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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)

The most effective way to make treatments decisions for pests with chewing mouthparts (e.g., Japanese beetle, bean leaf beetle, caterpillars, and grasshoppers) is to estimate defoliation. I’m a “lumper” and […] (full story)

Several reports from ISU Field Agronomists have indicated Japanese beetles are emerging in southern Iowa. The emergence is about 7-10 days behind the last few years, due to slowly accumulating […] (full story)

Updated information on the posting from earlier today (full story)

Lean Hog futures saw 15 cent to $1.30 gains in most contracts on Wednesday. The CME Lean Hog Index was down a penny from the previous day @ $79.26 on June 17. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was down a sharp $3.46 on Wednesday afternoon at $77.69.... (full story)

Wheat futures saw losses of 7 to 14 cents in most contracts on Wednesday, pressured by profit taking. USDA’s Export Sales report is expected to show 200,000-500,000 MT in 19/20 export bookings during the first full week of the new MY. Egypt’s GAS... (full story)

Live cattle futures were down 70 cents to $1.075 on Wednesday. Feeder cattle futures were down 15 to 72.5 cents in the front months and slightly higher in deferred contracts. The CME feeder cattle index was down 16 cents to $133.05 on June 18. Wholes... (full story)

Cotton futures posted 6 to 56 point gains in most contracts on Wednesday. As expected, the Fed left interest rates UNCH this month, they announced following the 2-day meeting. The US dollar index was down 527 points on the day. USDA will release the ... (full story)

Corn futures ended the Wednesday session with nearby contracts 8 to 9 3/4 cents lower. Profit taking and a 2.3% drop in ethanol futures were seen as pressure. The nearby KC wheat-corn spread is at 16 1/2 cents, as weakness in wheat also weighed on th... (full story)

Corn futures ended the Wednesday session with nearby contracts 8 to 9 3/4 cents lower. Profit taking and a 2.3% drop in ethanol futures were seen as pressure. The nearby KC wheat-corn spread is at 16 1/2 cents, as weakness in wheat also weighed on th... (full story)

Soybean futures settled the day with 10 to 11 1/2 cent losses in the front months, following 7 consecutive sessions high. Soymeal was down $5.10/ton, with bean oil 4 points higher. Analysts expect USDA to show 100,000-400,000 MY in old crop soybean e... (full story)

The disease situation in the MS corn production system has picked up over the past couple of weeks. ost of the diseases observed at present are not problematic and do […] (full story)

With planting (and replanting) starting to wind down, farmers are turning their attention to post herbicide applications, sidedressing, and putting up hay. Weed management challenges and thistle caterpillars in soybeans […] (full story)

Going Higher (full story)

Thus far, the 2019 crop is variable in terms of growth stage. Early planted cotton is now is now squaring and generally growing well, now that rains have returned and […] (full story)

Although many areas have recently experienced rainfall, it is important to understand that we are never more than a few days away from significant drought, especially when temperatures in the […] (full story)

The Missouri State Fairgrounds will be getting improvements. About $8 million will be invested in State Fair Grounds upgrades in the next fiscal year, according to Chris Chinn, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, which oversees the... (full story)

A Missouri farmer and American Soybean Association board member has told a House subcommittee he and other farmers are hurting because of the ongoing U.S. China trade war. Ronnie Russell says as late as April, farmers were hopeful an end to the trade... (full story)

Representatives Dusty Johnson (D-SD) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) introduced H.R.3183 - Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters Act (FEEDD Act). ​ (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures ended the day lower on position squaring ahead of Friday’s Cattle on Feed report and widespread direct business.  Feeder cattle futures were lower on the same factors.  August live... (full story)

Markets coiling (full story)

Agriculture economist Todd Hubbs says he’s concerned about growing carryover for soybeans. He tells Brownfield there could be changes to the USDA’s projection of 75 million bushels fewer soybean bushels exported this year. “That’s pretty close to... (full story)

The Fed left rates unchanged and promised to be accommodative. This has fully priced in a rate cut for July. Lets take a look at the levels, the data and the central banks on deck. (full story)

Michigan State University is researching planting technologies that can be used for wheat and other crops. Wheat specialist Dennis Pennington tells Brownfield it’s difficult for planters to cross over into wheat because populations are sometimes... (full story)

Dr. Erick Larson, MSU Extension – State Corn Specialist and Mr. Nolan Stapleton, MSU Extension Associate – Corn Verification Program discuss some common issues experienced this season and relevant corn […] (full story)

Deeper correction coming or merely profit taking today? (full story)

The season’s early onset of drought-like conditions has several insects on the move early. Plant bugs and stink bugs are moving from their wild host plants into cotton earlier than […] (full story)

Soybeans were lower on profit taking and technical selling. Beans saw a correction, even with more planting delaying rain in the forecast for some key U.S. growing areas, especially in the central and eastern Midwest. Planting is more than ¾ of the... (full story)

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer outlined the trade agenda for the remainder of 2019 to the House Ways and Means Committee during a hearing this morning. Ranking member Kevin Brady of Texas wanted an update on the trade talks with... (full story)

Jul. corn closed at $4.41, down 8 and 3/4 centsJul. soybeans closed at $9.03 and 1/4, down 10 and 1/4 centsJul. soybean meal closed at $316.90, down $5.10Jul. soybean oil closed at 28.37, up 4 pointsJul. wheat closed at $5.22 and 1/4, down 9 and 1/4... (full story)

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Missouri has $1-Million-dollars available for farmers to plant cover crops on flooded out croplands after the waters recede. George Henshaw, assistant state conservationist for programs with... (full story)

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed higher Wednesday supported by strength in cash cheese markets and a mostly favorable milk production report. June unchanged at $16.28.  July up eight cents at $16.95.  August six cents... (full story)

The Missouri River between St. Louis and Kansas City has reopened to boat and barge traffic since flooding has begun to recede. Flooding forced the U.S. Coast Guard to close the river to the vessels for about two weeks. The Mississippi River is STILL... (full story)

Wet, cool weather that adversely affected corn and soybean development has benefited small grains.  Jochum Wiersma with the University of Minnesota says despite planting delays, conditions have been favorable for spring wheat and barley. “So of... (full story)

Daily Gold Chart & Futures Levels 6.20.2019 (full story)

CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures ended weaker today on a more conducive weather forecast, sell stops and long liquidation. We also believe farmer selling may have picked up over the last two to three sessions as prices reached their highest level for th... (full story)

President Trump took to Twitter Monday just before his re-election campaign in Florida to announce ICE will be removing millions of illegal aliens next week which could have widespread impacts on ag workers.   Agency officials with Immigration and... (full story)

Nebraska Farm Bureau president Steve Nelson Nebraska Farm Bureau has sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, criticizing his plan to slash meat consumption in schools and other city facilities. As part of his plan to combat global... (full story)

The president of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association is encouraged by trade negotiations with Japan. Mike Landuyt of Walnut Grove says he’s hopeful tariff barriers will be addressed in a new agreement. “We have some members who just got... (full story)

The House Ways and Means Committee will vote on a tax bill Thursday that includes the Biodiesel Tax Credit. Kurt Kovarik with the National Biodiesel Board says the proposal would extend the $1-per gallon credit through 2020. “If acted on, and... (full story)

Look for the 50% retracement (full story)

Some farmers have questioned the planting percentages in the USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress reports.  Lance Honig with the National Ag Statistics Service says the percentage of the crop planted isn’t related to any specific acreage estimate. “One of the... (full story)