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Ideas to Navigate the Futures Market, Crude Oil Chart & Trading Levels 4.01.2020 (full story)

Corn stocks in all positions on March 1, 2020 totaled 7.95 billion bushels, down 8 percent from March 1, 2019. Of the total stocks, 4.45 billion bushels were stored on […] (full story)

Rough rice stocks in all positions on March 1, 2020, totaled 86.1 million hundredweight (cwt), down 17 percent from the total on March 1, 2019. Stocks held on farms totaled […] (full story)

Corn planted area for all purposes in 2020 is estimated at 97.0 million acres, up 8 percent or 7.29 million acres from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage […] (full story)

CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures finished with small loses as May finished at 340-3/4 down 1/2 cent and December new crop down 2-1/4 at 357-1/2. Today was an interesting day as the much-anticipated quarterly Stocks and Acreage report had some surprises.... (full story)

GENERAL Weather conditions across the area have remained wet over the last two weeks, creating a favorable environment for stripe rust, powdery mildew, and other fungal diseases like tan spot […] (full story)

Depressed cotton prices and a short water supply have weighed heavily on predicted cotton acreage in California this year as we start the 2020 planting season. As a result, California […] (full story)

Soybean futures rallied back from the post report midday lows, and finished in the green. The front months were 2 3/4 to 3 3/4 cents. Soybean meal futures ended $4.00/ton lower in May contracts. May bean oil futures closed 14 points higher. The Plant... (full story)

Wheat trading reversed this afternoon and ended mostly higher. KC HRW wheat was the leader of the day with the front months closing 6 1/4 to 7 1/4 cents higher. CBOT wheat was lower in May but 4 1/4 and 6 1/4 cents higher in the other nearbys. Spring... (full story)

Corn futures rallied back from the post report meltdown and flirted with break-even for the day, but ultimately ended the Tuesday session with 1/2 to 2 1/4 cent losses. USDA says corn producers intended to plant 96.99 MA for the 2020/21 crop year as ... (full story)

After trading with midday losses, cattle futures rallied back to limit and near limit gains. Feeder cattle futures ended the day $1.87 to $2.00 higher. The March 30 CME Feeder Cattle Index was $131.10, down by $1.47. Another large auction is set to t... (full story)

Cotton futures were higher by 14 to 43 points in the front months, Dec contracts did close down by 3 points. This came after front months having been mostly lower following the report. Cotton growers intend to plant 13.7 MA of 2020/21 cotton accordin... (full story)

Corn futures rallied back from the post report meltdown and flirted with break-even for the day, but ultimately ended the Tuesday session with 1/2 to 2 1/4 cent losses. USDA says corn producers intended to plant 96.99 MA for the 2020/21 crop year as ... (full story)

Lean hog futures were mixed in the deferred contracts as June was up 55 cents and May was down by 15. April hogs on the other hand were decisively $1.75 lower. The CME Lean Hog Index for March 27th was $65.56, down 90 cents. That is still a substanti... (full story)

Will US Soybeans See A Shift To Better Exports (full story)

Ag economists expect the wild ride in the hog markets to continue for at least the next several weeks and even possibly months. Ag economist Jim Mintert, director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture, says demand uncertainty is going to... (full story)

Ethanol groups are not happy with the EPA’s final regulations for fuel economy standards. Although a rollback of the Obama administration’s standards, Geoff Cooper with the Renewable Fuels Association says they saw a glimmer of hope for higher octane... (full story)

Many market analysts think USDA’s corn planting estimate of 97 million acres is too high.  Arlan Suderman with INTL FCStone agrees, but he says a lot of it depends on weather over the next 30 days. “If it turns out dry in the month of April,... (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day sharply higher on an oversold bounce ahead of widespread direct business.  Feeder cattle were sharply higher on the same factors.  April live cattle closed $2.62 higher at... (full story)

Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying. The USDA is projecting a 10% increase in planted area after the historically slow pace in 2019, but that will depend on the weather. Some key U.S. growing areas are already wet and... (full story)

The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the medical products company Quidel (QDEL). I found the stock by using Barchart's powerful screening tools to find a list of stock with the highest Weighted Alpha and highest technical buy signals - by th... (full story)

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley wants the USDA and Department of Justice to investigate recent volatility in the cattle markets, to see if beef packers have “illegally manipulated” the markets during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s very shameful if the... (full story)

Bloomberg writers Isis Almeida, Fabiana Batista, and Michael Hirtzer reported on Friday that, “The coronavirus and cheap oil are hitting the fuel business so hard that ethanol plants are shutting down. Some may never […] (full story)

A JBS beef processing plant is southeastern Pennsylvania is apparently the first U.S. meat plant to alter its production due to COVID-19 concerns. JBS announced that it is temporarily reducing production at its Souderton, Pennsylvania plant after... (full story)

It’s one bearish blow after another for the corn market. Paragon Investments risk manager Jamey Kohake says Tuesday’s USDA forecast of 97 million corn acres is even bigger than the high side of most analyst expectations. “But the key still... (full story)

The agave plant used to make tequila could be established in semi-arid Australia as an environmentally friendly solution to Australia’s transport fuel shortage, a team of researchers at the University […] (full story)

Southern Ohio Farmer Greg Corcoran says most of their ag inputs for the growing season have been delivered, but they’re taking extra precautions because of the coronavirus pandemic.   “There have been extra steps at the grain elevators that they’ve... (full story)

April Class III milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange settled 37 cents lower at $14.49.  May down 41 to $12.74.  June through August contracts 20 to 33 cents lower. Dry whey steady at $0.33 Blocks down $0.1075 at $1.33. ... (full story)

Pivot Bio has announced an FFA video contest to help members stay engaged with their agricultural education during the coronavirus pandemic. Tracy Willits is vice president of communications for Pivot Bio. “Now more than ever as we all sit at home... (full story)

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding an online early season cotton conference on April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the web conferencing platform Zoom. The cost […] (full story)

May corn closed at $3.40 and 3/4, down 1/2 cent May soybeans closed at $8.86, up 3 and 3/4 cents May soybean meal closed at $321.50, down $4.00 May soybean oil closed at 27.01, up 14 points May wheat closed at $5.68 and 3/4, down 3/4 cent Apr. live... (full story)

The following prices are effective from Wednesday 04/01/20 at 12:01 am Eastern Time until midnight Tuesday 04/07/20. The next announcement is scheduled for Tuesday 04/07/20 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time. […] (full story)

March was warm and wet across Wisconsin. The USDA says all five major weather stations reported at least 50% higher than normal precipitation, and month temperatures were also above average. Most of the snow cover is gone, but it’s too... (full story)

Surplus soil moisture levels declined in Tennessee, but the state saw another wet month in March. The USDA says parts of the state have reported more than 30 inches of rainfall since the start of the year, leaving soils saturated, impacting crops... (full story)

The USDA’s says the winter wheat condition rating in South Dakota improved from February to March. 85% of the crop is in good to excellent condition, 12% above last month, with another 15% called fair, down 10%, and none of the state’s... (full story)

Ohio saw a big month to month jump in soil moisture levels. The USDA says 72% of topsoil and 64% of subsoil have surplus levels of moisture, both up more than 30% from February, with average precipitation nearly two and a half inches above normal,... (full story)

The USDA’s winter wheat condition rating in Nebraska showed a significant improvement from February to March. The department says 79% of the crop is called good to excellent, an increase of 10% on the month, while soil moisture levels held at... (full story)

The USDA says March was warm and wet across Missouri. Statewide, precipitation was more than two and a half inches above normal, pushing soil moisture levels higher, and temperatures were almost three degrees warmer than average. 37% of the... (full story)

Wet conditions were an issue for parts of Minnesota in March. The USDA reports most of the snowpack is melting into the soil, but frost is still present in some of the state leading to localized flooding and while calving is underway, feed supplies... (full story)

Weather in Michigan during March was mixed. The USDA says the month started off warmer than usual, with a shift to more seasonal conditions at mid-month, followed by a gradual rise later during the last week, leaving the statewide average... (full story)

The USDA says March was a pretty normal month overall for Iowa agriculture. Warmer temperatures helped cover crops and pastures start to green up and while fieldwork was limited by rain and melting snow, producers did apply dry fertilizer and... (full story)

Twenty-seven percent of U.S. farmers were categorized as new and beginning producers, with 10 years or less of experience in agriculture, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture. USDA is […] (full story)

The USDA reports March weather in Indiana was unseasonably warm, with statewide temperatures more than four degrees above average. The month started off dry, but the last three weeks were wet, pushing precipitation more than 1.5 inches above... (full story)

More than 120 members of Congress are asking the Health and Human Services Secretary in a letter to immediately provide financial relief to rural hospitals, saying many are just days away from going broke. Emergency funding for rural hospitals... (full story)

A wet March pushed soil moisture levels higher in Illinois. The USDA says statewide, precipitation was more than an inch above normal, leaving more than half of the state’s topsoil and 40% of subsoil with surplus soil moisture, both higher... (full story)

The USDA says March in Arkansas was wet and warmer than average. That followed wetter conditions in January and February, keeping soils saturated, leaving many producers unable to prepare fields, and pushing early planting behind schedule. The... (full story)

The early portion of today’s session was spent with traders getting final positions in place for the long-awaited quarterly stocks and prospective plantings reports. Traders were also positioning themselves for month and quarter end. A rebound in t... (full story)

The USDA says producers made more and paid a little less in February than in January. The department’s index of prices received was up 1.8% on the month, with a 4.4% jump in the crop index against a 3.7% drop for livestock. Prices moved... (full story)

USDA estimated Tuesday that U.S. growers will plant 97 million acres of corn this spring, an 8% increase over 2019, but analysts say recent sharp declines in ethanol production make it doubtful that number will hold true. The surveys USDA used to... (full story)

 As planting gets underway in some areas, it’s already off to a painful start. “We ourselves have nothing in the ground,” says Alex Koehn, a farmer in Paris, Texas. “In visiting with other farmers, I would say 15% to 20% [of the crop] is in the... (full story)

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