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Farmers in Brazil are expected to retain their position as the leading soybean producers in the world both this season and next. The USDA has lowered its’ estimate for the current soybean crop in Brazil to 124.5 million tons because of dry... (full story)

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COVID-19 has claimed the lives of at least three employees of America’s protein processing industries. A longtime employee of JBS USA’s Greeley, Colo., beef plant died Tuesday night, the company has confirmed. Two workers at the Tyson Foods... (full story)

Mike McGinnis, Agriculture.com’s Markets Editor discusses Brazil’s record-large soybean sales and exports, via Skype, with Daniele Siqueira, AgRural Market Analyst. Following large March sales, April soybean sales are expected to be sharply higher,... (full story)

Dairy leaders are attempting to develop a COVID-19 relief plan that does not create more problems down the road. Minnesota Milk executive director Lucas Sjostrum says his Association has tweaked a proposal from the National Milk Producers... (full story)

The executive director of the US Soy Transportation Coalition says two pieces of legislation that were agenda items for Congress and Trump administration before COVID-19 could benefit agriculture and the economy. Mike Steenhoek says the surface... (full story)

While dairy farmers across the country seek to reduce their total milk production, either to meet base requirements or because their processor demands it, they will likely choose to sell cows or dry them off early. Because cow prices are falling by... (full story)

Maybe someday.  For years, Chet and Cassie Mogler dreamed about adopting a child internationally. With five young children of their own, they kept thinking that maybe someday it would feel right to make that dream a reality. Two years ago, Cassie... (full story)

Many analysts expect actual planted acres to deviate from USDA’s March 31st prospective planting estimates. U.S. Commodities president Don Roose says he anticipates fewer than 97 million acres of corn, more than 85 million acres of soybeans, and... (full story)

The USDA has lowered most 2020 commercial production estimates for red meat and poultry because of demand and production uncertainties linked to the spread of COVID-19. Beef production was down 255 million pounds from March at 27.445 billion, with... (full story)

The Smithfield Foods hog processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is closing temporarily after more than 80 employees tested positive for coronavirus. Governor Kristi Noem’s office says state officials have been in close communications with... (full story)

Despite many aspects of American society grinding to a halt, livestock auctions continue in various formats. Some have switched to strictly virtual formats, while others are employing strict restrictions on participation. ... (full story)

Finding the microbe that had the genetic potential to convert atmospheric nitrogen to ammonium didn’t happen overnight. In this Managing for Profit Sarah Blach, associate director of research strategy with Pivot Bio talks about how they identified... (full story)

A U.S. Senator and member of the Senate Ag Committee says lawmakers are waiting with bated breath for guidance from USDA on COVID-19 relief for agriculture. Minnesota Democrat Tina Smith tells Brownfield she’s been in close contact with Ag... (full story)

USDA has released information about the Small Business Administration’s $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program. Agricultural producers, farmers, ranchers, and small agricultural cooperatives with 500 or fewer employees are eligible for the... (full story)

Who says hog barns aren’t attractive? With the technology that more and more producers are implementing into their operations, barns have become a more attractive work environment than ever before, says Tim Kurbis, president of New Standard US Inc. ... (full story)

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The gut is the largest immune organ in the body, and it may be the new frontier for human and cattle health. As consumers call for decreased antibiotic use in livestock, the relationship between the digestive and immune systems could allow diet to... (full story)

Dairy producers frequently add clay as a feed supplement to reduce the symptoms of aflatoxin and subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) in lactating cows. In a new study from the University of Illinois, researchers show that clay can also improve the... (full story)

The USDA has tightened the domestic carryover outlook for rice but raised U.S. cotton ending stocks. The reduction on rice was due to a lower import projection, but the USDA did raise the expected average farm price by $.20 on the month to $13.20 per... (full story)

Direct cash cattle trade activity is fairly quiet so far today.  No bids have been renewed and asking prices are around $110 live in the South and $175 dressed in the North.  There’s been a light to moderate trade reported in much of cattle country... (full story)

Front month cattle futures are mixed, with April up by 20 cents. The other front months are down $2.07 to $2.62. Feeder futures are lower by as much as $1.45 at midday. The April 7 CME Feeder Cattle Index was $116.79, down by $0.26. USDA estimates 20... (full story)

Following the WASDE updates, soybeans are 7 to 8 cents higher. May soymeal futures are up by $1.10/ton. May bean oil futures are 14 points higher at midday. USDA updated the 19/20 soybean projected carryout to 480 mbu, which is more than the pre-repo... (full story)

Midday trades pushed the lean hog futures market $0.97 to $2.15 in the red on Thursday. The CME Lean Hog Index was down by $2.55 at $52.97. The National Average Base Hog price was down 37 cents to $39.97. The April WASDE update to pork production was... (full story)

Corn futures are trading up by as much as 2 cents in the aftermath of the WASDE release. September contracts are down 1/4 at midday. The USDA cut U.S. corn used for ethanol by 375 mbu, increased feed and residual by 150, and left exports UNCH at 1.72... (full story)

Corn futures are trading up by as much as 2 cents in the aftermath of the WASDE release. September contracts are down 1/4 at midday. The USDA cut U.S. corn used for ethanol by 375 mbu, increased feed and residual by 150, and left exports UNCH at 1.72... (full story)

Cotton futures are 27 to 53 points lower at Thursday’s midday. OPEC agreed to cut crude oil production, and oil prices are higher trading around $25.90/ barrel. US cotton export sales from the week ending April 2 were negative, largely because Chin... (full story)

Wheat is trading higher after the USDA updates. KC HRW is the strongest so far with May futures up 7 cents. That has more to do with putting in weather premium than it does the report. Chicago wheat is up 2 3/4 cents/bu in May, and May HRS wheat futu... (full story)

LSU AgCenter personnel are working remotely to try to reduce the spread of the COVID-19, but they are still available to help. Besides emails and phone calls, crop and livestock specialists […] (full story)

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The Trump administration issued new guidelines Wednesday to make it easier for essential workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 to return to work if they do not have symptoms. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and... (full story)

The USDA has raised domestic ending stocks projections for corn, soybeans, and wheat. Corn ending stocks were up 200 million bushels on the month at nearly 2.1 billion with the USDA slashing the ethanol use estimate as blending demand drops because... (full story)

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Everywhere we look, the news is heavy duty, whether it’s the markets, the weather or Covid-19 reports.  We’ve been searching for some uplifting news and thought you might enjoy seeing […] (full story)

WASDE REPORT FOR 4/9/20 (full story)

WATCH LIVE AT NOON CENTRAL   Market analyst Elaine Kub will join Clinton Griffiths for live analysis of today's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate. (full story)

USDCAD ended a three-wave, A)-B)-C) correction within a bigger wave 2 at the 1.294 level, from where a new rise started developing. (full story)

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA is going to broaden its investigation of beef industry pricing practices to include recent developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Perdue tweeted on Wednesday that the agency will expand its investigation... (full story)

Smithfield Foods’ pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., is closing for three days starting on Saturday, April 11, and will remain closed on Sunday and Monday while essential employees clean the plant.  The plant has quickly become one of the... (full story)

CORN Corn markets are slightly lower in quiet trade ahead of the April Supply and Demand report. May, July and Dec are all down 0.005 to 3.295, 3.35 and 3.4875 respectively. Dry conditions in Brazil along with the strengthening Brazilian real are su... (full story)

Most people agree that when it comes to porcine circovirus 3 (PCV3), there are still more questions than answers.  Emily Byers, DVM, with Prestage Farms, is frequently asked: How do you know if PCV3 is real? She says the more important question... (full story)

A Missouri peach farmer was recently awarded $265 million after a jury found that his orchard was damaged by dicamba-based pesticides. Hundreds of similar lawsuits have been filed, and their […] (full story)

Corn and pork export sales notched marketing year highs during the week ending April 2nd. Old crop corn sales were nearly 1.9 million tons, mainly to Japan and South Korea, with new crop sales of more than 600,000 tons, primarily to China. China was... (full story)

The exercise of mixing powder and water to create milk replacer solution may seem like a simple, and even mundane task. But it turns out you can create a lot of variability in the final product, depending on the procedures you use. ... (full story)

DJ U.S. April Grain, Soybean Stockpiles Estimates — Survey CHICAGO–The following are analysts’ estimates in millions of bushels for U.S. ending stockpiles for 2019-20, [...] (full story)

The Trump administration will seek an additional $250 billion to support small businesses hurt by the widespread economic shutdown and slowdown. Will the government and the Fed save the US economy? What would be the consequences for the gold market? Normal 0 21 ... (full story)

COTTON General Comments Cotton was mixed to a little higher in recovery trading but macro fundamentals are showing mixed trends. Most important to Cotton [...] (full story)

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