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CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures finished with mild gains as front-month Mar was 1/4 cent higher to 3.72-1/2 and the May contract a 1/4 cent higher to 3.76-1/2. The corn market saw some stability and consolidation in Tuesday’s trade as the Mar contrac... (full story)

The deadline to sign up for a farm bill program is approaching quickly. You want to make the best decision possible but are still wondering what is the best fit […] (full story)

The Biomedical company CollPlant Technologies (CLGN) hit a New All-Time High and is the Barchart Chart of the Day. I found the stock by sorting Barchart's New All-Time High list by the highest technical buy signals, then used the Flipchart funct... (full story)

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A growing season outlook and a discussion on corn planting date research will highlight the annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Research Association March 4. The meeting will also […] (full story)

Farmers and crop advisors are invited to attend the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association annual meeting, which will be held at the Johnson County Extension Office in Iowa City on […] (full story)

The USDA weather was mixed during February in Wisconsin. The state saw record high temperatures to kick off the month, but overall, temperatures were close to normal, as was precipitation. Snow cover is called adequate, limiting frost, and... (full story)

A common question when incorporating cover crops into a production system is, will the cover crop interfere with the performance of residual herbicides included with the burndown treatment? (full story)

February was wetter than normal in Tennessee. The USDA says parts of the state had as much as 10 inches of rain during the month, leaving soil muddy and while that did have some impact on livestock, 59% of Tennessee’s cattle are in good to... (full story)

The USDA’s winter wheat condition rating for South Dakota declined during February. 73% of the state’s winter wheat crop is called good to excellent, 3% less than last month, but 27% above a year ago. Surplus soil moisture levels were... (full story)

A warm, wet February was an issue for some livestock producers in Ohio. The USDA says temperatures across the state averaged more than three degrees warmer than usual and precipitation was a third of an inch above normal, most of that rain, leading... (full story)

As we were growing up, Soil Stewardship Sunday was a regular part of the church calendar, landing on the last Sunday of April as farmers were in the midst of […] (full story)

The United States Department of Agriculture reports that there are nearly 9% fewer dairy farms right now in the country compared to last year. Ag Day’s Clinton Griffith’s explains more in this week’s Dairy Report.  Licensed U.S. Dairy Farms... (full story)

The USDA says winter wheat crop conditions improved in Nebraska during February. 69% of the state’s crop is in good to excellent condition, up 10% from January, and a lower percentage of the state is reporting surplus soil moisture. The... (full story)

The USDA says February was a little warmer and drier than normal in Missouri. Winter wheat conditions were mixed with 41% of the crop rated good to excellent, up 2%, but with 9% in poor to very poor shape, an increase of 4% from January’s... (full story)

The following prices are effective from Wednesday 02/26/20 at 12:01 am Eastern Time until midnight Tuesday 03/03/20. The next announcement is scheduled for Tuesday 03/03/20 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time. […] (full story)

A market analyst is keeping a close eye on Chinese purchases of U.S. pork. Mike Zuzolo with Global Commodity Analytics says the best indicator of what China plans to do amidst its phase one trade commitments and the coronavirus outbreak remains in... (full story)

The USDA says February temperatures and precipitation in Minnesota were near normal. There were limited reports of producers harvesting corn with lower moisture levels than last fall, but most of what’s left in the field will probably stay... (full story)

A mostly dry month in Michigan helped soil moisture levels stabilize but wet conditions could still be an issue this spring. The USDA says precipitation was a little bit below normal during February and while surplus soil moisture levels declined,... (full story)

Commodities tried to stabilize following yesterday’s sell-off, which was easier done in soybeans and corn that wheat. We did not see additional selling in the commodities today, but a lack of active buying ahead of month end was a source of pressur... (full story)

By JoAnn Alumbaugh Pre-wean mortality has increased over the last 15 years, and it’s a major concern for U.S. pork producers and veterinarians. In fact, producers lose a bigger proportion of their production in the first three weeks of life than... (full story)

Photo courtesy Iowa Soybean Association Deere has reported surprisingly strong first quarter earnings, which Deere CEO John May says reflects early signs of stabilization in the U.S. farm sector. May says farmer confidence, though still subdued,... (full story)

Governor Walz is proposing $250,000 to enhance farm safety in Minnesota. During a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Walz says recent tragedies highlight the need for more active work around both education and grant funding. “To put... (full story)

The EPA has received two more Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) petitions, bringing the total RFS waiver requests for the 2019 compliance year to 23. Meanwhile, the biofuels industry continues to wait for EPA’s response to a recent court decision on... (full story)

Another hearing on proposed reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is taking place today in Washington with environmental and industry groups testifying on the Trump Administration’s plan to improve the environmental review process. ... (full story)

Iowa saw a wide range of temperatures in February. The USDA says the month was fairly mild, even with temperatures across the state ranging from below zero to above 50 degrees and while northern parts of Iowa are still have snow cover, snow has... (full story)

The USDA says February weather was variable in Indiana. The month started off atypically warmer and wetter and while a cooler pattern emerged later in the month, the statewide average temperature was still three degrees above normal. ... (full story)

Condition ratings for Illinois’ winter wheat crop improved during February. The USDA says 56% of the winter wheat crop is in good to excellent condition, up 9% from January’s report and 10% higher than this time last year. Statewide,... (full story)

The USDA says February temperatures were average in Arkansas, while the state experienced a third consecutive month of excessive rainfall. Those wet conditions kept fieldwork minimal, preventing fertilizer and weed control application. Cattle... (full story)

There was so much going on that I had a... (full story)

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India and U.S. have agreed to negotiate on a bigger trade deal. President Trump told reporters in India that finalizing a trade deal will take some time.  He says, “A lot of very good deals are... (full story)

Direct cash cattle trade activity is still fairly quiet.  There are a few scattered bids on the table on the table in parts of Nebraska at $187.  The rest of cattle country remains quiet.  Asking prices have been reported in the North at $190 plus,... (full story)

Soybeans futures are looking to buy back some of the losses yesterday, the front months are trading 2 3/4 to 3 1/4 cents higher at midday. Soybean meal futures are also bouncing back slightly, with $0.40/ton midday recovery. Soybean oil is adding ano... (full story)

Cotton trades have Tuesday futures adding another triple digits to the losses from yesterday. The Dec cotton contracts are the firmest at 95 points lower, while the front months are down by as much as 246 points. There were 45 deliveries overnight ag... (full story)

Corn futures are firm to fractionally mixed this morning. Yesterday front month corn futures lost 4 to 4 3/4 cents. The national average corn basis from cmdtyView was 11.44 cents under March on 02/25. That was the tightest basis since 11/29, and is 5... (full story)

Lean hog futures are showing firmness with small moves in both directions at Tuesday’s midday. April and May futures are 25 and 7 cents higher, while June contracts are down by 20 cents so far. The CME Lean Hog Index was 4 cents higher to $55.91 on... (full story)

The wheat market is slightly firmer in the front months. KC HRW wheat is the firmest at a 1/4 cent gain. Chicago wheat is up a penny so far. March MPLS HRS wheat futures are up by 1 1/2 cents. Accumulated US exports were up to 493.8 mbu through 02/20... (full story)

Live cattle futures are down triple digits again on Tuesday at midday. Soon to expire Feb futures are down $1.15 so far and running away from last week’s cash trade. Expanded limits are being utilized for March feeders, as futures are trading $1.30... (full story)

Corn futures are firm to fractionally mixed this morning. Yesterday front month corn futures lost 4 to 4 3/4 cents. The national average corn basis from cmdtyView was 11.44 cents under March on 02/25. That was the tightest basis since 11/29, and is 5... (full story)

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Commentary. During National FFA Week many of us remember our time spent building picnic tables, participating in soils judging contests, learning to weld, touring a meat locker, and going to State and National FFA Convention with a van full of... (full story)

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CORN Corn futures are choppy this morning, with Mar down 1/4 of a cent to 3.72, May down 1/4 of a cent to 3.76, and Jul unchanged at 3.79-1/2. Outside markets are mostly lower this morning, with the stock market lowered due to coronavirus fears, Bra... (full story)

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