The words “potential” and “percentage of potential” have been bounced around during this unprecedented growing season. While tariffs and weather have had their influence on price volatility this year, the  various USDA reports might come into... (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)

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)

From African swine fever to natural disaster preparedness, the 2019 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in Saint Paul, Minn., offered a full line-up of topics for attendees on Monday.  Here are some quotable moments from the day.  1.    “To... (full story)

The latest crop progress report shows 19 percent of Nebraska’s corn crop has reached maturity, well behind the 35 percent average for mid-September.  Eighty-two percent of the crop has dented. The crop is rated 71 percent good to excellent. ... (full story)

Wisconsin’s Acting State Veterinarian has been promoted.  Ag Secretary Brad Pfaff officially named Dr. Darlene Konkle as State Veterinarian Monday.  Konkle began her duties with the departure of Dr. Paul McGraw in June of 2018 Pfaff says... (full story)

Seventy-four percent of Iowa’s corn crop has reached the dent stage, ten days behind average, while eight percent has reached maturity, 13 days behind average.  The corn condition rating improved slightly from the previous week to 65 percent good... (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 NEUTRAL. (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)

Corn futures saw 4 to 5 1/4 cent gains in most contracts on Monday. Front month ethanol futures were up 1.11% on the day, helped by sharp gains in crude oil and a 20 cent per gallon jump in gasoline futures. The afternoon Crop Progress report indicat... (full story)

Corn futures saw 4 to 5 1/4 cent gains in most contracts on Monday. Front month ethanol futures were up 1.11% on the day, helped by sharp gains in crude oil and a 20 cent per gallon jump in gasoline futures. The afternoon Crop Progress report indicat... (full story)

Live cattle futures posted 7.5 to 65 cent losses in the front months. Feeder cattle futures were down 35 to 85 cents in most contracts, with nearby Sep up a nickel. The CME Feeder Cattle Index unch on September 13 at $136.09. Wholesale boxed beef pri... (full story)

Cotton futures were a marginal 15 to 37 points higher in most contracts on Monday, with nearby Oct down 3 points. Crude oil was up a sharp 12.34% following damaging drone or cruise missile attacks on Saudi facilities over the weekend. After the close... (full story)

Soybeans futures closed Monday with 1 to 2 cent gains in the front months. Soybean meal were down $2.70/ton, with soy oil 85 points higher on tight NOPA stocks. USDA reported a private export sale of 256,000 MT of soybeans to China for 2019/20 delive... (full story)

Lean Hog futures were down $2.85 in nearby October, with other front months up 75 cents to $1.975. The CME Lean Hog Index was down another 98 cents at $59.71 on September 12. The Fresh Bacon Index was down $9.21 from the week prior at $136.29 as of S... (full story)

Wheat futures settled the Monday session with most contracts 2 to 9 1/4 cents higher. While the spring wheat harvest is typically 93% complete by 9/15, NASS reported just 76% of the crop was out of the field. In their initial winter wheat planting pr... (full story)

Farm organizations together spoke out against proposed changes to the Wisconsin livestock siting rule (ATCP 51). Cindy Leitner with the Wisconsin Dairy Alliance says, “At a time when our industry is struggling the most, we cannot afford any... (full story)

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is establishing a Biofuels Council to foster growth in the state’s ethanol and biodiesel industries. Walz announced the executive order to form the Council at Minnesota Corn Growers Association president Brian... (full story)

A farmer in southwest Minnesota says recent heavy rains are the latest blow to his crop. Bryan Biegler of Lake Wilson tells Brownfield wet weather from April to July prevented him from planting 90 percent of his corn.  He says the faucet turned... (full story)

The Dollar is strengthening as the odds for a Fed cut Wednesday dissipate. Lets take a look at the week ahead and cover the crucial levels to know in the December contract for the Dollar Index, Euro, Yen, Aussie and Canadian. (full story)

Another wet week in Wisconsin halted most fieldwork when many farmers were about to harvest more hay and silage.  The rains totaled more than 10 inches in some areas.  What little corn chopping and manure spreading that was done happened early in the... (full story)

China is pushing its provincial governments to stabilize hog production so that their pork supply in ensured in the face of its African swine fever outbreak. China’s State Council wants 95 percent of its pork supplied domestically by 2025. USDA... (full story)

Bayer is releasing a new cereal crop fungicide product in New Zealand for the new growing season.  Bayer says field tests for their new iblon™ technology shows excellent control of major leaf diseases including leaf blotch, net blotch,... (full story)

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange surged again higher on higher cash cheese prices. September Class III milk up three cents at $18.34.  October up 54 cents at $19.72.  November 38 cents higher at $18.73.  December up... (full story)

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At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day weak on pressure from lower wholesale values during the session.  Feeder cattle futures closed lower on the same factors with additional pressure from the day’s modestly higher... (full story)

Warm conditions helped Ohio crops mature last week with some corn silage harvest starting. Corn is now 81 in the dough stage, 44 percent dented, and eight percent mature; condition is rated 34 percent good to excellent. Ninety-three percent... (full story)

University of Wisconsin Soybean specialist Shawn Conley normally recommends seed treatments, but a new multi-state study has him reconsidering one.  Continue reading Study shows soybean insecticide seed treatment might not be worth the money at... (full story)

Hogs beat up, Cattle drifts lowerr (full story)

A new Foundation for Soy Innovation Scholarship will help provide a soy-connected education with curriculum tied to subjects from production, to livestock nutrition, to technology, to marketing. Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications... (full story)

The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the industrial machinery company SPX Corp (SPXC). I found the stock by sorting Barchart's New All-Time High list first by he most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then used the Flipchart f... (full story)

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Farmers aren’t sure what to do with frustration stemming from trade disruptions, RFS waivers, and difficult growing conditions. Minnesota director of rural mental health Ted Matthews says for obvious reasons, President Trump has become a lightning... (full story)

Late planted Indiana crops continue to suffer from a lack of rainfall. Corn is now 90 percent in the dough stage, 59 percent dented, and 16 percent mature; condition is rated 31 percent good to excellent. Ninety-one percent of the soybean... (full story)

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Heavy rainfall across much of Michigan was good for some crops while the condition of others remains poor. The USDA says the state’s corn crop condition is 42 percent good to excellent with 80 percent in the dough stage, 41 percent dented and 3... (full story)

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Corn and rice harvest continues in Arkansas, while soybean harvest is picking up speed.  According to the latest crop report from the USDA, 63 percent of the state’s corn crop is harvested, that’s on pace with last year and behind the 5-year... (full story)

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Soon many producers will be starting to plant small grains.  Below is my “Top six” list of important things to consider when planting wheat and other small grains in the […] (full story)

Extended hot, dry weather is progressing corn harvest, while pressuring late-planted soybeans.  According to the USDA’s latest Crop and Weather report, 38 percent of the state’s corn crop has been harvested, that’s on pace with last year and... (full story)

After a late start to planting, corn harvest began in Illinois last week. As of Sunday, corn harvest completed was 10 percentage points behind last year and five points behind the five-year average. Only 14 percent of the crop is mature,... (full story)

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Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying, ending an up and down day in the black. China bought 256,000 tons of new crop U.S. beans with the possibility more announcements this week. Last week, China picked up 204,000 tons... (full story)

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Sulfur has become an important crop nutrient applied to corn fields across Minnesota. Recent research has shown a benefit from applying sulfur in fields low in organic matter and in […] (full story)

On Thursday, Wall Street Journal writers Lingling Wei, Chao Deng and Josh Zumbrun reported that, “China is looking to narrow the scope of its negotiations with the U.S. to only trade matters, seeking […] (full story)

The USDA says development remains slower than average for corn and soybeans. The growing season got off to a slow start with planting delayed by excessively wet weather and since planting wrapped up, weather has been variable. As of Sunday, 93% of... (full story)

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