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Farmers have had a hard time in 2019. From late, wet and sometimes outright-prevented planting in the spring, to the late, wet harvest and profit-eroding drying expenses this fall, their […] (full story)


Market Snapshot - Thursday 12.05.19 (full story)


Summary A tandem of winter storms impacted the country during the week, bringing cold temperatures, heavy snow, and strong winds to the mountainous areas of the west, northern Plains, upper […] (full story)


Volume of Grain Moved by Barge Remains High but May Soon Slow For the week ending November 30, 1.02 million tons of grain passed through the locks of the Mississippi […] (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)


Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on December 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign […] (full story)


Growmark and Mid-Iowa Cooperative said this week that an agreement has been reached for Growmark to acquire the agronomy and energy assets of Mid-Iowa Cooperative. The transaction is expected to […] (full story)


Tombigbee Communications, a subsidiary of Tombigbee Electric Cooperative, has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the company $29,495,232 as a 50% loan-grant combination in the first round of […] (full story)


Corn futures were lower at the close after fractional midday gains. Futures settled with losses of 1 3/4 to 3 1/4 cents in the front months on Thursday. USDA weekly corn export sales were reported at 546,115 MT for the week ending 11/28. That was at ... (full story)


Lean hog futures finished Thursday with $0.30 to $1.25 drops. The CME Lean Hog Index for 12/03 was $0.82 above yesterday @ $58.20. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was up another $0.36 to $81.36, with primals mostly higher save hams and butts. USDA... (full story)


Corn futures were lower at the close after fractional midday gains. Futures settled with losses of 1 3/4 to 3 1/4 cents in the front months on Thursday. USDA weekly corn export sales were reported at 546,115 MT for the week ending 11/28. That was at ... (full story)


Nearby soybean futures were unable to maintain midday gains, but still finished higher on the day. Soybean meal futures closed with a gain of $4.90/ton. Soy oil futures were also 2 points higher. USDA reported a private export sale of 245,000 MT of s... (full story)


Live cattle futures came back down from midday triple digit gains, but still finished in the black. Feeder cattle futures however turned southward after midday gains and ended with 27 to 32 cent losses in the front months. The 12/04 CME Feeder Cattle... (full story)


Cotton futures closed the session with losses of 4 to 19 points, disregarding soon to expire (Friday) December. The Monthly export data from CENSUS stated cotton shipments for October were 731,611 480lb bales, which is 19.6% below September shipments... (full story)


Wheat futures closed the Thursday session with losses on the board. KC led the way down carrying 5 to 5 3/4 cent losses, while Chicago SRW was close behind, 2 1/4 to 3 3/4 cents in the red. MGE wheat was also lower, showing 3/4 to 2 1/2 cent drops o... (full story)


A new study finds five U.S. airports with the highest risk of entry of African Swine Fever in smuggled pork products. National Pork Board’s vice president of science and technology, Dave Pyburn, has the list: “San Jose, California; John F. Kennedy... (full story)


Lead speaker Dr. John Robinson, professor and extension specialist/cotton marketing at Texas A & M University, will lead the cotton market discussion.  He will join the cotton panel of Jarral […] (full story)


Texas producers and those interested in industrial hemp production can attend a “First Things” meeting to learn about potential opportunities and pitfalls of regional hemp production. The program will be […] (full story)


Missouri now has a hemp application process in place. Sami Jo Freeman is with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and tells Brownfield Ag News, “One of the main questions we’ve had in Missouri ag for the last 12 to 18 months is ‘how can I get... (full story)


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House Ag Committee to Hold Farm Bill Implementation Hearing On December 10, 2019, the House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture is scheduled to hold a hearing titled “The Implementation of Farm Bill... (full story)


At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day higher on anticipation of higher cash trade.  Feeder cattle ended the day lower, pressured by sharply lower wholesale values.  December live cattle closed $.47 higher at... (full story)


Price downtrend in place and bears have firm advantage. No early clues downtrend will end. (full story)


The CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association says the rumor mill is spinning now that the comment period for EPA’s supplemental biofuels proposal has ended. Geoff Cooper tells Brownfield he’s hopeful the thousands of comments calling for the rule... (full story)


A southwest Minnesota farmer calls 2019 a “hurry up and wait” kind of year. TaLana Mathiowetz of Morgan tells Brownfield the planting season was sporadic. “There were weeks between even finishing a field and starting the next one, just... (full story)


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ES Chart for Review & Futures Levels 12.06.2019 (full story)


Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed mostly lower Thursday following negative movement in the cash market. December Class III milk up two cents at $19.37.  January 31 cents lower at $18.60.  February 29 cents lower at... (full story)


Dec. corn closed at $3.65 and 1/2, down 3 and 1/4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $8.84 and 1/4, up 6 and 1/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $299.50, up $4.90 Dec. soybean oil closed at 30.29, up 2 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.32, down 3 cents... (full story)


USDA’s Farm Service Agency is opening up enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program . Administrator Richard Fordyce explains, “We’ve got special announcement, I think, that a lot of folks have been anxiously awaiting and that is the... (full story)


Irvine, Calif.-based Western Growers praised the Japanese Diet’s approval of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and urged the U.S. to address additional barriers to trade with Japan. “With Japan’s parliamentary approval of the U.S.-Japan Trade... (full story)


Problems in Argentina (full story)


Soybeans were higher on short covering and technical buying. Contracts remain oversold and while weekly export numbers were neutral, unknown destinations did buy 245,000 tons of U.S. beans Thursday morning. 120,000 tons is for 2019/20 delivery and... (full story)


The National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance (NAFA) has released its alfalfa variety ratings for 2020. Alliance president Beth Nelson tells Brownfield more than 180 varieties from 17 different seed marketers are included. “These varieties... (full story)


Brownfield’s Julie Harker will be in Columbia on December 10th as Missouri Pig Farmers donate to Feeding America. Continue reading Missouri Pig Farmers donate to Feeding America at Brownfield Ag News.         ... (full story)


The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture is expanding its investment in young leaders. Development manager Kate Thiel tells Brownfield their mission is to enhance the farm to food connection, and they want to build a pipeline of youth and young... (full story)


If you are leading a dairy farm enterprise, you already know how important your people are to the success, and ultimate sustainability, of the operation. Robert Milligan is a former Cornell agricultural economist... (full story)


Do “Rest Enhancement” Cover Sprays Pay? Simple answer: I do not know. No long-term, a replicated trial has been done using kaolin or calcium carbonate-based products to the point that […] (full story)


More than 80 proposed resolutions came up for debate at this week’s Michigan Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting. Mike DeRuiter with Michigan Farm Bureau tells Brownfield members are continuing a 100-year tradition on their delegate floor this week. ... (full story)


The US Meat Export Federation says there’s good news on the horizon for US beef and pork industries now that the partial US-Japan trade agreement has been approved by the Japanese Parliament.  USEMF economist Erin Borror says the US is back... (full story)


Illinois Farmers who planted cover crops in the fall of 2019 that will be planted to an insurable crop in 2020 can now apply for a crop insurance discount. Farmers can apply by January 15th for the program that will allow them to receive a $5 per... (full story)


Market is stagnant (full story)


PHOENIX Shipping Point Prices as of 05-DEC-2019 Provided by: Specialty Crops Market News Federal - State Market News Service,... (full story)


PHOENIX Shipping Point Prices as of 05-DEC-2019 Provided by: Specialty Crops Market News Federal - State Market News Service,... (full story)


By Janeal Yancey As we look ahead to a new year, many people make New Year’s resolutions. Some choose to eat healthier, to help needy people or to help the environment. One impactful change in your daily routine might be right on your plate or,... (full story)


Progress on the U.S. Mexico Canada trade deal appears to be inching forward. Top negotiators from the U.S. and Mexico are meeting this week to resolve demands from House Democrats.  Compromises have been made on drug protections while labor... (full story)


The USDA says pork exports for 2019 delivery topped 30,000 tons. Both Mexico and China bought more than 10,000 tons of U.S. pork during the week ending November 28th, with net sales up 20% from the week before and 5% from the four-week average, but... (full story)


Efforts to get the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) through Congress may have hit a major roadblock.  Democratic House leaders have maintained that negotiations are almost finished, but other lawmakers have expressed doubt. Mexico says the... (full story)


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