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1. Automate as much as possible.  Heidi Fischer, co-ownerof Fischer-Clark Farms,says making the facilities work for you is critical. “Try to automate as much as you can, whether that’s alley scrapers or equal pen sizes for ease of moving,” she... (full story)


U.S. corn exports got off to a very slow start this marketing year and an ag economist says a lot of that has to do with Brazil. Todd Hubbs with the University of Illinois says that large run up on expectations of a shorter U.S. crop weakened... (full story)


Missouri’s ag director says it’s been a long year and many farmers say they can’t wait for 2019 to end. But, Chris Chinn says even though the crop season has been tough, with many weather challenges, 85% of corn that WAS planted in the state has... (full story)


Wisconsin has awarded more than 750-thousand dollars to the state’s farmer-led watershed groups.  Twenty-seven groups including three first-time recipients will use the money to help farmers address soil and water issues specific to their... (full story)


What is the potential for corn to dry in the field over the winter months? In all honesty, not particularly good on a per day basis during the December through […] (full story)


Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, moving below what had been support. The trade was continuing to wait for some kind of significant reported progress in negotiations with China. China’s Ministry of Commerce has invited U.S.... (full story)


More farmers are finding it difficult to secure financing.  Minnesota West Community and Technical College Dean of Agriculture and Business Paul Lanoue says he recently worked with some young farmers turned away by traditional lenders. ... (full story)


Spot quotations averaged 105 points lower than the previous week, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. Quotations for the base quality of cotton (color 41, […] (full story)


Events That Shaped Last Weeks Market Moves - November 18 to 22, 2019 (full story)


At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day lower ahead of the Cold Storage and Cattle on Feed reports, which came out Friday.  Lower wholesale values and Thursday’s bearish Livestock Slaughter report also pressured prices.  Feeder... (full story)


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U.S. pork supplies grew to record end of October levels following a record month for pork production. The USDA says pork stocks were up 8% from the end of October 2018 at 614.508 million pounds, up 8% on the year, including a monthly high for loins.... (full story)


The USDA’s Cattle on Feed report came out close to pre-report expectations. Placements into feedlots during October 2019 were up 10% from October 2018 at 2.477 million head, mostly cattle weighing less than 800 pounds, with cold conditions in... (full story)


Consumers drive economic activity and corporate debt is often a measure of sustainable debt function within a functioning economy. (full story)


CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures saw choppy trade this afternoon as prices finished mixed to mostly lower. Front-month Dec corn was up 1/4 cent to 3.68-3/4, while Mar corn lost 1/2 cent to 3.78-1/2. This finished a relatively quiet week, as Dec corn fut... (full story)


Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 17.9 cents per pound for the week ending November 16, down 1.7 cents from the previous week. Marketings of […] (full story)


Dec. corn closed at $3.68 and 3/4, up 1/4 cent Jan. soybeans closed at $8.97, down 4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $299.00, down $2.00 Dec. soybean oil closed at 30.85, up 16 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.15 and 1/4, up 6 and 1/4 cents Dec. live... (full story)


Ron Lamberty with ACE Automakers have been producing fewer flex fuel vehicles in recent years, which is a concern to the ethanol industry. But there is some good news on that front, according to Ron Lamberty with the American Coalition for... (full story)


Based on 4 algo trading strategies developed with the Strategy Factory approach and 3 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for Euro Currency is BEARISH. (full story)


Based on 8 algo trading strategies and 4 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for S&P500 is BULLISH. (full story)


Despite USDA reporting that October milk production rose 1.7%, milk prices continue to remain higher. Can $20 milk stick around? “Right now, it's on firm footing,” Brian Rice of Vault Ag told U.S. Farm Report host Tyne Morgan. “It can last through... (full story)


A number of cases of African swine fever (ASF) have recently been confirmed in wild boars in the Lubuskie province in western Poland.  Intensive searches of the contaminated area and neighboring areas have been underway to analyze the epizootic... (full story)


When Dean Foods announced it was filling for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, the news was couched with indications that Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) was interested in buying some of the company’s assets.  A quick glance at the court documents... (full story)


Our weekly column looks at the slow corn harvest and a gasoline market that is heating up. (full story)


Organic grain producers and processors now have another tool to help them connect. Brett Andricks with AGI SureTrack says the new SureTrack PRO system enables processors to secure grain specific to their needs. “We preach to growers and... (full story)


A group of Senate Democrats released a report claiming that the Trump administration is unevenly distributing trade assistance to farmers impacted by the trade dispute with China. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says the Market Facilitation Program... (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)


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Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed higher for the week despite the slowdown in cash trade. November Class III milk a penny lower at $20.36.  December up nine cents at $18.78.  January 11 cents higher at $18.30. ... (full story)


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The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the water treatment company Evoqua Water Technologies (AQUA). I found the stock by sorting Barchart's Top 100 Stocks list first by the highest Technical buy signals, then used the Flipchart function to re... (full story)


A risk management consultant says now that harvest is essentially complete, keeping grain in condition will be one of the greatest challenges for some farmers. Patti Uhrich with CHS in southern Minnesota tells Brownfield a wet harvest season means... (full story)


For the first time in 19 months, China’s inventory of breeding sows rose while the rate of decline for the world’s largest pork producer’s pig herd slowed for the first time in a year. China’s inventory of breeding sows rose 0.6% in October for... (full story)


Dwayne Faber is a dairy farmer in the Pacific Northwest. His fame, however, comes from Twitter; popularity that seems to be growing. “It was about three or four years ago, I started and had a few tweets that took off and go viral,” explains Faber,... (full story)


The Problem with Feral Hogs In the wake of dual mass shootings in early August of 2019 in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, the issue of feral hogs briefly surfaced into public discussion.  A Twitter user from rural Arkansas responded to country singer... (full story)


Julie Harker will be on the ground in Kirksville on December 6, 2019 for the Missouri Livestock Symposium. Continue reading Missouri Livestock Symposium at Brownfield Ag News.           (full story)


Farmers with land in a floodplain have little time to consider the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center director Warren Formo says NRCS is administering the federal assistance in response to the many... (full story)


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The US shopping season begins in earnest with Black Friday. Holiday sales ads have increasingly targeted electronics. Shopping patterns have grown into a measurable impact on the Japanese Yen, lasting from approximately, Black Friday through Christmas. (full story)


What's the trade - ES, NQ, Crude, Gold, Bonds. (full story)


Corn futures are showing fractional to 1 cent gains in the front months so far on Friday. December options expire today. Total export commitments for corn are slowly whittling away on this time last year, now lagging by 45.4% from the same week in 20... (full story)


Corn futures are showing fractional to 1 cent gains in the front months so far on Friday. December options expire today. Total export commitments for corn are slowly whittling away on this time last year, now lagging by 45.4% from the same week in 20... (full story)


Lean hog futures are up 82 cents in nearby Dec, as other front months are steady to 37 cents lower. The CME Lean Hog Index fell back 4 cents and was at $59.54 for 11/20. The USDA pork carcass cutout value recovered this morning with a $2.46 gain, ... (full story)


Soybeans futures continue to leak lower, down 3 to 3 1/4 cents in the nearby contracts. Soybean meal is down $2.10/ton, with Bean oil 28 points higher. Export commitments of soybeans are now 4.8% above last year, even as unshipped sales down 3%. Accu... (full story)


Live cattle futures are down $1.03 to $2.20 at midday, ahead of the monthly Cattle on Feed report. Feeder cattle futures are $3.80 to $4.025 lower in the front months. The 11/20 CME Feeder Cattle index was down 41 cents to $145.86. Friday boxed be... (full story)


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