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Earlier this week, Bloomberg writers Isis Almeida and Agnieszka de Sousa reported that, “It’s not just grocery shoppers who are hoarding pantry staples. Some governments are moving to secure domestic food supplies during […] (full story)

April Class III milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange down 38 cents at $15.32.  May 69 lower at $13.87.  June through August contracts 58 to 73 cents lower Friday. Dry whey steady at $0.33. Blocks down $0.15 at $1.59. ... (full story)

A market expert says the ethanol production slowdown might cause a shift in livestock feed. Mike North with Commodity Risk Management Group says, “And so the price of DDG’s has risen over the course of the last several weeks, and... (full story)

Despite reports that African swine fever cases have dropped significantly in China, the CEO of the Minnesota Pork Producers says the virus remains a major threat to U.S. pork producers. David Preisler is skeptical about the transparency of the... (full story)

A recent survey by AgCareers.com asked 600 employees and candidates how COVID-19 is impacting their employment. Seventy-five percent of respondents said there was no change at all. But, 25 percent of employees experienced less hours, layoffs, or... (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day sharply lower on weakness in wholesale prices, broader market pressure, and follow-through selling.  Feeder cattle were lower on the same factors.  Feeder cattle will trade with expanded... (full story)

Missouri’s Agriculture Director says steps are being taken to keep the food supply chain going. Chris Chinn says the supply chain is trying to catch up with demand, “I think we’re on the right track to get that done now with extending the... (full story)

The executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association says the stimulus bill passed by Congress is appreciated but a short-term remedy and not a complete fix. Mike Deering tells Brownfield Ag News, “It’s unprecedented for us to ask for... (full story)

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A silver lining to the precipitous drop in energy markets is reduced fuel prices as farmers go into spring planting. Southwest Minnesota corn and soybean grower Bryan Biegler tells Brownfield diesel in the area is down more than 20 cents just in... (full story)

Summary Storms delivered much-needed precipitation to California’s key watershed areas before soaking an area from the southeastern Plains into the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys with as much as 2 to […] (full story)

In the summary of last Friday's Gold & Silver Trading Alert , we wrote the following: This rally might make one feel bullish - after all, the prices of miners are likely to soar soon. Please be sure to keep in mind that what we saw was the first big wave down of a much... (full story)

Soybeans were mixed on commercial spread adjustments, favoring nearby contracts over deferred months. It was an up and down day for beans, with pressure from the broader market against periodic support from traders trying to buy back some acreage... (full story)

Brownfield ag meteorologist Greg Soulje expects much of the Midwest to be dry and cool the first half of April. But he says the second half will probably be wetter. “So (the month) starts good, (but) gets worse. And a range of... (full story)

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A southeast Minnesota farmer says he’s fortunate to have marketed most of his 2019 crop before the coronavirus outbreak sunk prices. Ryan Buck of Goodhue tells Brownfield last year’s planting delays provided some opportunities to lock in some... (full story)

May corn closed at $3.46, down 2 and 3/4 cents May soybeans closed at $8.81 and 1/2, up 1 and 1/4 cents May soybean meal closed at $323.10, up 20 cents May soybean oil closed at 26.85, up 35 points May wheat closed at $5.71 and 1/4, up 2 and 1/4... (full story)

When it comes to improving the performance and overall health of pigs, many producers think about feed additives or antimicrobials first, said Sara Hough, DVM, DSM, senior regional technical services swine-North America.  “We need to get back to... (full story)

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An Illinois farmer says with the struggles of 2019 behind him, things are looking up for a better growing season this year. Tim Seifert farms corn and soybeans in Auburn, Illinois. He tells Brownfield an earlier plating date would be a good... (full story)

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Hopefully it’s not a freight train. The grain markets were dosed in positivity this week. July corn was up 2¢ and July soybeans were up 21¢ for the week ending March 27, 2020. May wheat was up 33¢. “That dead cat we mentioned last week bounce,”... (full story)

The sharp drop in ethanol prices has pushed many ethanol plants deeper into the red, forcing many of them to scale back production or idle plants completely. But what about the big drop in corn prices? Have they come down enough to allow plants to... (full story)

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 20.4 cents per pound for the week ending March 21, up 0.2 cent from the previous week. Marketings of […] (full story)

Peanut stocks reported in commercial storage on February 29, 2020 totaled 4.16 billion pounds of equivalent farmer stock, compared with 4.33 billion pounds a year ago. This total includes 3.42 […] (full story)

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated four Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Austin, Brooks, Hidalgo, and McMullen counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be […] (full story)

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated two Arkansas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to recent two recent disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of […] (full story)

The end of a tunnel? Is that a light? After losing about 20 cents in some 20 days, the cotton market appears ready to dig in and hold its ground. At […] (full story)

Peanut Price Highlights. Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 20.2 cents per pound for the week ending March 14, up 0.1 cent... (full story)

Shelled Edible Grade Season to Date Utilization Up 4 Percent from Last Year. Peanut Stocks in Commercial Storage Totaled 4.16 Billion Pounds... (full story)

Much of today’s session was spent with traders simply shoring up positions ahead of both the weekend and next week’s USDA reports. Futures were pressured today from renewed concerns over the global economy and reports that the Coronavirus Stimulu... (full story)

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U.S. producers received a big of good news in the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) export report released on Thursday. The report showed weekly corn sales rose to a marketing year high. The sale adds up to 1.8 million metric... (full story)

USDA is set to release its March Prospective Plantings report on Tuesday, March 31. Typically, acreage talk and banter dominates the market in March. However, this year, acreage discussions have been put on the backburner, due to COVID-19 and the... (full story)

The U.S. House has passed the coronavirus stimulus bill by voice vote. Many members rose in support of the CARE bill today, passed earlier by the Senate, that contains a number of agriculture provisions. Congressman Bill Huizenga of Michigan not only... (full story)

Embryo transfer can be a great tool to maximize a cow’s reproductive efficiency. Not only does it allow her to have multiple calves per year, but in can also boost the amount of offspring she has throughout her lifetime. By utilizing this tool,... (full story)

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Direct cash cattle trade is at a standstill.  The bulk of this week’s business has likely wrapped up.  Asking prices for the cattle that remain on showlists are at $120+ live in the South and $190 dressed in the North.  Trade got off to an early... (full story)

Covid-19 has been dominating all of the news channels, but there have been questions about how the virus could impact the ag sector. Dr. Jim Lowe is a professor of veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Illinois and is an expert on... (full story)

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Cattle futures are trading with front month Friday losses of $3.22 to $3.95 so far. April futures are more than $18 below current cash cattle prices. Feeder cattle futures are down $4.07 to $4.45 so far. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was up another $5.... (full story)

Lean hog futures are down the expanded limit in the May and June contracts, April hogs are $3.75 lower so far. The CME Lean Hog Index for March 25th was $66.17, up another $1.05, still ignoring the futures action. The National Average Base Hog price ... (full story)

Friday cotton is trading with midday losses of 43 to 85 points in the front months. Cotton sales from the weekly Export Sales report were 277,091 RBs. That was 19% lower wk/wk but 27% higher yr/yr. China accounted for 16.2% of the week’s sales, co... (full story)

Friday trades have corn futures lower by 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 cents in the front months. The national average corn basis from cmdtyView was -0.2868 on 03/27. That is the weakest basis since June 4th last year. Private exporters reported a large export sale... (full story)

The front month wheat futures are posting midday gains so far with Chicago leading the way. SRW futures are up 6 1/2 cents for May contracts. KC HRW futures are up 5 3/4 cents so far. May MPLS wheat is 2 1/4 cents higher at midday. Old crop wheat sal... (full story)

So far soybeans are trading 3 1/4 to 4 1/2 cents lower on Friday. Soybean meal futures are down 90 cents/ton for May contracts. May bean oil futures are in positive territory with a 13 point gain. The national average soybean basis from cmdtyView was... (full story)

Friday trades have corn futures lower by 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 cents in the front months. The national average corn basis from cmdtyView was -0.2868 on 03/27. That is the weakest basis since June 4th last year. Private exporters reported a large export sale... (full story)

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DJ Survey: 2020 U.S. Grain, Soybean Planting CHICAGO–The following are analysts’ estimates, in millions of acres, for U.S. grain and soybean planting, as compiled [...] (full story)

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