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The CME Group and CFTC are changing the way it calculates storage rates and figuring out market carry may require a fresh perspective. (full story)

As corn pokes through the soil it’s susceptible to a wide variety of attacks. From insects to disease, attacking organisms see young corn as easy prey—and an attack could be detrimental to yield. (full story)

From left to right, Cheyenne, Angela and Russ Sundstrom, winners of the 2019 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award; Governor Pete Ricketts; Steve Martin with A-FAN; and Homer Buell with the Sand County Foundation Board. A ranch family from southwest... (full story)

Insect activity picks up, painted ladies make a big showing and some walnut frost damage apparent. (full story)

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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has slammed a property tax relief plan put forth by the legislature’s Revenue Committee, saying it would result in “the largest tax increase in Nebraska history”. The committee proposes to increase the state sales... (full story)

Meet the growers behind Wrangler’s Rooted lineup of jeans and t-shirts. These farmers have adopted Wrangler’s sustainable farming practices. The clothing line is sourced from these farms, and cut and sewn in the U.S. Read more in this article. ... (full story)

Someone has to tell the president, “Enough with the tariff threats” with U.S. trading partners. Agriculture can’t afford the outcome. I was wading through the he-said, she-said articles this week generated by the prospect of a... (full story)

DeLaval's OptiDuo robotic feed refresher both pushes and mixes feed for cattle. (full story)

The Cattleman’s Beef Promotion and Research Board has hired Gregory Hanes as their new CEO. Hanes, of Colorado, is chairman of the U.S. Ag Export Development Council. He was previously with the US Meat Export Federation and spent 11 years living... (full story)

Hopefully, the first round of hay harvest only a few weeks away. Two free “Beef Tips” videos from Purdue Extension could help beef producers maximize the quality and quantity of their forage crops. (full story)

Across the Corn Belt, rain is shifting east as a slow-moving cold front clears the region, though cool, showery weather lingers over the Ohio Valley. Drier weather behind the front will allow fields to dry and producers to resume corn and soybean... (full story)

A storm over the Tennessee Valley will drift northeastward and stall, while an accompanying cold front taps into tropical moisture as it sweeps across the East Coast States. The net result will be a wide swath of 1 to 2 inches of rain (locally... (full story)

Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality expert at the University of California, Davis, will receive the 2019 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. (full story)

Byline: Tony Dreibus 1. Grain Markets Closed For Good Friday Grain markets were closed in observance of Good Friday. Overnight trading will resume on Sunday. ** 2. Corn Sales Jump Week-to-Week While... (full story)

Wisconsin’s dairy farmers and state government are investing in additional dairy product research. Governor Tony Evers told the Cheese Industry Conference that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will invest 750-thousand dollars,... (full story)

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Rural Broadband – $22Bln | Property Taxes Rising | and more. (full story)

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its April 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining […] (full story)

Summary Two rapidly-moving strong storm systems, one “bombing out” in the central Plains during mid-week while a second storm intensified over the middle Mississippi Valley during the weekend, brought severe […] (full story)

The 5-year average for rice planting progress is 34% at this point in the season, but we are only at 19% this year. It’s worth noting that we were at […] (full story)

Drought coverage continues to decrease across the Lower 48 states, after a relatively wet winter for many areas. CPC’s monthly and seasonal precipitation outlooks, valid for May and May-Jun-Jul (MJJ) […] (full story)

Every spring I post an article on this blog about early season thrips management in peanut. The most important difference between 2019 and the previous five years is probably the […] (full story)

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Eannello 240-423-4345 (Cell) ITC Report Underscores Importance of NAFTA and Passing USMCA for US Agriculture   Washington, D.C. (April 18, 2019) – Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)... (full story)

As marketing year (MY) 2018/19 draws to a close, customers of U.S. winter wheat are taking advantage of excellent buying opportunities on competitive pricing and high-quality, consistent supplies. Since the […] (full story)

A significant amount of seed planted this year will have been treated with one or more fungicide, insecticide, nematicide, or biological seed treatments. The following are some key precautions and […] (full story)

Bulk Ocean Freight Rates Remain Relatively Low As of April 11, 2019, the rate for shipping a metric ton (mt) of grain from the U.S. Gulf to Japan was $42.00. […] (full story)

Good news for U.S. farmers who’ve seen milk prices languish because Icelandic yogurt uses more of their product than other kinds. (full story)

Cotton prices continue locked in their technical channel with new crop fighting to climb above 78 cents while the old crop July struggles to breech the 80 cent mark. July’s […] (full story)

A Kansas State University wheat expert says that yellowing in some Kansas wheat fields is not uncommon for this time of year, but growers should be aware of steps they […] (full story)

Brownfield’s Meghan Grebner will be on the ground in Kansas City, Missouri May 22 to 24 for the USMEF Spring Conference. Continue reading USMEF Spring Conference at Brownfield Ag News.           (full story)

The Missouri House has given approval to a bill that would prevent private companies from using eminent domain. The bill, HB 1062, sponsored by Rep. Jim Hansen, was written to head off construction of the Grain Belt Express power transmission... (full story)

Texas corn producers will have hybrids better suited to the state’s longer growing season and multiple stresses in the future after a Texas A&M AgriLife team from across the state […] (full story)

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association executive director Monte Shaw (l) and Iowa ag secretary Mike Naig discussed small refinery exemptions at a news conference Wednesday in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The head of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA)... (full story)

The 2017 Census of Agriculture shows nearly 78,000 farms in Ohio, up three percent from the last census in 2012. Ohio State Statistician Cheryl Turner says small farms saw the biggest increase. “The number of farms where it really increased is... (full story)

Wet weather continues to delay field work in parts of the Corn Belt. Jay Schutte was on the cusp of being able to begin field work until weather intervened. “We had about 4 inches of snow last Sunday and it’s really set us back some,” Schutte... (full story)

NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates Issue Joint Press Release Welcoming WTO Ruling on China and TRQs Today, April 18, 2018, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) issued a statement welcoming the ruling by a World... (full story)

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For Immediate Release: April 18, 2019 Contact: Steve Mercer, Vice President of Communications, U.S. Wheat Associates smercer@uswheat.org, (703) 650-0251 Caitlin Eanello, Director of Communications, National Association of Wheat Growers... (full story)

Aurora Organic Dairy opened its second processing plant this week in Columbia, Missouri. Construction began almost two years ago. The company, based in Boulder, Colorado has another processing facility in Platteville, Colorado, and eight farms in... (full story)

The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement would have a positive impact on the U.S. economy if it was fully implemented and enforced. The commission says provisions that reduce uncertainty about... (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures were mixed in light trade with support from this week’s higher cash trade.  And there was position squaring ahead of the long holiday weekend.  Feeder cattle futures closed higher with support... (full story)

Senior U.S. and Chinese officials are reportedly scheduling more face-to-face trade talks in an effort to finalize a deal by early May. Bloomberg reports U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to... (full story)

Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying, rallying slightly after a mostly weak start to the day. Contracts saw a bounce off the multi-month lows, but continue to watch harvest progress in South America, expecting large... (full story)

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt joined a 17-state coalition this week urging the Trump administration to adopt its proposed replacement of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “What we’re really doing is advocating for some balance... (full story)

You’ve likely heard the phrase from our title, an optimistic one that suggests somebody benefits (accidentally or otherwise) from negative events. The line is credited to John Heywood back in 1546, but the idea has been in circulation a lot longer... (full story)

The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the insurance holding company W.R.Berkley (WRB), I found the stock by sorting Barchart's New All Time Highlist first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then used the Flipchart fea... (full story)

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