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In this week’s AgFax Weekend – ARC, PLC Payment Calculator | Irrigation vs. Dryland | Even More Trade Questions | and more. (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)


Application Timing for Rice Stink Bug in Late Rice Over the past week we have gotten multiple calls about some growers not wanting to spray for rice stink bug in […] (full story)


Harvest Progress Initial yield reports have been mixed. The general idea is that yields are down some from last year, which was expected considering that exceptional crop. Some lower yields […] (full story)


Market Watch with Alan Brugler August 23, 2019 Stop the Carousel   Stop the carousel, I want to get off! Like a scary movie where the carousel keeps whirling faster and faster, just about everyone is getting... (full story)


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the USDA Office of the Chief Economist has published a detailed accounting of how estimated damage from trade disruptions was calculated […] (full story)


“When It Rains It Pours.” So goes the Morton salt slogan…and cotton prices seem to be pouring lower and lower each week. December declined 192 points on the week, falling […] (full story)


Jay Crouch, ag agent in Newberry County – and who also covers much of the upstate – reported that “kudzu bug immatures are building in soybeans with very low incidence […] (full story)


Ten years ago, I stood in a peanut field planted in late April surveying significant damage from spotted wilt.  One year later in 2010, and for the next 8 years, […] (full story)


A new viral disease of cotton found in recent years in several southeastern U.S. states has now been confirmed in Texas. The disease, cotton blue disease, was observed recently in […] (full story)


Soybeans futures finished Friday’s trade session 10 1/4 to 12 3/4 cents lower. Meal futures were down $3.80/ton, with soy oil down 20 points. China announced a 5% increase to the tariffs on US soybeans, taking them to 30% starting on Sept. 1. Presi... (full story)


Lean Hog futures ended down the limit in Oct, with nearby contracts $2.225 to $2.775. The CME Lean Hog Index was down 36 cents at $77.04 on August 21. The USDA pork carcass cutout value is down $.29 on Friday morning at $79.65. The national average b... (full story)


Live cattle futures ended Friday trading 35 cents lower in Aug and down $1.7 in Oct. Feeder cattle futures were down $1.05 to $ 3.175 in most contracts. USDA showed cattle on feed for August 1 at 11.112 million head, 0.17% larger than last year but b... (full story)


Corn futures were cents 2 1/4 to 3 1/2 cents lower at Friday’s close. The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour reported a projected a total corn yield of 163.3 bpa, with production at 13.358 bbu on 81.8 million harvested acres. For the week speculators in ... (full story)


Wheat futures were mixed across the three markets Friday, with MPLS up 1/4 cents, KC was down by 1 3/4 cents, with CBT higher by 8 cents. Managed money in CBOT flipped their net position to short 1,249 contracts as of 8/20 a move of 5,337 contracts. ... (full story)


Corn futures were cents 2 1/4 to 3 1/2 cents lower at Friday’s close. The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour reported a projected a total corn yield of 163.3 bpa, with production at 13.358 bbu on 81.8 million harvested acres. For the week speculators in ... (full story)


Cotton futures closed trading lower by 63 to 80 points lower day. China announced addition tariffs on several US ag goods this morning in retaliation to the US tariff implementation on $300 billion in Chinses goods in September and December. Of those... (full story)


Farmers probably would like to forget the 2019 rice crop, which has been plagued by low yields. Bad weather from the start of the growing season through harvest is being […] (full story)


Understanding of the weed seed bank is crucial for successfully using integrated weed management. Weed seeds are deposited into the seed bank at the end of the season and are […] (full story)


Bullying used to be something that happened on the playground. Now it’s evolved into a vicious trend that’s spread across the internet, particularly within the realms of social media.  According to a  Reportlinker study,  71% of young generations... (full story)


President Trump is raising the existing tariffs on China.  Trump said in a tweet Friday afternoon China should not have announced a counter-tariff on 75-billion dollars’ worth of U.S. products, which he called “politically... (full story)


On the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Trey Hill of Harborview Farms, is using planting green (i.e. planting cash crops into green, living cover crops) as a way of enhancing the […] (full story)


Cocoas main stories have been on repeat this year supply/demand, global uncertainty, grinding data, all have created volatility in the futures. (full story)


The Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee says the current trade problem with China could have been resolved prior to China’s WTO membership. Reacting to China’s additional tariffs on U.S. goods, Democrat Collin Peterson of Minnesota said... (full story)


The first-vice-president of the National Corn Growers Association says they appreciate the way the USDA calculated trade damage payments in this second round of the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Kevin Ross tells Brownfield Ag News, “We... (full story)


Taylor Clarke, Farmer and Extension Agent from Brunswick County, VA, discusses how he transformed his tobacco-based family farm into a soybean-based system by introducing cover crops. After five years of […] (full story)


For some, August has brought some rain showers which have helped. While others have received nary a drop. So, this patchwork of wet and dry has made it difficult to […] (full story)


A market analyst says the China trade war is the main, overshadowing factor for the bearish commodity market because of how China is targeting agriculture, “The commodities do not have, at this point, from the day that they’ve been presented... (full story)


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Great Lakes livestock producers are wondering what wolf management might look like IF gray wolves are de-listed from the Endangered Species List. North-central Minnesota cattle rancher Miles Kuschel says because wolves are protected, the most he... (full story)


Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were modestly to sharply lower on the lower midday boxed beef and unconfirmed reports of a higher Chinese tariff on U.S. beef. The USDA’s Cattle on Feed report looks mostly neutral to slightly... (full story)


GENERAL Triple digit temperatures have set in the area, causing stress on area crops. It has been almost a month since the county has received a good rain, and when […] (full story)


The vice president of Minnesota Farmers Union is seeing heartbreak across rural America as farmers struggle to stay in business. Bryan Klabunde says he encountered a woman at a recent farm show in southwest Minnesota who told him her dad is a... (full story)


Nebraska farmers were looking forward to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue’s appearance at a town hall event at the Nebraska State Fair on Friday. However his visit was cancelled at the last minute, apparently because of weather-related travel issues. ... (full story)


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Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed in mixed trade Friday as did cash trade which was relatively flat. August Class III milk futures up two cents at $17.59.  September down a penny at $17.22.  October six cents lower... (full story)


For the last couple of weeks I’ve been getting asked about leaf spots in cotton and the majority of them have been leaf spot complex. (full story)


Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, with losses accelerating after new tariff news. China’s Ministry of Commerce raised its tariff on U.S. soybeans to 30%, effective September 1st, ahead of the G7 meeting and next month’s negotiations... (full story)


During the weekend, heat will re-intensify on the southern High Plains and persist across much of the Southwest and Intermountain West. In contrast, cool air will deepen its grip by early next week across the northern Plains and upper Midwest. ... (full story)


Across the Corn Belt, a few showers linger across the Ohio Valley in the wake of a departing cold front. Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest, raising concerns about delayed maturation for late-planted corn and soybeans. Since the... (full story)


A grain trader says reduced ethanol production and closed facilities has disrupted the flow of grain for the foreseeable future. “You create some oversupply situations in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and other tributary states that just adds to the... (full story)


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The USDA says placements of cattle into feedlots were down in July, the third month in a row with a decrease. At 1.705 million head, that’s down 2% on the year, with concerns about profitability and tighter supplies of replacement feeders.... (full story)


Sep. corn closed at $3.59 and 3/4, down 3 and 1/2 cents Sep. soybeans closed at $8.43 and 1/4, down 12 and 3/4 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $289.90, down $3.80 Sep. soybean oil closed at 28.34, down 20 points Sep. wheat closed at $4.75 and 1/4,... (full story)


American Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Dale Moore says the updated tomato suspension agreement between Mexico and the U.S. could serve a model for other specialty crops facing increasing pressure from imports. “As Mexico’s productivity has... (full story)


Yield potential in corn is influenced at several stages of growth and development. Ear size potential (number of potential kernels) is determined quite early, from about leaf stage V6 to […] (full story)


By Jennifer Brown, NutriQuest This market update is a PorkBusiness.com weekly column reporting trends in weaner pigs. All information contained in this update is for the week ended Aug. 23. Looking at hog sales in March 2020 using April 2020... (full story)


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On Friday Pro Farmer released their 2019 yield estimates for corn and soybeans. Pro Farmer analysts estimate 2019 corn production at 13.358 billion bu. with an average yield of 163.3 bu. per acre. They estimate soybeans at 3.497 billion bu. with an... (full story)


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