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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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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)

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)

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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Energy stocks are a way for traders to leverage the move in oil so the smart/big money tends to move... (full story)

An agribusiness leader says the COVID-19 restrictions have many farmers and farm-related businesses worried about having enough labor.  Chuck Lippstreu with the Michigan Agri-business Association tells Brownfield the availability of workers is... (full story)

Marketing Editor, Mike McGinnis, talks with Doug Martin of Mount Pulaski, Illinois, in the tractor cab to see how conditions are during the 2020 planting season.  News Video (full story)

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Required periodic research is complete on the soybean checkoff return on investment. Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who says the survey indicates the Soybean Checkoff is a worthy... (full story)

There are many seedling diseases that affect corn and soybeans. These diseases can reduce root development, nutrient and water uptake, plant growth, and in severe cases, kill seedlings. One of the biggest issues […] (full story)

Some hospitals and clinics will receive viral sampling kits this week from an unlikely source—the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in College Station. The kits—typically used on pigs, cows and chickens—are being assembled... (full story)

The historic Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day is going virtual for 2020. Event organizers have made the decision to move all educational presentations, tours and trade show to an […] (full story)

US soybean oil is being used in a new line of shoes by Sketchers in collaboration with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The soles of the shoes use the same rubber technology that Goodyear uses in its tires. New York Soybean Farmer Ralph Lott... (full story)

An Illinois farmer says he is concerned about flooding again this year as planting gets underway. “I’ve still got ground with water sitting on it from last year that we have never gotten off.” Daryl Cates farms corn, soybeans and wheat in the... (full story)

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After a tiger at a zoo in New York tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Brownfield interviewed Dr. Jim Lowe, an infectious disease veterinarian with the University of Illinois, who talked about the rapidly changing virus and what experts know... (full story)

Farmers and ranchers are being negatively impacted by the drop in cattle and other commodity prices due to the coronavirus. Minnesota Cattle Rancher Peter Bakken says the prices of his beef have collapsed and the future of his operation is unclear. ... (full story)

The yellow metal and its fiat nemesis. Gold and the dollar certainly move not in a random relation to each other. The strength and direction of one taking the cue from the other changes over time, but what does it tell us about the present moment? Normal 0 ... (full story)

A pork producer in south-central Minnesota says Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, or PRRS, continues to be a problem in her area. Wanda Patsche and her husband Chuck operate CW Pork, a corn, soybean, and hog farm in Martin County. ... (full story)

An Infectious Disease Veterinarian says COVID-19 is NOT a significant animal health risk and is not likely to infect livestock. Jim Lowe with the University of Illinois tells Brownfield COVID-19 is a rapidly changing virus and in the last week... (full story)

Direct cash cattle trade activity is quiet this week.  Bids and asking prices have yet to be established.  It’s likely significant trade volume will be delayed until at least midweek or later.  Beef demand often goes the way of the economy and with... (full story)

Tyson Foods’ pork processing plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, has suspended operations for a week beginning Monday due to more than two dozen cases of COVID-19 confirmed at the facility. “In an effort to minimize the impact on our overall... (full story)

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A contingency plan is a course of action designed to help a business determine how to respond to possible future events.  Contingency plans are often referred to as “Plan B”.  […] (full story)

Wheat futures are showing gains of as much as 8 1/4 cents per bushel following sub-freezing temps over the weekend and ongoing dryness concerns in several parts of the world. SRW wheat futures lead the way so far, with 8 1/4 cent gains. May KC wheat ... (full story)

April cattle futures are at the $4.50 expanded limits, while the other front months are $2.20 and $1.20 lower. Feeder cattle futures are down as much as 42 cents at midday. The April 2 CME Feeder Cattle Index was $121.07, down by $5.02. Some $105 cas... (full story)

The first trade day of the week sees cotton 195 to 211 points higher. Energy market futures are lower as the OPEC+ meeting has been delayed to later this week. The stock market is sharply higher on some indications that the COVID-19 outbreak might be... (full story)

Futures are 3 to 3 3/4 cents lower for the front month corn market. 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, which is 37% ... (full story)

Soybeans start Monday trading with 3 to 3 1/2 cents higher, due mostly to firmer soy oil. Argentina appeared to be getting a handle on transportation issues and improving the flow of soybeans. That has soymeal futures down another $5/ton in May. May... (full story)

Lean hog futures are up 15 to 65 cents in April and May, while the June contracts are down by a nickel so far. 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 Index was $2.43 lower to... (full story)

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