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Arabica Coffee (KC) slid 1% yesterday, closing just between the 38.2% and 50% Fib retrace of March's 1-1.3 rally. Significantly, although KC is back below the psychologically key 1.2 whole figure level, it remains poised to completing (as early as next week) its 2 week plus consolidation... (full story)

Gold rallies as an impulsive structure and can see further upside while above April 1 low. This article and video look at the Elliott Wave path. (full story)

Michigan Farm Bureau rapidly raised enough money to donate a million meals to families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Farm Bureau’s Noelle Nachreiner tells Brownfield the Million Meal Challenge was met quickly. “We kicked the... (full story)

Our weekly column looks at rising gold & eggs, while oil gives a surprise drop. (full story)

Market Watch with Alan Brugler and Austin Schroeder April 9, 2020 Take What You Can Get Last week, as most of you know, was “some kind of ugly” if you look at the weekly changes. Everything (almost) was in the red, and by a lot! But let’s not... (full story)

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Corn Acres Up, Usage Hopeful | Cash Flow Concerns | 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)

The USDA released their April WASDE report which only included minimal revisions to both the long grain and medium grain balance sheets. In fact, the only change to the long grain […] (full story)

A Missouri peach farmer was recently awarded $265 million after a jury found that his orchard was damaged by dicamba-based pesticides. Hundreds of similar lawsuits have been filed, and their […] (full story)

Federal crop insurance rules include an “Early” or “Initial Planting Date” for most crops.  This refers to the date when insurance coverage begins. In Arkansas, it’s April 11 for grain […] (full story)

Poor control of poa (annual bluegrass) and ryegrass have been the common calls of late.  This is becoming more common every spring.  It would appear that an increasing portion of […] (full story)

A thriving and productive land for subsequent generation is of uttermost importance to every farmer, rancher, or grower. This survey is designed to gather brief but valuable information on some […] (full story)

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 19.8 cents per pound for the week ending April 4, down 1.5 cents from the previous week. Marketings of […] (full story)

Preemergence herbicides are the foundation of herbicide-based weed management systems, and effective use of these products is essential to protect crop yields and reduce selection pressure for herbicide resistant weeds. (full story)

As the days warm and time gets closer to planting, certain residual herbicides can be applied prior to planting but timing is critical. (full story)

Herbicide labels include recommendations on how much time must elapse between herbicide application and subsequent rainfall to ensure good herbicide performance. This is known as the rainfast period. (full story)

On the last trading day of the week, lean hog futures were down $0.32 to $2.77. The CME Lean Hog Index was down by $2.55 at $52.97. The basis continues to weaken. The National Average Base Hog price was down 38 cents to $39.96. The April WASDE update... (full story)

Corn futures ended report day 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 cents higher. The USDA cut U.S. corn used for ethanol by 375 mbu, increased feed and residual use by 150, and left exports UNCH at 1.725 bbu vs. their March numbers. The updates left 2019/20 corn carryout ... (full story)

Cattle futures traded triple digits in both directions on Thursday, with April $1.17 higher and June contracts $2.30 lower. Feeder futures were lower by $1.45 in April, but the August contracts closed $1.32 higher. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was $11... (full story)

Cotton futures closed Thursday with gains of as much as 59 points in the front months. OPEC agreed to cut crude oil production, and oil prices “sold the fact” by closing near $23.11/ barrel. US cotton export sales from the week ending April 2 wer... (full story)

The wheat futures market ended higher after Thursday trading. KC HRW gained the most with May futures up 14 cents. Chicago wheat was 8 1/4 cents/bu higher in May, and May HRS wheat futures gained 2 1/2 cents. Weather forecasts contain several potenti... (full story)

Corn futures ended report day 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 cents higher. The USDA cut U.S. corn used for ethanol by 375 mbu, increased feed and residual use by 150, and left exports UNCH at 1.725 bbu vs. their March numbers. The updates left 2019/20 corn carryout ... (full story)

Soybeans futures closed the last trading day of the week with 8 to 9 1/4 cent gains. May soymeal futures were down by $0.30/ton at the close. May bean oil futures closed with 23 point gains. USDA updated the 2019/20 soybean projected carryout 55 mbu ... (full story)

The restrictions put in place to “flatten the curve” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic have had enormous and historically unprecedented impacts on U.S. gasoline consumption.  The latest weekly […] (full story)

The 2019/20 U.S. cotton supply and demand forecasts show sharply lower exports, lower consumption, and higher ending stocks compared with last month. A developing global economic slowdown with little precedent […] (full story)

U.S. soybean supply and use changes for 2019/20 include lower exports, seed use, and residual use, higher crush, and higher ending stocks. Soybean exports are reduced mainly on strong competition […] (full story)

The outlook for 2019/20 U.S. rice this month is for lower supplies, unchanged domestic use and exports, and reduced ending stocks. Supplies are lowered by 0.5 million cwt to 261.5 […] (full story)

This month’s 2019/20 U.S. corn outlook is for reduced imports, greater feed and residual use, lower food, seed, and industrial use, and larger stocks. Feed and residual use is raised […] (full story)

The outlook for 2019/20 U.S. wheat is for lower exports, reduced domestic use, and increased ending stocks. The NASS Grain Stocks report, issued March 31, implied less feed and residual […] (full story)

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in a commercial turkey flock in the southwest part of South Carolina. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) says the H7N3 strain was confirmed by the National Veterinary... (full story)

CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures finished quietly and with little change for the day or the week. May futures closed at 331-1/4, up 1 cent for the week. New crop December closed at 3.50-3/4, up 1-1/2 cents. Today’s Supply and Demand report increased c... (full story)

Agricultural producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) […] (full story)

A previous blog post mentioned a potential nitrogen (N) credit for a crop following a fallow situation. The current U of M guidelines suggest that up to a 75-pound N credit can […] (full story)

Wisconsin’s Ag Secretary says the coronavirus has impacted the Alice in Dairyland program. Acting Ag Secretary Randy Romanski says, “We do have to change the process this year.” Romanski says the Stay Home, Stay Safe orders mean the final... (full story)

The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the software security company Qualys (QLYS). I found the stock by sorting Barchart's Top Stocks to Own list first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then used the Flipchart functi... (full story)

FMC Initiates Fact Finding 29 On April 6, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced it will engage “Supply Chain Innovation Teams” to “identify actions that can provide immediate relief to […] (full story)

NAWG Signs On to COVID-19 Letter to Sec. Perdue On April 8, 2020, NAWG joined several organizations in sending a letter to USDA Secretary Perdue re COVID-19. The letter outlines severe impacts the COVID‐19 pandemic is causing throughout production... (full story)

As nutrient and land management practices continue to change, more growers are considering strip-till. Advances in equipment technology, GPS, and application control systems have helped to overcome many challenges growers […] (full story)

The coronavirus outbreak has added to tough times for renewable fuels, but an ethanol plant board member says renewable fuels are no worse off than any other business. The ethanol plant that Ron Alverson helped found in 1999 is producing about half... (full story)

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Chesterfield County, S.C. on Thursday. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in... (full story)

Calling all veterinary students. If you have an interest in research, specifically research related to zoonotic-based infectious diseases, consider the upcoming opportunities available from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). ... (full story)

I am working from home while IL has a Stay at Home order in effect until April 30.  My office cell is 312-651-4621.  My office phone 312-706-7610 will roll over to my cell phone if you call my trade desk.  This week we talk the April WASDE, what to look for in the May WASDE, and... (full story)

Summary This U.S. Drought Monitor week saw drought expansion across portions of the South (Louisiana, Mississippi) and Southeast (Florida) where warm and dry conditions prevailed during the past 90-day period […] (full story)

The president of the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), which represents packers and processors, says she’s grateful for all the efforts members are taking to keep workers safe. Julie Anna Potts tells Brownfield Ag News while there are cases of... (full story)

Good Friday Trading Schedule, ES Weekly Chart & Trading Levels for April 13th -17th (full story)

The outbreak of COVID-19 has changed consumer buying patterns and the Pork Checkoff is working to ensure pork is still a go-to at the meat case. Tara Ann Dugan, director of research and insights for the National Pork Board says they’ve... (full story)

Sporadic sunny skies after three months of steady rain have made planting a mixed bag in rice country in and around Missouri. On Blake Gerard’s operation in nearby Cairo, Illinois, […] (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle closed mostly lower on profit-taking and spread adjustments.  Feeder cattle were mixed on spread adjustments.  April live cattle closed $1.17 higher at $94 and June live cattle closed... (full story)

Soybeans were higher on short covering and technical buying, cementing a higher weekly finish ahead of Easter weekend. The USDA’s new supply and demand estimates were bearish as the department raised U.S. ending stocks and while it cut the outlook... (full story)

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported this week that, “As meatpacking plants and other food processors reduce capacity or temporarily close because of coronavirus cases, Vice President Mike Pence pointed to the vital nature […] (full story)

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