miles offshore and had been thought to be relatively safe. The CME Lean Hog Index was up another 39 cents from the p... (full story)

Soybean futures saw 3 1/2 to 4 cent losses in the front months on Monday. Meal futures were down 70 cents/ton, with May soy oil 10 points lower. This morning’s Export Inspections report indicated 382,298 MT of soybeans shipped in the week that ... (full story)

Cotton futures were 17 to 22 points lower in most nearby contracts, with nearby May down 12 points. The dollar was weaker today, with crude oil up $1.82/barrel, supporting cotton via synthetics. After the closing bell, USDA showed US cotton acreage a... (full story)

Wheat futures closed with 5 to 14 cent losses on Monday. KC and MPLS posted new lows in several contracts. The 7-day QPF shows heavy rainfall in parts of TX and OK over the next week. Parts of KS, CO and NE saw rains last night into this morning. Aft... (full story)

Maker of vegan meat substitutes seeks to raise $184 million and has the backing of Bill Gates, Don Thompson and Obvious Ventures. (full story)

An egg farmer at the White House today for the annual Easter Egg Roll says a lot of people don’t know where eggs come from, so he’s telling them, “It’s a great opportunity to walk through the crowd. I’m wearing an ‘Ask an Egg Farmer’ button.” ... (full story)

Minnesota farmers are considering ways to prevent the closure of small dairies during a sustained slump in milk prices. (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures ended the day lower on the limited of buying interest.  Feeder cattle futures were lower following last week’s Cattle on Feed report.  April live cattle closed $.02 lower at... (full story)

High school students can now learn about biofuels in the classroom thanks to Growth Energy and the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, says it is the first in-classroom curriculum about the role of... (full story)

Photo courtesy Nebraska Corn Board Corn planting is underway in Nebraska with two percent of the crop planted as of Sunday, according to the week crop progress report. That’s six points behind the five-year average. Winter wheat condition... (full story)

Photo courtesy Iowa Corn Last week’s warmer and drier conditions in Iowa allowed spring fieldwork to finally get underway in most areas. There was some corn being planted, although not enough to register a percentage rating yet in the weekly... (full story)

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

CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures were under pressure again today with losses of 3-3/4 to 4 cents as Sep led today's slide closing at 3.71. A new contract low, as well as a new contract low close was triggered in Sep and Dec futures. Nearby May closed 3-... (full story)

Spring fieldwork picked up across southern Minnesota last week. In its latest crop progress report, the USDA says activities included tillage and fertilizer application. But continued snow melt and receding flood waters continue to delay... (full story)

Wet conditions continue to slow fieldwork in Indiana. The USDA says corn and soybean planting was mostly delayed another week. Nearly 40 percent of winter wheat is jointed, slightly ahead of the five-year average. Fieldwork activities... (full story)

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Legislation needed to fund a soybean crush and biodiesel facility in northwest Minnesota is moving forward. Minnesota Soybean Growers executive director Joe Smentek says a bill passed by the Senate Finance Committee would provide $5- million... (full story)

Corn planting has begun in Ohio. According to the USDA, one percent of the corn crop is planted, compared to the five-year average of three percent. Ponding in fields continued to stress winter wheat. Thirty-two percent of the crop is rated... (full story)

A special Easter delivery made it across the Midwest for Nebraska farmers impacted by extreme flooding.  Beef producer and 4-H leader Todd Brink of Caledonia, Michigan tells Brownfield following the stories about the bomb cyclone’s impact over... (full story)

U.S. dairy farmers are hopeful solutions to low milk prices are on the horizon. Mike Orbeck, who milks around 80 cows in central Minnesota, says he liked what he heard during a Dairy Together event near his home last week. “We sell our... (full story)

Minnesota Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen is pleased with changes to the USDA Ag Census. “(USDA) is really concentrating on new and beginning farmers, producers with military service, breakdowns of how many women are farming. That continues to... (full story)

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile were higher Monday ahead of a bullish milk production report. April Class III milk remained unchanged at $15.92.  May up 13 cents at $15.82.  June up nine cents at $16.04.  July six cents... (full story)

Catkin (male flower) production has been pretty heavy so far. A large catkin crop does not guarantee a large production of flowers, but most times we have heavy catkin production, […] (full story)

The ACLU is challenging Iowa’s new ag trespass law. The law, which went into effect in March, creates a trespass charge for anyone using deception to gain access to a farm with intent to cause physical or economic harm. But Rita Austen with ACLU... (full story)

Milk production during March was down slightly as farmers reduced their herd size.  USDA says production in the U.S. was down less than a half of a percent to 18.9 billion pounds with production per cow up 10 pounds—the highest for the... (full story)

U.S. Wheat Associates is looking to capitalize on Brazil’s tariff-free import quota. President Vince Peterson tells Brownfield President Trump met with the Brazilian president last month to discuss trade. “They announced the opening of a... (full story)

Some Missouri farmers are making planting progress despite the precipitation that’s stalled other farmers in the state. North Central Missouri grower Robert Alpers tells Brownfield he was in the field following some sunny, windy days a week ago. ... (full story)

Field conditions in Wisconsin are improving, even though much of the state received more than an inch of rain last week.   Manure spreading, tillage, and early planting have all begun, but USDA reporters say field conditions are difficult in... (full story)

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Specs are Record Short - What's to Say They are Wrong (full story)

I am posting this within three days of the day I posted it last year.  To say the least the weather patterns the last couple of springs have not been […] (full story)

Levels for April 23rd & Micro E-Minis are Almost Here! (full story)

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, pushing May to a near five-month low. Beans are waiting for the next round of face to face talks with China, which resume next Monday in China. China’s trade team will reportedly head to the U.S. the... (full story)

Read Kelly, graduate student under the direction of Dr. Jeff Gore, has been investigating the relationship and densities of rice water weevils in furrow irrigated or row rice. (full story)

Intermitted rain showers kept most fields too wet for fieldwork in Michigan last week. Beef producer Todd Brink of Caledonia says while calving season hasn’t been ideal, he feels fortunate compared to farmers impacted by severe weather this... (full story)

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The 2018 Mississippi State University (MSU) Row Crop Short Course, held in December, showcased presentations by growers, industry experts, and row crop specialists on topics such as nematode management, weed […] (full story)

The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the software company Pegasystems(PEGA). I found the stock by sorting Barchart's All Time High list first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month then used the Flipchart feature to revie... (full story)

In our latest episode, Angela McClure announces the revival of a soybean yield contest in Tennessee. (full story)

Wheat and barley that is flowering today is a medium to high scab risk in widespread, but scattered, regions of the central Tidewater zone. Late-planted fields may not yet be […] (full story)

The slow start to planting for corn and spring wheat continued last week as weather from late winter and early spring continues to affect fields. The USDA says that as of Sunday, 6% of the U.S. corn crop is planted, compared to 5% a year ago and... (full story)

Legislation that would change the Chapter 12 bankruptcy guidelines for farmers has now been introduced in the U.S. House.  A bipartisan group of Congressmen including Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Judiciary Committee... (full story)

May corn closed at $3.54 and 3/4, down 3 and 3/4 cents May soybeans closed at $8.77, down 3 and 1/2 cents May soybean meal closed at $302.50, down 70 cents May soybean oil closed at 28.70, down 10 points May wheat closed at $4.35 and 3/4, down 8 and... (full story)

Dairy leaders say the U.S. International Trade Commission’s review of the U.S. Mexico Canada agreement underscores the need for Congress to approve it. The commission expects U.S. dairy exports to increase by more than $277 million. President of... (full story)

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