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The Nasdaq100 (NQ) tacked on another roughly 1.5% yesterday, and is back near the upper end of the range over the past 2 weeks. Significantly, NQ is nearing the end of 2 weeks of consolidation, with a break lower seemingly less likely for now. (full story)


The Philippines is investigating a rise in pig deaths in some areas for the deadly African swine fever (ASF) virus, although no cases of the virus have been confirmed yet. A crisis management team was organized after the Philippines Bureau of... (full story)


The Soy was under pressure today based on better rains received over the weekend. There is much to consider. (full story)


USDJPY recovers with eyes on 107.21 resistance zone. This is coming on the back of its Monday gain. (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 U.S. dairy industry has asked Robert Lighthizer and Sonny Perdue to work quickly to secure a trade deal with Japan.  In a letter sent Monday, more than 70 dairy companies, cooperatives, and associations signed onto a letter authored by... (full story)


Live cattle futures were up 17.5 to 27.5 cents in the front months on Monday. Feeder cattle futures closed Monday showing 32.5 cents to $1.10 higher The CME Feeder Cattle Index is down $1.27 on August 16 at $136.33. Wholesale boxed beef prices were h... (full story)


Cotton futures ended Monday 52 to 97 points lower. Parts of northern TX and the Southeastern US did receive some precipitation this weekend. The Crop Progress report tonight showed 85% of the UC cotton crop setting bolls, even with the average and 24... (full story)


Wheat futures were down 3 to 5 1/4 cents in the nearby contracts on Monday. The weekly Crop Progress report from NASS showed 93% of the winter wheat crop harvested as of August 18, a 4% move on the week and 5% below normal. The spring wheat crop was ... (full story)


Corn futures were down 5 3/4 to 6 1/4 cents on Monday as rains rolled across most of the Corn Belt over the weekend. The weekly Crop Progress report indicated that 55% of the US corn crop was in the dough stage (76% avg), with 15% dented (30% avg) as... (full story)


Lean Hog futures finished the day $1.70 to $2.075 higher on Monday. The CME Lean Hog Index was down 32 cents at $79.02 on August 15. The Fresh Bacon Index was up $19.70 in the week ending 8/16 at $219.02/cwt. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was... (full story)


Soybeans futures ended Monday’s trade session 12 3/4 to 13 1/4 cents lower. Meal futures were down $2.90/ton and soy oil 45 points lower. The US soybeans crop progress data shows 90% of the crop blooming (96% avg), with 68% setting pods (85% avg). ... (full story)


Corn futures were down 5 3/4 to 6 1/4 cents on Monday as rains rolled across most of the Corn Belt over the weekend. The weekly Crop Progress report indicated that 55% of the US corn crop was in the dough stage (76% avg), with 15% dented (30% avg) as... (full story)


A four-year trial on wheat seed choices and management scenarios showed a wide range of outcomes.  Shawn Conley with the University of Wisconsin says the study looked at what inputs farmers can use to reach 100 bushels per acre and more... (full story)


The Missouri man who pleaded guilty in an organic grain fraud scheme has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Randy Constant was sentenced in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He admitted to misleading customers into thinking they were... (full story)


Purdue photo Wally Tyner, the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Ag Economics at Purdue passed away after a brief illness Saturday. Tyner joined the Purdue faculty in 1977 after earning his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Texas Christian... (full story)


The owners of Valley Oaks Steak Company in western Missouri’s Johnson County have announced they are closing operations after a long and costly fight to expand their business. A statement on Valley Oak’s Facebook age says they “became a... (full story)


Images captured 5,000 feet above Greg Armes’ cotton fields are more than just pretty pictures.  The high-resolution photos taken by Ceres Imaging, based in Oakland, California, are intricate and colorful. […] (full story)


Rainfall helped some corn and soybean field in Ohio last week. According to the USDA, the state’s corn crop condition is 32 percent good to excellent with 83 percent silking and 37 percent in the dough stage. Soybeans are 81 percent... (full story)


Scattered rainfall brought some relief to crops in Indiana last week. According to the USDA, the corn crop condition is 32 percent good to excellent with 89 percent silking and 43 percent in the dough stage. Soybeans are 81 percent blooming... (full story)


At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures ended the day firm on carryover support from the hog market.  Feeder cattle futures closed higher, but off the session highs, on the same factor with additional support from the day’s... (full story)


As Pro Farmer Crop Tour scouts continue their journeys across the central U.S., they’re finding more and more variability. However, scouts from Nebraska are reporting positive findings. Follow along on Twitter at #PFTour19 . Things are looking... (full story)


CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures failed to follow through on Friday's strength as contracts were 4 to 6 cents lower. Front month Sep corn lost 6 cents to 3.65, while Dec corn lost 6-1/4 cents to 3.74-1/2. Despite today's weakness, Dec corn futures trade... (full story)


Nebraska’s crop condition ratings remain strong. As of Sunday, the good to excellent rating on corn was 74 percent, with soybeans at 72 percent and sorghum at 81 percent. Sixty-one percent of corn was in the dough stage, compared to 80 percent... (full story)


The sharp drop in cattle prices after the Tyson Foods packing plant fire in Kansas raised concerns with some producers. USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach says he is aware of those concerns. “Initially when the markets adjusted and reacted... (full story)


The crop condition needle moved in slightly different directions for Minnesota corn and soybeans last week. The latest report from USDA says corn rated good to excellent declined one percent to 55 percent. Soybeans improved a percent to 60... (full story)


Summer weather continues to push Arkansas crop progress.  According to the latest report from the USDA, 59 percent of the rice crop is rated good to excellent, 23 percent of the rice crop was mature and 84 percent of the crop is headed.  Soybeans... (full story)


Actionable ideas for the Dollar, Euro, Yen, Aussie and Canadian. (full story)


Hot and dry weather advanced crop progress across much of Tennessee last week.  According to the USDA’s latest weekly crop report, 74 percent of the soybean crop is rated good to excellent with 90 percent of the crop blooming and 73 percent... (full story)


Much needed rain fell across parts of Iowa last week. According to state climatologist Justin Glisan, the statewide weekly average precipitation was nearly one-and-a-half inches, ranging from a quarter inch in Charles City in northeast Iowa to... (full story)


DTN’s lead market analyst says five states will tell the story of the 2019 crop year. Todd Hultman tells Brownfield half of the 10 states looked at last week in a DTN digital crop tour have projected yields close to USDA estimates. “But... (full story)


Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were lower Monday ahead of a mostly neutral milk production report. August Class III milk futures unchanged at $17.62.  September down seven cents at $17.78.  October a nickel lower at... (full story)


University of Missouri plant pathologist Kaitlyn Bissonnette is now also the director of the university’s soybean cyst nematode diagnostics. She is, by her own admission, fascinated by the microscopic pests since her post-doctorate research into SCN... (full story)


Hogs recover some losses, Cattle can't hold onto its gains (full story)


Milk production during July was up slightly on the month and year. USDA says production in the U.S. was incrementally higher than last year at 18.3 billion pounds with production per cow up 17 pounds.  For the second quarter of the year,... (full story)


The Animal Ag Alliance is frustrated animal rights activists continue to target states that have a poor understanding of modern agriculture. Hannah Thompson-Weeman with the Alliance says activist groups want to take advantage of people who lack... (full story)


Whats next for cattle and hog futures? (full story)


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Live Cattle (October) Cattle futures started today’s session on a mission but failed to sustain that momentum into the afternoon session. As mentioned in our weekend report, the lack of enthusiasm after a hard break is a caution flag. We would... (full story)


A lack of rain in most of Michigan is creating very dry and uneven crop conditions. The USDA says the state’s corn crop condition remains at 40 percent good to excellent with 81 percent silking and 30 percent in the dough stage. Soybeans are... (full story)


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The USDA’s August crop production forecast delivered a shock to corn markets with much larger production than expected.  Market participants continue to question the size of the 2019 corn crop, […] (full story)


Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. The trade is waiting to see what’s next in talks with China, while watching the weather. As of Sunday, 90% of U.S. beans are blooming, compared to the five-year average of 96%, and 68% of the crop is... (full story)


John Deere reported a 3% sales decline for their third-quarter ending in July.  While construction and forestry divisions reported a sharply higher profit, the agricultural product sales are down with continued uncertainty on the farm. ... (full story)


The founder of a farm management software company says good record keeping will be critical given all the challenges of 2019. Pat Christie with Conservis tells Brownfield weather extremes and trade disruptions are stark reminders that farmers must... (full story)


Warm temperatures and scattered storms created excellent conditions for most of Wisconsin’s crops last week.  Both corn and soybeans are well into the pollination phase and grain is developing.  USDA reporters say corn development is... (full story)


When will the first hard freeze or killing frost (equal to or less than 28°F) date be this fall? This is a question a lot of folks are wondering about […] (full story)


How Long Will the Growing Season Last? (full story)


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