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The Federal Reserve says in a new survey, known as the Beige Book, the U.S. economy expanded at a modest pace in September and into this month. That's as manufacturing deals with rising trade tensions with China and farmers face rough weather.   (full story)

  Market Watch with Alan Brugler October 18, 2019 Refried Confusion Way back in 1973, that philosopher Dr. John had a hit song titled Right Place, Wrong Time.  It started out with these lines: I been in the right place but it must have... (full story)

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 19.7 cents per pound for the week ending October 12, up 0.2 cent from the previous week. Marketings of […] (full story)

The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the gold mining company Sibanye Gold (SBGL). I found the stock by sorting Barchart's Top Stocks to Own list first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then used the Flipchart featur... (full story)

Average spot quotations were 216 points higher than the previous week, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. Quotations for the base quality of cotton (color […] (full story)

Strong global, domestic demand provides a bright spot for U.S. grain The U.S. livestock sector is poised to expand to meet growing demand for meat. During the next decade, the industry will be a key driver for corn and soybean demand. After... (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle closed lower on technical pressure, weak export sale numbers, and ahead of widespread direct cash business.  Feeder cattle closed lower on the same factors.  October live cattle closed $1.92... (full story)

Arkansas River Navigation Recovering The Arkansas River recently reopened for navigation to the Port of Catoosa, which is located near Tulsa, OK, and is the head of navigation for the […] (full story)

Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying, ending the week mixed. Export sales topped most expectations, China was the leading buyer, and overall, the numbers were neutral to bullish, with a good week for shipments.... (full story)

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CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Despite strength in the other grains, corn futures pushed lower in Friday’s session. Front month Dec was down 3-3/4 to 3.91 and Mar was down 3-3/4 to 4.02-3/4. For the week, the Dec contract lost 6-3/4 cents after a strong week la... (full story)

Wet spring weather conditions wreaked havoc on not only traditional corn and soybean acres, but their organic counterparts as well. Mercaris, a data and trading platform for organic and non-GMO markets, is tracking a significant drop in overall corn... (full story)

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Another tropical disturbance is headed towards Georgia. This storm, which is likely to become TS Nestor in the next day, is predicted to develop in the western Gulf of Mexico […] (full story)

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Dec. corn closed at $3.91, down 3 and 3/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.34, up 2 and 1/2 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $308.50, up $1.70 Dec. soybean oil closed at 30.36, down 3 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.32 and 1/4, up 6 and 3/4 cents... (full story)

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Our weekly column looks at the ongoing rally in cotton and the British pound. (full story)

By Jennifer Brown, NutriQuest This market update is a PorkBusiness.com weekly column reporting trends in weaner pigs. All information contained in this update is for the week ended Oct. 18. Looking at hog sales in April 2020 using May... (full story)

The grain markets were slightly negative to close out the week. December corn is down 7¢ and November soybeans are down around 2¢, for the week ending Oct. 18. Yet, December wheat is up nearly 24¢. These price moves have a backdrop of more news... (full story)

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A north-central Iowa farmer is taking advantage of sunshine and wind. Speaking to Brownfield Friday afternoon, Josh Nelson of Belmond says they began harvesting soybeans that morning at 17 percent moisture. “It’s since dried down to... (full story)

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Thanks to favorable weather, harvest activity on the Texas High Plains increased fairly significantly over the past week, with more defoliant being sprayed in places that did not get a […] (full story)

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Groundwater is the major source of drinking water in Minnesota and provides almost all water used for irrigation purposes, making it a key area of focus for natural resource, agriculture, […] (full story)

Skepticism abounds despite U.S. and Chinese officials touting major progress in trade negotiations. CHS Hedging brokerage director Kent Beadle says the market seems to be discounting the impact of last week’s so-called “first-phase” agreement. ... (full story)

Producers are tracing the mixed results they see from the 2019 Mississippi soybean harvest back to early struggles getting the crop started. Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean […] (full story)

An ag lender says equipment leasing has become more common. Greg Roberg is with Ag Direct, a partner with many Farm Credit lenders for major equipment financing, and he tells Brownfield, “Our leasing business is about, just shy of 20% of all... (full story)

Food and ag officials the world over are meeting in Rome to discuss antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in livestock production. Minnesota Farmers Union president Gary Wertish is attending the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) World Food... (full story)

Based on 8 algo trading strategies developed with the Strategy Factory approach and 4 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for Gold is BEARISH. (full story)

Based on 9 algo trading strategies developed with the Strategy Factory approach and 4 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for Crude Oil is NEUTRAL. (full story)

Iowa cattle producers are discussing ways to improve cattle market transparency and price discovery.  The Iowa Cattlemen’s organization, in response to recent volatility in the cattle markets, is holding a series of listening sessions for... (full story)

Milk futures and cash dairy prices were mostly down on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Friday.   October Class III milk was up $.03 at $18.63.  November was unchanged at $18.56. December was down $.02 at $18.00.  January was... (full story)

A cattleman testified to a Senate clean air subcommittee Tuesday that livestock grazing does not hurt the environment. Eastern South Dakota cattle feeder Todd Wilkinson of DeSmet, South Dakota, told subcommittee members climate change policies fail... (full story)

By Dennis DiPietre and Lance Mulberry You have no doubt heard about the plant-based meat substitutes beginning to proliferate. With that said, you likely are underestimating the eventual market share and impact the alternatives will have on the... (full story)

USDA’s note in the Oct. 10 pork export sales summary is raising questions. What’s going on with the pork sales reporting? Pork exports had an incredible week – a marketing-year high – reporting 292,000 metric tons (MT) of sales for 2019 for the... (full story)

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Lean Hog futures are lower despite the export sales report, dropping as much as $1.42 in the front months. USDA reported 210,853 MT of pork export sales for the week ending 10/10, just shy of July 31st 2014’s record. Mexico was the biggest purchase... (full story)

Corn futures are trading 2 3/4 to 3 3/4 cents lower in the nearby months. Traders over estimated weekly corn export sales, the holiday delayed report from this morning indicated that for the week ending 10/10 corn saw 368,756 MT of export sales. That... (full story)

Corn futures are trading 2 3/4 to 3 3/4 cents lower in the nearby months. Traders over estimated weekly corn export sales, the holiday delayed report from this morning indicated that for the week ending 10/10 corn saw 368,756 MT of export sales. That... (full story)

Cotton futures are seeing increases so far this Friday. Cotton weekly export sales are up 9.33% compared to last week and are the highest since February, at 206,468 running bales. The cumulative sales for the market year are now at 9.135 million only... (full story)

Soybeans futures are up 5 3/4 to 6 cents at Friday’s midday. Preliminary open interest rose 14,134 contracts on Thursday, some net new buying. There is follow up today. Soybean meal is up $2.37/ton higher, and soy oil is up 13 points. USDA’s week... (full story)

Wheat Mixed at Middays Wheat futures are mixed at Friday’s midday. Winter wheat is up, with Chicago seeing 4 1/2 cent gains and KC noticing a 1/2 cent increase so far. MPLS is down by 6 cents. The day delayed export sales report indicated 395,12... (full story)

Live cattle futures are lower so far this Friday. Feeder cattle futures are down by $1.25 to $2.00 in the nearby contracts. The CME Feeder Cattle index another 3 cents higher on 10/16 to $145.15. USDA’s weekly export sales report showed a 7.7% decr... (full story)

May 22, 2019: Clint Bowyer Dekalb shoot in Concord, NC. (HHP/Harold Hinson) NASCAR Driver Clint Bowyer is driving Sunday partly on behalf of FFA students who have a chance to benefit from a scholarship presented by DEKALB. The Number 14 DEKALB... (full story)

Another round of global monetary easing has just begun! More than 30 central banks around the world have cut interest rates this year so far. The Fed and the ECB are certainly among them. Should gold investors look forward to these policies playing out? Let's find out how gold tends to... (full story)

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