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Photo courtesy United Sorghum Checkoff Program The CEO of National Sorghum Producers thinks grain sorghum acres could be higher than the 11 percent increase forecast by USDA. Tim Lust says significant sorghum purchases by China over the past two... (full story)

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More packing plants are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Tyson Foods has suspended operations at its pork processing plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa this week after more than two dozen workers became infected with COVID-19.  ... (full story)

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Energy stocks are a way for traders to leverage the move in oil so the smart/big money tends to move... (full story)

An agribusiness leader says the COVID-19 restrictions have many farmers and farm-related businesses worried about having enough labor.  Chuck Lippstreu with the Michigan Agri-business Association tells Brownfield the availability of workers is... (full story)

Marketing Editor, Mike McGinnis, talks with Doug Martin of Mount Pulaski, Illinois, in the tractor cab to see how conditions are during the 2020 planting season.  News Video (full story)

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Required periodic research is complete on the soybean checkoff return on investment. Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who says the survey indicates the Soybean Checkoff is a worthy... (full story)

There are many seedling diseases that affect corn and soybeans. These diseases can reduce root development, nutrient and water uptake, plant growth, and in severe cases, kill seedlings. One of the biggest issues […] (full story)

Some hospitals and clinics will receive viral sampling kits this week from an unlikely source—the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in College Station. The kits—typically used on pigs, cows and chickens—are being assembled... (full story)

The historic Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day is going virtual for 2020. Event organizers have made the decision to move all educational presentations, tours and trade show to an […] (full story)

US soybean oil is being used in a new line of shoes by Sketchers in collaboration with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The soles of the shoes use the same rubber technology that Goodyear uses in its tires. New York Soybean Farmer Ralph Lott... (full story)

An Illinois farmer says he is concerned about flooding again this year as planting gets underway. “I’ve still got ground with water sitting on it from last year that we have never gotten off.” Daryl Cates farms corn, soybeans and wheat in the... (full story)

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After a tiger at a zoo in New York tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Brownfield interviewed Dr. Jim Lowe, an infectious disease veterinarian with the University of Illinois, who talked about the rapidly changing virus and what experts know... (full story)

Farmers and ranchers are being negatively impacted by the drop in cattle and other commodity prices due to the coronavirus. Minnesota Cattle Rancher Peter Bakken says the prices of his beef have collapsed and the future of his operation is unclear. ... (full story)

The yellow metal and its fiat nemesis. Gold and the dollar certainly move not in a random relation to each other. The strength and direction of one taking the cue from the other changes over time, but what does it tell us about the present moment? Normal 0 ... (full story)

A pork producer in south-central Minnesota says Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, or PRRS, continues to be a problem in her area. Wanda Patsche and her husband Chuck operate CW Pork, a corn, soybean, and hog farm in Martin County. ... (full story)

An Infectious Disease Veterinarian says COVID-19 is NOT a significant animal health risk and is not likely to infect livestock. Jim Lowe with the University of Illinois tells Brownfield COVID-19 is a rapidly changing virus and in the last week... (full story)

Direct cash cattle trade activity is quiet this week.  Bids and asking prices have yet to be established.  It’s likely significant trade volume will be delayed until at least midweek or later.  Beef demand often goes the way of the economy and with... (full story)

Tyson Foods’ pork processing plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, has suspended operations for a week beginning Monday due to more than two dozen cases of COVID-19 confirmed at the facility. “In an effort to minimize the impact on our overall... (full story)

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A contingency plan is a course of action designed to help a business determine how to respond to possible future events.  Contingency plans are often referred to as “Plan B”.  […] (full story)

Wheat futures are showing gains of as much as 8 1/4 cents per bushel following sub-freezing temps over the weekend and ongoing dryness concerns in several parts of the world. SRW wheat futures lead the way so far, with 8 1/4 cent gains. May KC wheat ... (full story)

April cattle futures are at the $4.50 expanded limits, while the other front months are $2.20 and $1.20 lower. Feeder cattle futures are down as much as 42 cents at midday. The April 2 CME Feeder Cattle Index was $121.07, down by $5.02. Some $105 cas... (full story)

The first trade day of the week sees cotton 195 to 211 points higher. Energy market futures are lower as the OPEC+ meeting has been delayed to later this week. The stock market is sharply higher on some indications that the COVID-19 outbreak might be... (full story)

Futures are 3 to 3 3/4 cents lower for the front month corn market. Exports from the week ending April 2 were 1.271 MMT, or 50.1 mbu. That is 19.7% above corn exports from the same week a year ago. Accumulated exports are up to 761 mbu, which is 37% ... (full story)

Soybeans start Monday trading with 3 to 3 1/2 cents higher, due mostly to firmer soy oil. Argentina appeared to be getting a handle on transportation issues and improving the flow of soybeans. That has soymeal futures down another $5/ton in May. May... (full story)

Lean hog futures are up 15 to 65 cents in April and May, while the June contracts are down by a nickel so far. The Fresh Bacon Index was only $67.48, which is a record low, going back to July of 2013. The April 2 CME Lean Hog Index was $2.43 lower to... (full story)

Futures are 3 to 3 3/4 cents lower for the front month corn market. Exports from the week ending April 2 were 1.271 MMT, or 50.1 mbu. That is 19.7% above corn exports from the same week a year ago. Accumulated exports are up to 761 mbu, which is 37% ... (full story)

The USDA says corn export inspections for the week ending April 2nd were more than what’s needed to meet projections for the current marketing year. The 2019/20 marketing year started June 1st for wheat and September 1st for corn, sorghum,... (full story)

An agronomist surveying winter wheat stands says the crop is doing surprisingly well. Rodney Erdman with Pioneer in eastern Wisconsin says, “I looked at a bunch of fields last week that were planted in, you know, the second week of November.... (full story)

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The senior VP of agronomy for the nation’s largest ag cooperative says they are going to extraordinary lengths to protect employees from COVID-19 while ensuring spring inputs are readily available. Gary Halvorson is with Minnesota-based CHS.  He... (full story)

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Grain and soy markets picked up this morning pretty well where they left off on Friday, with corn and beans under pressure and wheat poking higher again.  The strength in wheat appears to be coming from a couple of influences, but at the core are all... (full story)

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WATCH LIVE AT NOON CENTRAL   Today on Farm Journal Live, AgriTalk Radio host Chip Flory joins AgDay's Clinton Griffiths to update COVID-19 news impacting agriculture and look at how continued quarantines are impacting ag markets.  Josh... (full story)

By Iowa Pork Producers Association A Luther, Iowa, barbecue restaurant came out on top in the championship round of Pulled Pork Madness, a bracket-style social media contest presented by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA). Whatcha Smokin?... (full story)

Several leading biofuels and other national ag groups are asking Ag Secretary Perdue to use the USDA’s authority to directly assist biofuels producers whose industry has been hurt by COVID-19. In a letter to Perdue , they say the Commodity... (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)

COTTON General Comments Cotton was lower last week. Much of the selling was related to lost demand potential due to the Coronavirus. The Coronavirus [...] (full story)

AUD and CAD outperforming as equity investors cheer silver lining in Spanish & Italian coronavirus death statistics. Oil opens 10% lower after Saudi Arabia/Russia spat pushes todays OPEC+ meeting to Thursday, but S&P rally helps it recover. EURUSD traders focused on the... (full story)

For each analyst saying China will make significant purchases of U.S. ag products in 2020, there are a dozen naysayers. It’s become popular to assume the worst; there was no stronger evidence of that than the quick death of an 11-year-old bull... (full story)

The Food and Drug Administration is asking importers to send records required by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Foreign Supplier Verification Programs electronically. Because of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, the FDA in mid-March... (full story)

The USDA recommends humans with COVID-19 distance themselves from pets and livestock after a tiger at a zoo in New York tested positive for the virus. Public health officials think multiple large cats at the zoo contracted the virus from a zoo... (full story)

Bears have solid near-term technical advantage amid price downtrend. Next downside target is support at $3.18. (full story)

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