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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)

Despite all of the distractions associated with COVID-19 lately, our NCDA&CS seed inspectors and seed lab have been hard at work on the new NCDA&CS Pilot Program for Cotton Seed. […] (full story)

Farmers are being urged to avoid potential spread of the coronavirus at seed delivery time. Rusty Lee is a field agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension. He tells Brownfield Ag News, “Go ahead and ask them ahead of time not to use... (full story)

May Class III milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange down 70 cents to $12.18.  June 47 lower at $13.13.  July through September contracts 26 to 40 cents lower. Dry whey steady at $0.33. Blocks down $0.12 to $1.15. Barrels... (full story)

Beijing gave the world a 30% drop in cotton prices with its coronavirus. Ditto the Dow Jones. Yet, this week seemed to offer a bit of market cooling as some […] (full story)

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, the third day in a row with losses, putting the cap on a bearish week. Contracts were up early but unable to follow through, expecting at least some increase in U.S. acreage and watching the broader... (full story)

The world’s six largest grain companies have gotten approval to launch a digital trading platform that will use blockchain technology. The co-founders of the new Covantis are ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Louis Dreyfus Company – along with Glencore... (full story)

U.S. Grains Council CEO Ryan LeGrand has a succinct response to USDA’s prospective planting estimate of 97 million corn acres. “That’s a lot of corn that needs to be moved, both internally and outside of the United States’... (full story)

Planting is underway in some parts of Illinois, but one farmer says it is shaping up to be another tough year. “Depending on what the weather does, it could be as tough, if not even tougher than last year.” Daryl Cates farms corn, soybeans and... (full story)

Based on 8 algo trading strategies developed with the Strategy Factory approach and 4 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for Gold is BULLISH. (full story)

Based on 9 algo trading strategies developed with the Strategy Factory approach and 4 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for Crude Oil is BEARISH. (full story)

The senior vice president of refined fuels for CHS is concerned about maintaining diesel inventories through the spring. Jason Schwantz says the market is well supplied.  But since refineries make both gasoline and diesel fuel, it’s possible a... (full story)

A dairy marketing checkoff group says it is hard to understand what’s happening in the dairy industry right now. Chad Vincent Chad Vincent with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin says dumping milk while stores are limiting how many gallons consumers... (full story)

The chairman of the FCC has proposed a 5G fund for rural America in areas that would likely go unserved otherwise. Ajit Pai says the fund would distribute up to $9-Billion dollars across the country for 5G connectivity. The FCC is seeking... (full story)

I follow many trading products using the same mathematical formulas for intraday, daily and weekly trends. (full story)

A state Farm Bureau President says dairy producers everywhere that are forced to dump milk or cut production need to keep accurate records of everything.  Joe Bragger from Wisconsin tells Brownfield he just spoke to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue about... (full story)

This week's column looks at a rising oil market & the potential impact of storms this year. (full story)

China continues to struggle with African swine fever in its hog herds.  The Chinese government recently confirmed two new cases of ASF in the Gansu province in northern China. Several other cases have been reported over the past month. INTL... (full story)

Agriculture in the Classroom programs are adapting to the COVID-19 outbreak. Courtney Schaardt with Nebraska Ag in the Classroom (AITC) says they’re offering more virtual at-home learning resources for teachers, students and parents. “We know... (full story)

An ag economist says while ag retailers are well-positioned to meet their customer’s needs, the elephant in the room is the coronavirus outbreak and how it could derail input supply chains. Ken Zuckerberg is lead grain and farm supply economist... (full story)

What do chess and the epidemic have in common? What is the difference between linear and exponential growth? Should we really worry about this pandemic? And last but not least, how will the COVID-19 crisis affect the gold prices? We invite you thus to read our todays article and find out... (full story)

Two important things happened yesterday. And no, the ridiculous rally in crude oil wasnt one of them. Yes, it was ridiculous, because it was clearly based on just one indication from Trump that was not backed by anything, and in the crude oil market, it is rather common to hear about the... (full story)

The gold futures contract has gained 2.91% on Thursday. It retraced some of the recent decline, as the price got back above $1,600 mark again. The yellow metal continues to fluctuate following last weeks Mondays Tuesdays rally. On Tuesday, gold was declining following news about Russias... (full story)

The markets were chaotic again this week. Joe does hit best to breakdown the situation. Jobless claims spiked to a record high as coronvirus halts economic activity in the United States. Energy prices have fallen sharply amid reduced demand and... (full story)

Farmers might decide to hold onto grain longer than originally planned as markets respond negatively to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bill Donovan, a deputy regional administrator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), says he’s... (full story)

Direct cash cattle trade activity has been quiet.  Zero bids have surfaced since the very, very light trade that took place on Wednesday.  Asking prices are around $112 to $115 live in the South and $183 plus dressed in the North.  Deals earlier in... (full story)

House Agriculture Committee chairman Collin Peterson is confident the Small Business Administration will let farms participate in the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The Minnesota Democrat says he’s been working with Ag Secretary Perdue to... (full story)

Corn futures are down by as much as 5 1/4 cents in the front months. Private exporters reported a sale 567,000 MT of corn to China. Delivery for the sale is spilt with 504,000 MT for 2020/21 delivery and the remaining 69,000 for old crop. Census data... (full story)

Corn futures are down by as much as 5 1/4 cents in the front months. Private exporters reported a sale 567,000 MT of corn to China. Delivery for the sale is spilt with 504,000 MT for 2020/21 delivery and the remaining 69,000 for old crop. Census data... (full story)

Cotton is up 68 to 96 points on Friday trading so far. The dollar is stronger, and equity futures are modestly lower. Census data for February cotton exports totaled 1.97 million (480-lb) bales. That was 32.7% above Feb ’19. USDA’s GAIN report re... (full story)

After closing 5 to 11 cents lower on Thursday, wheat is trading 5 to 6 cents higher so far on Friday. SRW wheat futures are 6 1/2 cents higher in May, with May KC wheat back up by 6 3/4 cents. May Spring wheat futures are 5 1/4 cents higher. Weekly w... (full story)

After falling by the expanded limits on Thursday, the front month futures are down another $0.45 to $3.87. April options expire today, with a huge range of pin candidates in play. Feeder futures are down another $1.95 to $2.62 at midday. The April 1 ... (full story)

Midday trading in the soy market has May beans 7 1/2 cents lower, while the other front months are trading with 4 to 6 1/2 cent losses. Soymeal futures are down by $8.50/ton in May. Bean oil futures are up by 20 points. NASS revised February soybean ... (full story)

Lean hog futures continue to fall, with the Jun contracts already at the expanded limit threshold. April is $2.65 lower so far. The April 1 CME Lean Hog Index was another $1.38 lower to $63.08, nearly $20 premium to April futures with just 10 trade s... (full story)

(Reuters) - The U.S. biofuel industry has asked the Trump administration for funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation to help it survive a demand slump triggered by the coronavirus outbreak, according to a letter... (full story)

FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas is reassuring Americans that the food supply remains safe. Yiannas says there are no nation-wide shortages of food and there is no evidence linking food or food packing to the transmission of the... (full story)

Indiana State FFA Officers are adjusting to a new normal after chapter banquets, district conventions, spring career development events were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The seven state officers typically live and work together... (full story)

It would be tough to find a 24-month period during which the federal government shoveled as much financial aid and comfort to agriculture as 2018-2020.  The last two years or so have seen the perfect storm of trade wars, the COVID 19 pandemic, both... (full story)

CORN Corn futures are lower again today after a slight jump to start the morning. May corn is down 0.025 to 3.31, July is down 0.0175 to 3.3675 and Dec is up 0.0025 to 3.50. Prices benefited from some early optimism that next week’s emergency OPEC... (full story)

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