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Corn futures saw 2 to 6 1/2 cents gains on Monday, posting multi-month highs in several contracts. Rains over the weekend and forecasts for more in the WCB over the next week were supportive. In the weekly Crop Progress report, NASS showed corn plant... (full story)

Wheat futures closed Monday with 9 to 16 cent gains in the front months. The Southern Plains continue to see abnormal amount of rain for this time of year, causing some disease concerns in the HRW crop. Monday afternoon, the Crop Progress report show... (full story)

Soybean futures ended the Monday session with the front months 10 to 10 1/2 cents higher. Support came from the grain complex and specs taking profits after Friday’s sell off. July soy meal was up $3/ton, with soybean oil 28 points higher. Aft... (full story)

Cotton futures saw 119 to 192 point gains in most contracts to start a new week. Rain in parts of northern TX and other parts of the Cotton Belt may slow cotton planting this week. The Crop Progress report indicated that 44% of the US cotton crop was... (full story)

Corn futures saw 2 to 6 1/2 cents gains on Monday, posting multi-month highs in several contracts. Rains over the weekend and forecasts for more in the WCB over the next week were supportive. In the weekly Crop Progress report, NASS showed corn plant... (full story)

Lean Hog futures settled Monday mixed, with nearby June down 62.5 cents and deferred contracts steady to 75 cents higher. The CME Lean Hog Index was up 38 cents from the previous day @ $84.59 on May 16. The weekly update to the Fresh Bacon Index show... (full story)

Live cattle futures were mostly lower to start the week, with nearby June up a few ticks. Feeder cattle futures were down 32.5 to 82.5 cents, on weakness in live cattle and strength in corn. The CME feeder cattle index was down 30 cents to $132.76 on... (full story)

A Missouri man who conspired with others to sell grain fraudulently marketed as organic pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids. John Burton, age 52, from Clarksdale, Missouri, […] (full story)

Deere & Co.’s second quarterly report for 2019 was yet one more indicator of the increasing economic struggle in U.S. agriculture.  After the report was released on Friday (May 17), […] (full story)

The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the REIT Mid-America Apartment Communities (MAA). 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 featu... (full story)

A bottom for cattle futures? (full story)

An extension grain market economist tells Brownfield this spring’s planting delays have provided a second chance to farmers pricing corn. Ed Usset with the University of Minnesota says it’s been a quick spurt higher as wet conditions continue to keep... (full story)

Excellent Rule (full story)

The director of government relations for Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) believes the legislature is headed to a special session and says many MFU priorities remain in play. Stu Lourey tells Brownfield the Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader,... (full story)

Wisconsin farmers took advantage of more than four days suitable for fieldwork last week. The USDA Crop Progress report says corn planting went from 14 to 35 percent complete, with producers avoiding low spots and heavy soils. Heavy rains did halt... (full story)

Minnesota corn planting has crossed the halfway point but remains more than a week behind normal. The USDA crop progress report shows as of Sunday, 56 percent of intended corn acres have been planted. That’s three days behind a year ago and 10 days... (full story)

Plant-based protein companies have attracted $16 billion in investment during the last 10 years. The Good Food Institute says $13 billion was invested in just the last two years. Alternatives to dairy products lead the way, while mainstream... (full story)

Soybean growers are investing checkoff funds in testing that could result in higher blends of renewable biodiesel. National Biodiesel Board technical director Scott Fenwick says they’re looking at different types of engines in on-road and off-road... (full story)

A southeast Missouri farmer says half of his acres have been under water for a long time – and the corn and beans he HAS planted are at risk of flooding. But, Peter Rost, who farms in New Madrid County in the Missouri Bootheel, says he’s not... (full story)

Powell speaks tonight and the Dollar Index is at a crucial level. Let's take a look at the overall landscape. (full story)

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were mostly lower on spread activity and profit taking, as traders watched the distribution of this week’s showlist. June was up $.07 at $111.35 and August was down $.40 at $108.52.Feeder cattle... (full story)

When field conditions become conducive for planting, several possible scenarios exist for the management of existing weed vegetation.  One possible scenario is that planting will occur before any type of […] (full story)

Farmers and farm businesses in southeastern Iowa can learn about the latest crop production research and trends during the Iowa State University Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm spring field day […] (full story)

Executive branch policy action last week resulted in some very welcome good news for U.S. agriculture.  Metal import tariffs on Canada and Mexico were lifted, improving the outlook for the USMCA […] (full story)

Corn planting in Nebraska reached 70 percent as of Sunday, compared to the five-year average of 86 percent. Corn emergence was 27 percent, well behind the 49 average. Soybean planting was at 40 percent, compared to the 54 average. Seven percent of... (full story)

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange started the week mostly higher while cash markets remain quiet. May Class III milk down a penny at $16.29.  June up six cents at $16.51.  July four cents higher at $16.76.  August up two... (full story)

Wet conditions hindered planting progress in Ohio this week. Corn is 9 percent planted, compared to 69 percent a year ago and the five-year average of 62 percent. Soybeans are 4 percent planted, compared to 47 percent a year ago and the five-year... (full story)

CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures pushed higher again today with gains of 4-3/4 to 6-1/4 cents, as Sep lead today's futures rally, closing at 3.96-3/4. Nearby Jul gained 5-3/4, closing at 3.89, its highest close since late Feb. New crop Dec closed 6-1/4 ... (full story)

The president of the Missouri Corn Growers Association says it’s good to have tariffs lifted on all sides on the US-led steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, “It’s a major win for the corn industry and it looks like, you know, we finally... (full story)

The USDA says a cool and dry start to the week gave Indiana farmers a brief window for planting. Farmers were able to make some progress with corn and soybean planting before rain arrived again later in the week. Corn is 14 percent planted, compared... (full story)

Photo courtesy Iowa Soybean A few days of drier weather last week allowed Iowa farmers to make some good planting progress. Corn planting in the state stood at 70 percent as of Sunday, a 22 point increase from a week ago. However, that is still the... (full story)

Probably High Enough for Now (full story)

Nearly four days of ideal conditions helped Michigan farmers get a start on planting last week. USDA says 68 percent of oats, 74 percent of sugarbeets, 19 percent of corn and 10 soybeans are now planted. Winter wheat condition is now 41 percent good... (full story)

Alltech has recently announced a partnership with Cornerstone, a subsidiary of Pipestone Veterinary Services, to ramp up their efforts in the fight against African Swine Fever.   Alltech CEO Mark Lyons says they’re building upon the research... (full story)

Milk production during April continued its monthly decline but is up slightly on the year while the herd continues to contract. USDA says production in the U.S. was up one-tenth of a percent to 18.4 billion pounds with production per cow up 21... (full story)

Corn planting moved ahead last week in Missouri to 60 percent complete, but that’s still 33 percentage points behind last year. Corn emergence is 44 percent. Nine percent of soybeans have been planted – almost 50 percentage points behind this time... (full story)

Soybeans were higher on speculative and technical buying, taking back part of Friday’s losses. Most forecasts have more rain and possible severe weather in key U.S. growing areas for much of this week. That’s delaying soybean planting, but also... (full story)

USDA Crop Progress Report (full story)

The USDA reports another slow week for national corn, soybean, and spring wheat planting. Some key growing areas were able to make at least some progress last week, but others weren’t as lucky and most of the Corn Belt is expected to see... (full story)

The decision to claim prevented planting is always a tough one. It’s even more difficult this year because of market and policy uncertainties. University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey says one question is how USDA will structure the next... (full story)

Jul. corn closed at $3.89, up 5 and 3/4 centsJul. soybeans closed at 8.31 and 3/4, up 10 centsJul. soybean meal closed at $297.30, up $3.00Jul. soybean oil closed at 27.50, up 28 pointsJul. wheat closed at $4.78 and 1/4, up 13 and 1/4 centsJun. live... (full story)

Dairy groups are celebrating Mexico and Canada lifting tariffs on U.S. dairy exports. As the U.S. removes steel and aluminum tariffs, Mexico’s retaliatory tariff on U.S. cheese exports and Canada’s on U.S. yogurt will end immediately. U.S. Dairy... (full story)

The Organic Trade Association says U.S. organic sales pushed pasted the $50 billion mark to a new record. Total organic sales were up more than six percent to $52.5 billion with new records set for organic food and non-food products. Organic produce... (full story)

See What Report States (full story)

Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee have created several bipartisan taskforces to address temporary tax provisions that expired or will expire between December 2017 and December 2019.   Kurt Kovarik, vice president of federal affairs with... (full story)

Canada’s foreign minister says it’s full steam ahead on the USMCA now that the U.S. is lifting steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico. Chrystia Freeland told CBC Radio the Canadian government is ready to move forward with ratification of the... (full story)

Planting is slow and prices are rising but producers still need to make the right call when it comes to marketing. (full story)

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Missouri soybean growers have invested checkoff funds in testing that could result in higher blends of renewable biodiesel. Tom Steever spoke to Scott Fenwick, Technical Director, National Biodiesel Board, who says they’re looking at different types... (full story)

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