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Oklahoma State University Livestock economist Derrell Peel says with more packing plants closing down due to coronavirus concerns there is worry it could impact the beef supply chain.  “We’re moving into seasonally higher slaughter rates,” he says. ... (full story)


The leader of the U.S. Dairy Export Council says the dairy industry is especially hard hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic. President and CEO Tom Vilsack says, “There’s no question this virus has been a gut punch to commodity prices... (full story)


The freezing temperatures expected over the next week or more could set records in some areas. Pat Guinan, University of Missouri climatologist tells Brownfield Ag News, “When we have temperatures in the middle part of April that dip into the middle,... (full story)


Soybeans are Louisiana’s largest crop in terms of acreage, and farmers across the state are busy planting this year’s crop. “About 10% of the state has been planted,” said LSU […] (full story)


At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day higher on follow-through buying and broader market support.  Cattle futures have been trying to gain back some of last week’s sharp losses.  Feeder cattle closed sharply... (full story)


If African Swine Fever were to enter the US, an economist predicts revenues for the pork industry could be up to $50 billion less over 10 years. Dermot Hayes with Iowa State University tells Brownfield African Swine Fever would put a halt to pork... (full story)


A central Missouri grower who started planting corn last week says he’s being very cautious this year. Jay Fischer farms in the Missouri River bottoms near Jefferson City – where he still has broken levees from last year and, like all farmers,... (full story)


DTN writer Todd Neeley reported this week that, “Small refiners will not receive a rehearing before the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver on a case alleging […] (full story)


CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures finished with small losses of 1 to 2 cents as futures traded in a range of near 5 cents. May closed 1-1/2 cents lower at 3.30 and December down 1-3/4 cents at 3.49-1/4. Position squaring ahead of Thursday’s USDA Supply... (full story)


While many businesses have closed or moved employee interactions online, much of the world depends on farmers remaining on the job — and in the field. The University of Arkansas […] (full story)


Biofuels groups are urgently seeking relief for the renewable fuels industry. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the ethanol market has been hit by a perfect storm on the heels of one of the toughest years on record, and plants need help. ... (full story)


Soybeans were mostly modestly higher on spread adjustments. Production estimates have been lowered for Argentina and Brazil, but both are on pace for very large if not record crops, even with dry weather cutting projections. The USDA’s attaché in... (full story)


May corn closed at $3.30, down 1 and 1/2 cents May soybeans closed at $8.54 and 1/2, down 1/4 cent May soybean meal closed at $292.80, down $1.00 May soybean oil closed at 27.18, down 30 points May wheat closed at $5.48 and 1/4, down 1 cent Apr. live... (full story)


CoBank’s latest quarterly report illustrates the metaphorical roller coaster animal protein markets have seen since the outbreak of COVID-19. “At this point, we are probably towards the bottom of the roller coaster which is really impacting... (full story)


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Farmers may be able to get help covering business costs through the coronavirus aid program recently approved by Congress and the president — but they need to act quickly, an […] (full story)


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Fertilizer prices are the lowest they have been in a decade and an ag economist says that is a plus for farmers’ crop budgets this year. David Widmar with Ag Economic Insights says fertilizer prices for all nitrogen sources are down 10-18% from... (full story)


Short covering supported trade to start today’s session, but this faded as the day progressed. There was minimal interest in establishing new long positions ahead of tomorrow’s WASDE report which weighed on futures. Volume was very thin today whi... (full story)


Broiler-Type Eggs Set in the United States Up 2 Percent. Broiler-Type Chicks Placed in the United States Up Slightly... (full story)


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The weather will soon seem a little chilly for April, starting mid-week, and it could last for up to two weeks for Northern Indiana. Yet, farmers prep for planting in the sun before the “colder” temps arrive. It’s a nice afternoon and... (full story)


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Producers are less optimistic about trade progress because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. Jim Mintert is director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. “The... (full story)


Declining blending demand because of COVID-19 related stay at home orders and social distancing restrictions pushed ethanol production to a record low last week and pulled stocks to an all-time high. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says... (full story)


A livestock extension educator is encouraging farmers to start walking their pastures. Emily Krekelberg with the University of Minnesota says it’s really good to see what’s happening at the ground level this time of year. “Do you have some... (full story)


Late Monday night, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) submitted to USDA a joint plan to confront the COVID-19 dairy crisis.  “While no plan can wholly remedy the losses that are... (full story)


With soil drying out, forecasts for little to no rain and recent warmer temperatures, many farmers might be itching to attach the planter and get rolling. You might be able to successfully do so, but be aware of your risks and the upcoming forecast.... (full story)


The front month lean hog futures are giving back some of yesterday’s limit gains, with futures down $1.17 to $3.02 so far. The April contract expires in a week, on the 15th. The April 6 CME Lean Hog Index was down by $2.13 at $55.52, working on con... (full story)


The midday wheat market is mixed, with gains in the hard wheats. Chicago wheat is down with a 3/4 cent loss in May. May HRW wheat futures are 3 1/2 cents higher. Front month MPLS wheat futures are up by 5 1/2 cents. We’re now in the index fund roll... (full story)


Cotton is up by as much as 93 points for Wednesday’s midday. Pre-WASDE estimates show traders anticipate a 60,000 bale cut to 19/20 cotton production, to 19.74 million. Traders estimate cotton ending stocks will be 5.56 million bales, which would ... (full story)


Corn futures are down at midday, giving back some of Tuesday’s gains. The front months are 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 cents lower so far. Ethanol production data from EIA showed average daily production of 672,000 bpd for the week ending April 03. That was dow... (full story)


Soybeans are trading down by 1/4 to 1 1/4 cents so far. May soymeal futures are down another 40 cents/ton so far, and May bean oil futures are 35 points lower. Estimates ahead of tomorrow’s WASDE report have World soybean carryout at 101.5 MMT, whi... (full story)


April cattle futures are up by the expanded limits again at midday, while the other front months are trading $1.82 to $2.05 higher so far. Feeder futures are $4.85 to $5.67 higher with the $6.75 limit. The April 6 CME Feeder Cattle Index was $117.05,... (full story)


Corn futures are down at midday, giving back some of Tuesday’s gains. The front months are 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 cents lower so far. Ethanol production data from EIA showed average daily production of 672,000 bpd for the week ending April 03. That was dow... (full story)


Photo courtesy Callaway Livestock Auction Some Midwestern livestock auction markets have seen greatly reduced runs since early March. Jack Harrison, who owns the Callaway Livestock Auction in central Missouri, says their numbers over the last... (full story)


Another meatpacking facility has shut down temporarily amid coronavirus concerns. Cargill announced it has decided to close its Hazleton, Pennsylvania facility to protect its employees against COVID-19.  The facility employs 900 people and provides... (full story)


Although the May cocoa contract appears to have made the turn higher, it may be short-lived. (full story)


If oil stabilizes, will sugar? (full story)


Direct cash cattle trade activity is pretty quiet.  No bids have been renewed yet today.  Asking prices for cattle on showlists are at $112 plus in the South and $180 dressed in the North.  There was a light live trade that took place yesterday at... (full story)


The first in a series of cold fronts will drive southeastward, reaching the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts by Thursday. On Saturday morning, freezes may occur as far south as the middle Ohio Valley and the central Appalachians. Meanwhile, rainfall... (full story)