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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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) is working with the Governor’s office to address pesticide applicator issues that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Proclamation issued April […] (full story)

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Learn two pre-plant soil fertility tips for 2020 from Dr. Luke Gatiboni, North Carolina State University’s new Extension Specialist in Soil Fertility in this new video:  (full story)

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During a time of uncertainty, you might be looking for some answers when it comes to the 2020 planting season. Farm Journal Field Agronomist, Ken Ferrie, assures farmers that despite a wet start, they can still achieve high yields if managed... (full story)

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COVID-19 has claimed the lives of at least three employees of America’s protein processing industries. A longtime employee of JBS USA’s Greeley, Colo., beef plant died Tuesday night, the company has confirmed. Two workers at the Tyson Foods... (full story)

Mike McGinnis, Agriculture.com’s Markets Editor discusses Brazil’s record-large soybean sales and exports, via Skype, with Daniele Siqueira, AgRural Market Analyst. Following large March sales, April soybean sales are expected to be sharply higher,... (full story)

While dairy farmers across the country seek to reduce their total milk production, either to meet base requirements or because their processor demands it, they will likely choose to sell cows or dry them off early. Because cow prices are falling by... (full story)

Maybe someday.  For years, Chet and Cassie Mogler dreamed about adopting a child internationally. With five young children of their own, they kept thinking that maybe someday it would feel right to make that dream a reality. Two years ago, Cassie... (full story)

Despite many aspects of American society grinding to a halt, livestock auctions continue in various formats. Some have switched to strictly virtual formats, while others are employing strict restrictions on participation. ... (full story)

Who says hog barns aren’t attractive? With the technology that more and more producers are implementing into their operations, barns have become a more attractive work environment than ever before, says Tim Kurbis, president of New Standard US Inc. ... (full story)

The gut is the largest immune organ in the body, and it may be the new frontier for human and cattle health. As consumers call for decreased antibiotic use in livestock, the relationship between the digestive and immune systems could allow diet to... (full story)

Dairy producers frequently add clay as a feed supplement to reduce the symptoms of aflatoxin and subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) in lactating cows. In a new study from the University of Illinois, researchers show that clay can also improve the... (full story)

Front month cattle futures are mixed, with April up by 20 cents. The other front months are down $2.07 to $2.62. Feeder futures are lower by as much as $1.45 at midday. The April 7 CME Feeder Cattle Index was $116.79, down by $0.26. USDA estimates 20... (full story)

Following the WASDE updates, soybeans are 7 to 8 cents higher. May soymeal futures are up by $1.10/ton. May bean oil futures are 14 points higher at midday. USDA updated the 19/20 soybean projected carryout to 480 mbu, which is more than the pre-repo... (full story)

Midday trades pushed the lean hog futures market $0.97 to $2.15 in the red on Thursday. The CME Lean Hog Index was down by $2.55 at $52.97. The National Average Base Hog price was down 37 cents to $39.97. The April WASDE update to pork production was... (full story)

Corn futures are trading up by as much as 2 cents in the aftermath of the WASDE release. September contracts are down 1/4 at midday. The USDA cut U.S. corn used for ethanol by 375 mbu, increased feed and residual by 150, and left exports UNCH at 1.72... (full story)

Corn futures are trading up by as much as 2 cents in the aftermath of the WASDE release. September contracts are down 1/4 at midday. The USDA cut U.S. corn used for ethanol by 375 mbu, increased feed and residual by 150, and left exports UNCH at 1.72... (full story)

Cotton futures are 27 to 53 points lower at Thursday’s midday. OPEC agreed to cut crude oil production, and oil prices are higher trading around $25.90/ barrel. US cotton export sales from the week ending April 2 were negative, largely because Chin... (full story)

Wheat is trading higher after the USDA updates. KC HRW is the strongest so far with May futures up 7 cents. That has more to do with putting in weather premium than it does the report. Chicago wheat is up 2 3/4 cents/bu in May, and May HRS wheat futu... (full story)

LSU AgCenter personnel are working remotely to try to reduce the spread of the COVID-19, but they are still available to help. Besides emails and phone calls, crop and livestock specialists […] (full story)

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The Trump administration issued new guidelines Wednesday to make it easier for essential workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 to return to work if they do not have symptoms. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and... (full story)

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Everywhere we look, the news is heavy duty, whether it’s the markets, the weather or Covid-19 reports.  We’ve been searching for some uplifting news and thought you might enjoy seeing […] (full story)

WASDE REPORT FOR 4/9/20 (full story)

WATCH LIVE AT NOON CENTRAL   Market analyst Elaine Kub will join Clinton Griffiths for live analysis of today's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate. (full story)

USDCAD ended a three-wave, A)-B)-C) correction within a bigger wave 2 at the 1.294 level, from where a new rise started developing. (full story)

Smithfield Foods’ pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., is closing for three days starting on Saturday, April 11, and will remain closed on Sunday and Monday while essential employees clean the plant.  The plant has quickly become one of the... (full story)

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