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1. Automate as much as possible.  Heidi Fischer, co-ownerof Fischer-Clark Farms,says making the facilities work for you is critical. “Try to automate as much as you can, whether that’s alley scrapers or equal pen sizes for ease of moving,” she... (full story)


AUD remains under pressure as USDCHN keeps moving away from the low while HSI seems under pressure. (full story)


Yesterday, the Fed released minutes from its last meeting . They show an important shift among the meeting participants. In September, the FOMC turned more worried about the state of the U.S. economy, while just six weeks later in October, the Committee felt more optimistic again. (full story)


Arabica Coffee (KC) surged a massive near 5% yesterday (and over 6% at one point) on the continuous contract, launching from the psychologically key 1.1 whole figure level and decisively breaking triangle/wedge resistance (on the 4hr chart) and an ascending wedge resistance line (on the daily... (full story)


Russell decline from Nov 5, 2019 high is corrective and pullback should find support in 3, 7, 11 swing. This article looks at the Elliott Wave path. (full story)


In this month’s Crop Production report, the U.S. average yield forecast for soybeans is fractionally lower at 46.9 bushels per acre. This month’s yield changes shaved only 304,000 bushels from […] (full story)


The 2019/20 U.S. rice production forecast was lowered 0.7 million cwt this month to 187.9 million based on a lower yield. Beginning stocks and imports were unchanged. The smaller crop […] (full story)


Challenging weather has impacted the 2019 wheat production forecast for several key exporting countries. In the U.S., early winter weather cut into harvested area estimates, lowering all wheat production by […] (full story)


The NASS Crop Production report lowered yield for the 2019/20 corn crop by 1.4 bushels per acre, resulting in a 118.3-million-bushel cut in production to 13,661 million bushels, and supplies […] (full story)


Summary Following a harsh, early-season cold outbreak, which peaked from November 11-14 across the central and eastern United States, temperatures began to rebound. Although cool conditions lingered for several days […] (full story)


A favorable time of year for soil moisture recharge throughout the outlook period support drought improvement and removal along and east of the Mississippi River. Improvement and removal are also […] (full story)


Waterborne Grain Volumes Increase on the Mississippi For the week ending November 16, grain volumes transiting the locks on the Mississippi River were the second-highest in 2019. Last week, 888,976 […] (full story)


Georgia peanut producers’ yields are looking better than previously thought, according to the November Crop Production Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Georgia’s 2019 peanut crop is […] (full story)


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)


Market Snapshot - Thursday 11.21.19 (full story)


It has been another quiet week in the rice market as the harvest progresses and the market indicators have remained fairly constant. Export sales for the week was higher as […] (full story)


Thursday concluded with soybean futures in the red as deep as 4 cents. Soybean meal finished with a gain of $1.20/ton. Bean oil was 51 points lower. Soybean Export sales were above expectations, with the USDA weekly update revealing net sales to be 1... (full story)


Hog futures did make a small bounce back on Thursday with the front months closing $0.20 to $1.175 in the black. The 11/19 CME Lean Hog Index recovered $0.29 $59.58. The USDA pork carcass cutout value fell by a sharp $5.11, butt was the only primal c... (full story)


Corn futures closed higher after Thursday’s round of trading by as much as 1 3/4 cents in the nearby contracts. A private export sale of 106,000 MT of 19/20 corn to unknown was reported this morning. Weekly corn export sales as of 11/14 were listed... (full story)


Corn futures closed higher after Thursday’s round of trading by as much as 1 3/4 cents in the nearby contracts. A private export sale of 106,000 MT of 19/20 corn to unknown was reported this morning. Weekly corn export sales as of 11/14 were listed... (full story)


Live cattle futures went against cash cattle prices, narrowing the basis. Dec futures are saw a modest 2 cent gain, but the other front months did not find support from the cash market, closing with losses by as much as 60 cents. Feeder cattle future... (full story)


Wheat futures never recovered on Thursday, closing with losses as low as 6 1/2 cents for the nearby contracts. The weekly Export Sales Report from the USDA came out this morning, showing that wheat was in line with expectations. The report indicated ... (full story)


Cotton finished the day with losses of 34 to 45 points. The USDA updated weekly export sales for upland cotton, revealing that for the week ending 11/14 a total of 227,600 RB were sold, which was 35.04% behind last week’s multi-year high for weekly... (full story)


USDA announced it is awarding more than $3.4 million to fund pilot projects to control feral swine in Arkansas. These projects are part of the Feral Swine Eradication and Control […] (full story)


An extension farm business management specialist is concerned about farmers turning to high-interest operating loans. David Bau with the University of Minnesota says going into 2019, he anticipated about 20 percent of farmers would be unable to... (full story)


Bipartisan legislation to strengthen rural healthcare has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Minnesota Democrat Tina Smith and Wyoming Republican John Barrasso are co-authors of the Strengthening Our Rural Health Workforce Act of 2019. Smith... (full story)


Update from Speaker Pelosi Staff re USMCA On November 20, 2019, Speaker Pelosi’s trade staff reached out to NAWG directly and provided us with an update on the standing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Staff informed NAWG that technical... (full story)


Bipartisan legislation to strengthen rural healthcare has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Minnesota Democrat Tina Smith and Wyoming Republican John Barrasso are co-authors of the Strengthening Our Rural Health Workforce Act of 2019. Smith... (full story)


A dairy industry leader says fluid milk sales have been difficult but Dean Foods filing for bankruptcy shouldn’t make them worse. Dairy economist Mark Stephenson with the University of Wisconsin says while Dean’s represents about a third of the... (full story)


In this interview with Brownfield, Beth Grabau, executive director of Iowa-based Veterans in Agricultur e, talks about the programs and resources they offer to help veterans who want to work on a farm or related agribusiness, or who aspire to farm... (full story)


Biofuels groups are hailing the approval of higher ethanol blends in the nation’s fourth-largest fuel market. Renewable Fuels Association CEO Geoff Cooper calls the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets’ decision to allow the sale of E15... (full story)


Continued from Page 1 Routes of transmission Still, big questions continued to plague researchers. How did PRRSV get here? Where did it come from? How is the virus transmitted? Understanding the routes of transmission was a big question, Philips... (full story)


CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures saw mild gains today, as the front month contract was 1-3/4 higher in Dec to 3.68-1/2. Mar was up 1-3/4 to 3.79. The corn market continues its choppy, sideways to lower trade despite gains today and did not break through... (full story)


At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day mostly lower on position squaring ahead of this week’s USDA report.  Feeder cattle were lower on the same factor with additional pressure from the day’s mostly steady to firm move... (full story)


Everywhere veterinarians turned, the “mystery disease” was devastating sow herds and wiping out pigs. It was causing incredible losses in reproductive herds — breeding failure, abortion storms and non-viable pigs at birth. The disease didn’t stop... (full story)


The director of agriculture in Missouri says South Korea’s agreement to open its market to more U.S. rice is good news for Bootheel farmers. “The amount of purchases that they’re going to be making is equal to 5.5 pounds of rice per person in... (full story)


The trade war with China has highlighted the need to develop other export markets for US agricultural goods. Undersecretary for Trade Ted McKinney says trade agreements with countries like China, Japan, and Canada and Mexico are important, but so... (full story)


Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange showed solid strength Thursday as cheese markets showed back up to work. November Class III milk up three cents at $20.37.  December up 25 cents at $18.69.  January 23 cents higher at... (full story)


An expert on Asian Economics says the US-Japan trade agreement did some things well, but, failed in some other areas. Matthew Goodman, with Washington, DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the House Ways and Means... (full story)


Dec. corn closed at $3.68 and 1/2, up 1 and 3/4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $9.01, down 4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $301.00, up $1.20 Dec. soybean oil closed at 30.69, down 51 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.09, down 6 and 1/2 cents Dec.... (full story)


Thanksgiving Day 2019 Holiday Schedule & Trading Levels 11.22.2019 (full story)


Soybeans were modestly lower on fund and technical selling, failing to follow through on the firm open. Weekly export numbers were bullish, larger than expected and China was the big buyer, but it’s been another week of conflicting signals about... (full story)


The United Soybean Board and Indianapolis-based Biosynthetic Technologies are introducing a biobased synthetic motor oil made with high oleic (oh-LAY-ick) soybean oil. During an 18-month fleet demonstration with army, naval and postal service... (full story)


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is casting doubt on passage of the USMCA trade deal by the end of the year. “I’m not even sure if we came to an agreement today that it would be enough time to finish,” she told reporters. Pelosi and House Ways and... (full story)


The UDSA has announced it will invest $42.5 million in more than 130 distance learning and telemedicine projects. The grants are being distributed to 37 states and two U.S. territories and will benefit 5.4 million rural residents. Deputy Under... (full story)


The Michigan Sugar Company plans to close its cane sugar refinery in southeast Michigan because of what it calls “supply chain inconsistencies.” Michigan Sugar purchased AmCane, based in Taylor, in 2016 to diversify into specialty and organic... (full story)


It Still Comes Down to "DEAL OR NO DEAL" (full story)


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As the holidays approach, will consumers planning to serve up a Thanksgiving or Christmas ham think twice due to price?  Ham prices are rising to levels not seen since 2014, when porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) was impacting the U.S. swine... (full story)


More red meat was produced during October than any other month on record, including an all-time high in pork production. The USDA says commercial red meat production was 5.064 billion pounds in October 2019, an increase of 3% from October 2018. Pork... (full story)


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