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Heavier hog weights continue to carry the day

For 2014 to date, producer’s decisions to raise hogs to higher weights have been incentivized by very strong hog prices due to lower animal numbers, accommodated by lower feed costs and excess barn space created in the hog supply chain by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv). FULL STORY »

Measuring manure depth in the PEDv era

The Porcine Endemic Diarrhea virus stays viable in stored manure for extended periods of time. In barns that have experienced a PEDv outbreak producers should avoid bringing stored manure back up to surface where it could infect PEDv susceptible pigs. FULL STORY »

Photo of the Day: One cozy momma

One piglet quickly discovered that “Mom makes a great pillow.” FULL STORY »

Corn conditions slip again, but…

…even with a slight dip from last week’s Crop Progress report, this year’s corn crop is rated the best since 2004. FULL STORY »

Ag markets are starting the week on a mixed footing

Corn futures are following through on last week’s late gains. The corn market was clearly depressed by beneficial early-summer weather and huge fall harvest prospects for weeks, but seemed to post a significant low last week. FULL STORY »

Technological advances in 3D printing

New innovations may contribute to healthier and more natural diets. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved decidedly mixed Monday

Crop tour results may have depressed corn futures Monday. Corn futures proved unable to sustain their Sunday-night follow-through to last week’s late rally Sunday night. FULL STORY »

Drought divides the heartland

A mild, wet summer has given the northern tier of the heartland a break from drought, while the drought still has a firm grip on states in the Central and Southern Plains. FULL STORY »

Corn and soybean yield debate continues

The debate about the likely size of USDA's final estimate of the 2014 U.S. average corn and soybean yields continues, with the market apparently anticipating those estimates will exceed the August forecasts, particularly for corn. FULL STORY »

California’s drought worst since at least 1895

More than 80 percent of California is withering under extreme or worse drought, unchanged from last Drought Monitor report and nearly triple the percentage reported on Jan. 1. FULL STORY »

Doane Market Watch: USDA updates pork export numbers

The USDA updated monthly pork export numbers in early August. Those June totals were similar to May since they showed the traditional ‘big four’ U.S. customers continued buying aggressively, whereas Chinese buying kept dipping from their late-winter peak. FULL STORY »

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