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UNL Extension ag policy specialist Brad Lubben Among those attending USDA’s Ag Outlook Forum, which gets underway Thursday morning in Arlington, Virginia, will be University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension ag policy specialist Brad Lubben. Lubben... (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 Wisconsin rule requiring dairy farmers to have a signed and notarized affidavit saying they don’t use synthetic bovine growth hormone might be eliminated soon. Wisconsin is the only state that requires the annual affidavits. The State Senate... (full story)

Eating a bunch of different vegetables is super good for you.  But how do we do it? It’s not as hard as you might think. Listen below: Healthy Living ~ how to eat more veggies daily Continue reading Ways to eat more veggies at Brownfield Ag... (full story)

A Cornell economics professor says the Dean Foods-Dairy Farmers of America deal is far from finished.  Andrew Novakovic tells Brownfield the Dean Foods proposal to sell assets to Dairy Farmers of America might be challenged by Dean’s creditors. ... (full story)

With rice planting time approaching in many areas of the South, now is the time to take steps to help make the coming season more productive and profitable. The following […] (full story)

It appeared that the bears firmly took the reins of yesterdays session, but most of their gains were history before the closing bell. Have we seen an important turning point for oil? (full story)

Gold rallied by $17.20 yesterday (1.08%), while silver soared by $0.42 (2.35%), which means that silver more than doubled golds rally. Silver is outperforming gold, which was both profitable, and informative. Gold miners moved higher even more (4.60% in case of the HUI Index), indicating that the... (full story)

L ets check which stock could magnify S&Ps gains in case it rallies, and which stocks would be likely to decline the most if S&P plunges. Here are our stock picks for the Wednesday, February 19 Tuesday, February 25 period. (full story)

The largest revision this month to the 2019/20 U.S. rice balance sheet was a 2.4-million cwt increase in the import forecast to a record 32.5 million cwt, up 12 percent […] (full story)

Carryout for the 2019/20 marketing year is cut 25 million bushels this month to 940 million, the lowest since 2014/15 when ending stocks totaled 752 million. The all-wheat balance sheet […] (full story)

USDA raises its forecast of 2019/20 soybean exports this month by 50 million bushels to 1.825 billion. With no other changes for U.S. soybean supply or domestic use, season-ending stocks […] (full story)

Total U.S. corn use is unchanged as 50 million bushels shifts from exports to ethanol. With total supply and use both steady, projected ending stocks remain unchanged at the lowest […] (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day mixed, mostly higher on spread adjustments ahead of Friday’s On Feed numbers and waiting for cash trade to develop.  Feeder cattle were higher on follow-through buying with added... (full story)

Missouri Governor Mike Parson says he is concerned about flooding again this spring, “The biggest worry we all have for me right now is we haven’t got fixed from last year. So, you know, if we happen to have a wet spring or flood stuff in these... (full story)

The wheat market rallied back from near double digit midday losses, but still finished negative. Chicago futures closed 1 1/4 cent to 2 1/2 cents lower. HRW futures ended the Wednesday session with 6 to 6 1/4 cent losses. HRS futures closed with 2 1/... (full story)

Wednesday trading in the corn futures market pushed prices back down, with contracts closing 2 to 2 1/2 cents lower in the front months. The national average corn basis from cmdtyView was 11.72 cents under for 02/19. That is the tightest national ave... (full story)

Lean hog futures climbed triple digits on Wednesday trading, with April contracts the strongest. Front month futures closed $1.75 to $2.07 higher on Wednesday. The CME Lean Hog Index for 2/17 was down $0.31 to $55.66. USDA’s Livestock and Poultry r... (full story)

Cotton futures gained 61 to 80 points during the Wednesday session, with the larger gains in the deferred contracts. The dollar was firmer, with the DX above 99. Tuesday sales on The Seam online cotton trading platform were 10,129 bales, at an averag... (full story)

Soybeans finished the Wednesday session with gains in the front months. Deferred months were the weakest, while March soybeans were up a nickel. March soymeal futures closed $0.80/ton higher. March soybean oil settled 14 points lower after being down... (full story)

Live cattle futures came back from midday losses and ended the session with 10 to 30 cent gains, as Feb was 12 cents lower. Feeder cattle continued the midday movement and rallied to a triple digit gain after Wednesday trading. The CME Feeder Cattle ... (full story)

Wednesday trading in the corn futures market pushed prices back down, with contracts closing 2 to 2 1/2 cents lower in the front months. The national average corn basis from cmdtyView was 11.72 cents under for 02/19. That is the tightest national ave... (full story)

Have you noticed your electricity bill starting to climb up? Maybe it’s time to check the efficiency of your fans. The energy used to operate ventilation systems on the farm typically accounts for 20-25% of your total energy bill, according to Dan... (full story)

The National FFA Officer team spent the beginning of the year in Japan learning about agriculture and trade in that country and meeting Future Farmers of Japan members. National FFA President Kolesen McCoy says a national FFA officer team has... (full story)

CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures finished 1-2 cents lower, as front month Mar closed down 2-1/2 cents to 3.80-1/2. May closed down 2-1/4 to 3.85-1/4. A calmer wheat market after a strong close Tuesday afternoon helped bring sellers forward again in the ... (full story)

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Twenty-one agricultural groups representing US farmers and ranchers committed to using sustainable practices have formed a new coalition to address the changing climate. Farmers for a Sustainable Future is meant to serve as a primary resource for... (full story)

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Help your crop get off to the best start possible by managing for risk early. Because more wet conditions are likely, understand how that interacts with risk of diseases and what specific diseases are more likely this year. Wet weather increases... (full story)

The Twenty-one farm and ranch groups representing millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers are launching Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. This […] (full story)

Mar. corn closed at $3.80 and 1/2, down 2 and 1/2 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $8.97 and 1/4, up 5 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $293.00, up 80 cents Mar. soybean oil closed at 30.34, down 14 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.65 and 1/4, down 1 and... (full story)

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile closed lower Wednesday while cash trade was mostly inactive. February Class III milk down a penny at $16.97.  March down 24 cents at $16.77.  April 31 cents lower at $16.85.  May down 21... (full story)

Sugar Futures Chart & Trading Levels 2.20.2020 (full story)

Agricultural Risk Coverage at the Individual Level (ARC-IC) will make payments in 2019 for farms that are entirely prevented plant or farms with low yields.  ARC-IC combines all Farm Service […] (full story)

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Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying, bouncing back from Tuesday’s weak finish. Crop conditions in most of South America look good, with harvest just over 20% complete in Brazil. DTN says Brazil’s key state of Mato... (full story)

With the multitude of crop herbicide resistant trait packages available, chemical weed management has become more complicated, especially as herbicide resistant weeds continue to cause management challenges. A good understanding […] (full story)

A top official with the U.S. Soybean Export Council says no single market can make up export losses experienced by trade disputes with China but combined, some areas offer potential. “We’re talking about markets in the Asia subcontinent—Pakistan,... (full story)

Chinese Farm Purchases Bloomberg News reported this week that, “China is considering making some purchases of U.S. agricultural goods by early March as a way to show it’s still committed […] (full story)

To assess field performance of multiple peanut cultivars in one of the major peanut growing counties in Arkansas, Mississippi County, an on-farm field trial was established. The cultivars (Table 1) […] (full story)

Ames, Iowa-based Landus Cooperative has hired a new CEO. He is Matt Carstens, who most recently served as senior vice president of Truterra, the ag sustainability division of Land O’Lakes. Prior to that, he worked with United Suppliers. ... (full story)

Trade was on the negative side early in today’s session as a correction from yesterday’s grain rally took place. This wore off by midsession though and allowed futures to work higher. Soybeans traded on the positive side today on news of China bo... (full story)

The Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation today announced the following prevailing world market prices of milled and rough rice, adjusted for U.S. milling yields and location, and the resulting […] (full story)

Broiler-Type Eggs Set in the United States Up 3 Percent. Broiler-Type Chicks Placed in the United States Up 5 Percent... (full story)

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Bill Spiegel Byline: Successful Farming Staff Twenty one farm groups representing millions of U.S. farmers are publicly launching Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition committed to... (full story)

WASHINGTON, DC 19-FEB-2020 WA_FV102 ... (full story)