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grain markets flat ahead of USDA data due out at 11 AM CT. Cattle fundamentals supportive, but built in to last price rally (full story)

There's a USDA Report being released later today. Here's what our team will be watching for: (full story)

Yesterday the markets retreated with no economic news at all. Will the markets continue its downward trend? Read on to learn more... (full story)

Based on the early price action and the current price at 8328.50, the direction of the December E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index the rest of the session on Tuesday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the pivot at 8313.50. (full story)

Not much of change on 10 year US notes since yesterday (full story)

Based on the early price action, the direction of the NZD/USD the rest of the session on Tuesday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the main Fibonacci level at .6567. (full story)

The VIX (VX) bounced more than 16% yesterday on the spot index, as part of the effort over the last few weeks to rebound off downtrend support (on the weekly chart). Significantly, the VX is trying to form a higher December low versus the November low, with any break above the daily chart... (full story)

Last weeks economic data releases brought volatility to the financial markets. Stocks sold off following worse-than-expected PMI readings, then they got back up after Fridays huge Nonfarm payrolls beat. The price of gold rallied and then sold off. In the coming week we may see even more trading... (full story)

Gold, silver, and mining stocks reversed practically exactly at their double triangle reversal point and the short positions that we opened along with taking profits off the table from the previous long positions, became profitable almost instantly. Theres quite a decline to catch here, and... (full story)

DC_GR310 Manhattan, KS Tue December 10, 2019 Kansas Department of Agriculture Kansas Hay Market Report Ground/Grinding alfalfa movement: Southwest/South Central Tonnage: 12,664/8,408 Last week: 8,591/8,635 Last year: 9,475/6,002 Hay market... (full story)

Beef packer margins have declined $130 per head (35%) over the past month, including a $40 per head decline last week. Yet, packer margins remain at $255 per head, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. Cattle feeders saw their... (full story)

Soil sampling and testing are essential to determine soil properties and fertility levels to make good management decisions about fertilizer, manure, and lime application rates. Appropriate nutrient and amendment applications […] (full story)

Late last week, Wall Street Journal writers Grace Zhu, Eva Dou and Bob Davis reported that, “China’s trade negotiations with the U.S. remain on track, Beijing said, offering official reassurance after tensions flared […] (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 two major drivers of uncertainty impacting soybean prices in 2019 appear set to carry over into 2020.  The status of trade negotiations with China continues to move soybean markets […] (full story)

Garrett Riekhof says the actions that led to winning the Agriculture Future of America Young Leader in Agriculture Award come naturally. Tom Steever spoke to Riekhof who says he mentors because being mentored is still fresh in his mind. To find out... (full story)

Georgia pecans are headed to Taiwan and are expected to enter retail stores there by mid-December. The pecan purchase from a grower in Ocilla is a direct result of bilateral […] (full story)

Water meters are a necessary tool to determine water applications to the orchard. Having access to this near-real-time data can provide insight into the irrigation practices by helping determine if […] (full story)

USDA reminds insured producers nationwide who currently participate in Federal Crop Insurance and are facing a delay in harvesting their crop to contact their crop insurance agent and file a […] (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day mixed on spread trade ahead of widespread direct cash business.  Feeder cattle were mixed on the same factors.  December live cattle closed $.02 lower at $120.17 and February... (full story)

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Corn Futures finish the first day of the week with losses, nearby futures were 3/4 to 1 1/4 cents lower. After the close, The USDA released the final crop progress report for the 2019 season, indicating corn harvest had progressed 3 percentage points... (full story)

Front month bean futures finished in the black, with gains from 7 1/4 to 8 cents. Soybean meal futures were 70 cents/ton lower at the close. Soy oil futures closed with a gain of 35 points. Soybean exports from the USDA’s weekly report came in at 1... (full story)

Live cattle futures were mostly lower, with April futures having gained $0.10 since midday lows. Feeder cattle futures were lower in the nearby Jan contracts, but saw gains as much as 60 cents int the other front months. The 12/06 CME Feeder Cattle i... (full story)

The winter wheats finished Monday’s session mostly lower, while MGE HRS wheat was 1 to 1 1/2 cents higher on the day. Chicago SRW wheat futures were 1/2 to 1 3/4 cents lower at the closing bell. Nearby KC wheat futures finished with losses of as mu... (full story)

Lean hog futures were lower in the front months after Monday trading. Futures closed with losses of 72 cents to $1.125 on the board. The 12/6 Fresh Bacon Index from CME dropped $8.43 this week to $131.15. The 12/05 CME Lean Hog Index was at $58.49, a... (full story)

Corn Futures finish the first day of the week with losses, nearby futures were 3/4 to 1 1/4 cents lower. After the close, The USDA released the final crop progress report for the 2019 season, indicating corn harvest had progressed 3 percentage points... (full story)

Cotton futures started the week with 20 to 52 point losses; March futures recovered a bit from midday lows, but still gave back most of last week’s 59 point gain. USDA issued the final crop progress report for the 2019 season. Within this afternoon... (full story)

The new year is just around the corner and many producers are asking themselves what adjustments need to be made on their operation as they head into 2020. While it may be easier to visualize “big picture” changes, Lisa Holden, associate professor of... (full story)

A bill moving through the Michigan legislature could encourage distilleries to source more Michigan grain. Passed last month by the Michigan Senate, Bill 349 provides a 17 percent discount on state taxes to small distilleries. The Senate’s... (full story)

Enrollment for the 2020 Dairy Margin Coverage program ends December 13. While the prospects for higher milk prices next year appear promising, analysts agree anything can happen. “Dairy producers should definitely consider coverage for 2020 as... (full story)

Market Snapshot - Monday 12.09.19 (full story)

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst framed his comments at the opening session of the 2019 annual meeting by referencing lyrics from a Merle Haggard song. “Floods, trade wars, a cattle market that makes no sense unless you’re a packer, a... (full story)

      Live Cattle (February) Live cattle traded on both sides of unchanged today, finishing the session in the middle of the range from the last... (full story)

Cattle have been trading sideways for the last month, will we see a new direction soon? (full story)

An agronomist suggests the learning curve for ag data is less pronounced than it used to be. Harmon Wilts covers southwest Minnesota for AsGrow/Dekalb. “It’s getting a lot easier and simpler. It used to be back several years ago... (full story)

Dr. Temple Grandin says low stress cattle handling, which she teaches across the country, is one of the bright spots in the industry but she still has concerns.  Grandin spoke and taught classes at the Missouri Livestock Symposium and sat... (full story)

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the US is unlikely to impose the next round of tariffs on Chinese goods. An additional 15 percent tariff on Chinese products is set to take effect December 15th. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters Monday that... (full story)

Soybeans were higher on short covering and technical buying. There’s continued optimism about the proposed deal with China with the next round of tariffs scheduled to go into effect on the 15th. That being said – there’s no official word on the... (full story)

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed mixed while the cash cheese market posted large seasonal losses Monday. December Class III milk down four cents at $19.51.  January two cents higher at $18.64.  February unchanged... (full story)

A new bio-based fertilizer company says their slow-release technology can help farmers reduce their impact on the environment while providing crops nutrition when they need it. Anuvia Plant Nutrients’ Hugh MacGillivray tells Brownfield their... (full story)

Some farmers are considering planting more corn in 2020. Peterson Farms Seed agronomist Adam Spelhaug says for corn on corn, residue management is key. “What kind of trash whippers, down pressure systems, everything on the planter, make... (full story)

It’s do-or-die time for USMCA ratification in 2019. White House and Mexican negotiators reportedly agreed to changes over the weekend sought by House Democrats and have submitted the text to Speaker Pelosi. On Saturday, Mexico’s top trade... (full story)

The 2019 U.S. soybean harvest is officially over as corn continues to limp towards the finish. It’s been a trying year for many producers, with an historically slow planting pace, widely variable weather during development, and periodic bouts... (full story)

Dec. corn closed at $3.65 and 3/4, down 3/4 cent Jan. soybeans closed at $8.97 and 1/4, up 7 and 3/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $296.70, down 70 cents Dec. soybean oil closed at 31.36, up 35 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.322, down 1/2 cent... (full story)

Reading the Type of Trading Day & Trading Levels 12.10.2019 (full story)

Farmers and landowners can now update enrollments in USDA conservation programs. General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program starts today (the ninth) and while that one is competitive, Brad Karmen with the Farm Service Agency says... (full story)

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Quality is the Play - Not Quantity (full story)

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