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The coronavirus outbreak is a black swan event no one in the ag industry was expecting. In this Managing for Profit Ken Zuckerberg, CoBank lead grain and farm supply economist, outlines some of the areas they’re watching as it relates to... (full story)


Click to view report AMS_2210.pdf in PDF format (full story)


Loan program is now available to help small businesses keep employees ...           (full story)


An agricultural economist says farmers need to act immediately if they want to take part in the Payroll Protection Program under the CARES Act. Joy Kirkpatrick with the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Dairy Profitability Center says,... (full story)


It was a wild start to Q2 with cattle markets making new lows, grain selling off and a record surge in unemployment. Payroll protection applications started to be accepted on Friday with the US economy on edge as the COVID-19 continue to spread and create an induced coma for businesses. USDA... (full story)


In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Prospective Plantings | Ag Financial Pounding | 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)


Got a few reoccurring questions over the last week, so I thought I would share a few thoughts with you. (full story)


Nitrogen (N) fertilization is a costly operation for most row crop producers. Consequently, it is important to implement best management practices (BMP) available for N fertilizer application in order to […] (full story)


USDA issued its Prospective Plantings report for 2020 on the last day of March and it predicts that planted acreage of tobacco will decrease once again this year. After 227 […] (full story)


Grasshoppers have been a sporadic pest of seedling cotton for 10 or more years. Growers reported observing high numbers of adult grasshoppers during harvest season in fall 2017. (full story)


There are some basic management practices that can affect, sometimes worsen, and other times be used to reduce risks of insect pest injury. (full story)


Wall Street Journal writers Kirk Maltais and Joe Wallace reported this week that, “Consumers are loading up on pasta, rice and bread. Farm supply lines are disrupted. Countries are restricting agricultural exports. […] (full story)


According to the March 31 USDA Prospective Plantings report, U.S. total spring-planted wheat area is expected to fall to 12.6 million acres (5.1 million hectares), down 1 percent from 2019/20, if realized. […] (full story)


The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the retail grocery Weis Markets (WMK). I found the stock by using Barchart's 52 Week High list and since there were only 5 I used the Flipchart feature to review the charts for consistent price appreciati... (full story)


Average spot quotations were 268 points lower than the previous week, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. Quotations for the base quality of cotton (color […] (full story)


On Friday, March 27, 2020, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, the 3rd FY2020 Coronavirus Supplemental Appropriations Act.  At a reported appropriation of $2 trillion, the bill is […] (full story)


More down side for cattle and hogs (full story)


  Market Watch with Alan Brugler April 3, 2020 Some Kind of Ugly  “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.” ― Dorothy Parker “If you think something is ugly, look harder. Ugliness is just a failure of seeing.” ― Matt... (full story)


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A spring burndown program in corn and soybean provides effective weed control to prepare for planting and helps to decrease the seedbank during the season. (full story)


Southeast Georgia Extension Pecan Specialist Andrew Sawyer discusses early bud break and discusses scab management with Dr. Tim Brenneman in this episode of the South Georgia Pine Podcast. (full story)


Lean hog futures closed with $4.25 to $4.50 losses in the front months. April hogs were $18.23 lower wk/wk. The April 1 CME Lean Hog Index was another $1.38 lower to $63.08, nearly $22 premium to April futures with just 10 trade session until expirat... (full story)


Cattle futures closed Friday with $0.30 to $4.50 losses; they will trade with expanded limits on Monday. Feeder cattle futures dropped $2.42 to $3.55 on Friday, for April that pushed them $12.82 lower wk/wk. The April 2 CME Feeder Cattle Index was $1... (full story)


At Friday’s close corn futures were a 1/4 to a penny higher in Sept and Dec contracts, while May and July contracts were lower. May corn was 15 1/4 cents lower from Friday to Friday. Private exporters reported a sale 567,000 MT of corn to China. De... (full story)


Soybeans closed the last trading day of the week 2 to 4 1/2 cents lower. For May futures that was a wk/wk drop of 27 1/4 cents. Soymeal futures closed higher than the midday lows but still down by $5.90/ton. The weekly drop for May meal futures total... (full story)


Cotton closed the Friday session 96 to 122 points higher. From Friday to Friday, cotton was 31 points lower. Cotton speculative traders were 17,274 contracts net short. Open interest was 4,125 contracts higher wk/wk with 2,019 more new sellers than b... (full story)


At Friday’s close corn futures were a 1/4 to a penny higher in Sept and Dec contracts, while May and July contracts were lower. May corn was 15 1/4 cents lower from Friday to Friday. Private exporters reported a sale 567,000 MT of corn to China. De... (full story)


Friday gains in the wheat market were not enough to erase the earlier drops. SRW wheat futures gained 7 1/2 cents, but were down 22 cents wk/wk. May KC wheat was up 8 cents on Friday, but down 13 3/4 cents wk/wk. Spring wheat futures were 5 1/2 cents... (full story)


State officials have adopted an emergency regulation that will give pesticide applicators in South Carolina the opportunity to extend renewal of their operating licenses until the end of the year. […] (full story)


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Shippers Ask FMC To Publish Container Availability Rule On March 16, a group of 67 trade associations sent a letter asking the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) chairman to finalize and […] (full story)


With the appearance of COVID-19 earlier this winter, we believe that US agriculture has found itself in a multi-crisis situation. We are facing the development of a farm financial crisis, […] (full story)


CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures finished mixed with front month May closing 2-3/4 cents lower and 330-3/4 and December futures 1 cent higher at 350-3/4. Despite gains are near 5 cents on the overnight and a rebound in energy prices this week with May c... (full story)


A limited group of soybean growers using LL GT27 soybeans will soon have access to a corresponding HPPD herbicide, BASF’s Alite 27 herbicide, which contains isoxaflutole. The GT27 soybean trait […] (full story)


Summary This U.S. Drought Monitor week saw an active weather pattern impact various parts of the conterminous U.S.—including the western U.S. which continued to experience below-normal temperatures and snow showers […] (full story)


There have not been significant changes to the incipient drought situation since the release of the April – June seasonal drought outlook. Recent forecasts for the western U.S. have changed […] (full story)


With the critical need for respirators and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care, there is a potential shortage of PPE, particularly N95 respirators, in the marketplace for agriculture […] (full story)


Based on 5 algo trading strategies developed with the Strategy Factory approach and 4 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for Bitcoin is NEUTRAL. (full story)


Based on 4 algo trading strategies developed with the Strategy Factory approach and 3 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for Euro Currency is BEARISH. (full story)


Based on 8 algo trading strategies and 4 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for S&P500 is NEUTRAL. (full story)


Food Purchasing Dynamics Wall Street Journal writer Kirk Maltais reported this week that, “Consumers’ rush to buy groceries is fueling a rally in orange-juice prices, making the usually sedate asset the best-performing commodity in […] (full story)


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Supply Side Rally Play (full story)


Margin Resources & Monthly Live Cattle Chart, Trading Levels 4.06.2020 & Weekly Levels (full story)


At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day mixed, mostly higher on spread adjustments.  Feeder cattle were lower, except one deferred contract, on the continued weakness in the cash trade and wholesale values, with... (full story)


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation today announced interest rates for April 2020, which are effective April 1-April 30, 2020. The Commodity Credit Corporation borrowing rate-based charge for […] (full story)


May corn closed at $3.30 and 3/4, down 2 and 3/4 cents May soybeans closed at $8.54 and 1/4, down 4 and 1/2 cents May soybean meal closed at $303.20, down $5.90 May soybean oil closed at 26.43, up 19 points May wheat closed at $5.49 and 1/4, up 7 and... (full story)