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Two dairy groups have proposed a Milk Crisis Plan to the USDA.  The International Dairy Foods Association issued a statement Monday saying they worked with the National Milk Producers Federation to form the proposal. In a statement, IDFA... (full story)


Some fieldwork has begun in Michigan’s lower peninsula, but there are still areas with some snow and nightly frosts in the upper peninsula.  USDA reporters say there were barely two days suitable for fieldwork, but many fields are not dry enough... (full story)


The corn continues to erode. Perhaps the market has dialed in the worst case scenario. (full story)


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Above normal temperatures in March and early April melted snow cover and defrosted most of Wisconsin’s soil.  USDA officials say farmers have been doing fieldwork for about three weeks where ground conditions were favorable, and that includes... (full story)


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The Prospective Plantings report, released on March 31, indicated producer intentions to plant almost 97 million acres of corn in 2020.  Under current planting intentions and consumption trends, a massive corn supply […] (full story)


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Little in the way of fieldwork was noted in the USDA crop progress report for South Dakota last week. Wet conditions persist, with 100 percent of both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies rated adequate to surplus. Eighty-three percent of the... (full story)


Soybeans closed the Monday session with 1 1/4 to 2 3/4 cent gains due mostly to firmer soy oil. Soymeal futures were down another $6.20/ton in May. May bean oil futures closed 40 points higher. The USDA’s Export Inspections report showed 10.9 mbu ... (full story)


The first trade day of the week left the front month futures up by 202 to 210 points. Energy market futures saw crude oil and diesel lower as the OPEC+ meeting has been delayed to later this week. The stock market was sharply higher on some indicatio... (full story)


The cattle futures market closed mixed on Monday, with nearby April down by the expanded limits. The other front months were 55 cents lower and 52 cents higher. Feeder cattle futures were higher after Monday, with gains of as much as $2.17. The April... (full story)


Monday trading left the front month lean hog futures $0.90 to $4.15 higher. The futures will trade with normal $3.00 limits on Tuesday. The Fresh Bacon Index was only $67.48, which is a record low, going back to July of 2013. The April 2 CME Lean Hog... (full story)


The corn futures market closed 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 cents lower for the front months. Exports from the week ending April 2 were 1.271 MMT, or 50.1 mbu. That is 19.7% above corn exports from the same week a year ago. Accumulated exports are up to 761 mbu, w... (full story)


The corn futures market closed 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 cents lower for the front months. Exports from the week ending April 2 were 1.271 MMT, or 50.1 mbu. That is 19.7% above corn exports from the same week a year ago. Accumulated exports are up to 761 mbu, w... (full story)


Wheat futures finish the first trade day of the week in the black, with SRW futures leading the way. SRW wheat futures closed with 5 3/4 to 6 1/2 cent gains. KC HRW wheat futures were 3 1/4 to 3 3/4 cents higher. MPLS wheat futures closed 2 1/4 to 2 ... (full story)


Will Minneapolis Regain Premium? (full story)


The USDA says snow cover in the northern part of the state and wet conditions elsewhere curbed fieldwork across Minnesota last week. With less than one day suitable to be in the field, a few farmers did spread manure where the ground was solid... (full story)


The University of Missouri Extension is hosting the first of weekly online town hall meetings for farmers to ask their questions of specialists. The first meeting on Wednesday, April 8th, at 1:30 will focus on Forage/Livestock Production... (full story)


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As COVID-19 disrupts and changes consumers’ lives, the food supply chain is in the spotlight, both being praised and criticized. Pictures of empty shelves and signs limiting consumers’ buying continue to float around social media, but those aren’t an... (full story)


"If there is one thing that is certain in business, it is uncertainty."  Stephen Covey.   Anytime we make changes in our lives, at home, or in the workplace, we experience uncertainty. Take for example the turmoil... (full story)


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A dry week brought soil moisture levels back down in Indiana. The USDA says winter wheat crop conditions were higher than both last year and the five-year average with 67 percent rated good to excellent. Wet conditions from previous weeks... (full story)


Wet conditions limited fieldwork in Ohio this week. The USDA says producers readied equipment and hauled seed and fertilizer to begin the season. Oats are 8 percent planted. Winter wheat is 75 percent good to excellent. Topsoil and subsoil... (full story)


Governor Mike Parson says there is a plentiful supply of food in Missouri and the state is working to insure that during COVID19, “I want to assure you, Missourians, food supply remains strong.” At his press briefing Saturday, Parson said... (full story)


Moderate to heavy precipitation throughout the state has slowed the start of planting for many Arkansas farmers.  Just 3 percent of the corn crop has been planted, compared to 23 percent last year and the 5-year average of 32 percent, 1 percent of... (full story)


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Wet weather has slowed the majority of Tennessee’s field activities.  Although, drier conditions in some parts of the state has allowed producers to burn-down field in preparation for spring planting.  Just one percent of the corn crop... (full story)


CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures started this week where they left off last week, lower as traders continue to concern themselves about demand. A crash in energies, followed by a crash in livestock prices, suggests that demand revisions will be forthcom... (full story)


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Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying. Contracts were oversold and due for a bounce but weekly export inspections were bearish and U.S. beans continue to face plenty of competition from South America. Brazil is still... (full story)


Dave Bruntz of Friend, Nebraska Southeast Nebraska farmer Dave Bruntz says they plan to start planting corn this week. “We’ve completed our spring fertilizer application and we’ve been spraying some ground so that we keep some of the weeds that... (full story)


May Class III milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange down 35 cents at $11.83.  June eight cents lower at $13.05.  July through September contracts up 32 to 41 cents. Dry whey steady at $0.33. Blocks down $0.0225 at... (full story)


The USDA says the U.S. winter wheat crop generally came out of dormancy in slightly better shape this year than last year. As of Sunday, 62% of winter wheat is in good to excellent condition, up 2% from a year ago, with 29% of the crop rated fair,... (full story)


These strategies will make a big difference to your outcomes and outlook. You need to manage your stress to keep it from ruining precious relationships and vital business partnerships, says Val Farmer, a clinical psychologist and author who has... (full story)


At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures were mostly higher on spread adjustments and oversold signals.  Feeder cattle closed sharply higher on an oversold bounce, the day’s lower move in corn, and broader market support.  April live... (full story)


There are reports Argentine soybean meal exports are about to pick back up following a 13 percent decline in the last month. U.S. Commodities president Don Roose says the slowdown occurred partly because of reduced demand from China. “But... (full story)


Meet Jenny Morris, our latest addition to Farm Journal's PORK's Up & Coming Leaders feature. We are showcasing some of the fresh, new voices of the pork industry who combine innovative thought and work ethic with scientific savvy and a passion to... (full story)


May corn closed at $3.27 and 3/4, down 3 cents May soybeans closed at $8.55 and 1/2, up 1 and 1/4 cents May soybean meal closed at $297.00, down $6.20 May soybean oil closed at 26.83, up 40 points May wheat closed at $5.55 and 3/4, up 6 and 1/2 cents... (full story)


Photo courtesy United Sorghum Checkoff Program The CEO of National Sorghum Producers thinks grain sorghum acres could be higher than the 11 percent increase forecast by USDA. Tim Lust says significant sorghum purchases by China over the past two... (full story)


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More packing plants are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Tyson Foods has suspended operations at its pork processing plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa this week after more than two dozen workers became infected with COVID-19.  ... (full story)


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