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Cooney: Weaned breakevens soar to $81.92

Pricing off the April lean hog contract for March sales shows a weaner breakeven of $81.92 up $8.23 for the week. Futures prices were up $2.35 for the week and feed costs were down $3.46 per head. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: USDA lowers 2014 pork production

The September USDA crop report estimated the U.S. average corn yield at a record 171.7 bushels per acre. FULL STORY »

Corn, soybean crops get even bigger

On the heels of corn harvest, the USDA has raised its forecast for 2014 corn production to record prospects. FULL STORY »

Thursday's USDA reports generally bearish for crop markets

Corn futures reacted weakly to today’s USDA reports. The USDA’s September Crop Production and WASDE reports seemingly held bearish implications for the corn outlook, since futures built upon early losses in the wake of the news. FULL STORY »

USDA drops 2014 pork production

Despite heavy weights, pork production was lowered due to a reduction in hog slaughter. FULL STORY »

Ag markets posted mixed closes ahead of Thursday's USDA reports

Traders were looking forward to Thursday’s USDA reports Wednesday. Expectations for a massive corn harvest have weighed heavily upon the market this summer. FULL STORY »

Grain and soy prices remained weak Tuesday

Bearish expectations weighed on crop futures again Tuesday. The reduced threat of frost this weekend seemingly triggered fresh selling in the crop markets today, but traders were probably anticipating bearish production revisions on Thursday’s big USDA reports as well. FULL STORY »

Livestock diverged from weak crop futures Tuesday morning

Bearish expectations continue weighing on crop futures. The reduced threat of frost this weekend seemingly triggered fresh selling in the crop markets this morning, but traders are probably anticipating bearish production revisions on Thursday’s big USDA reports. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins rebound slightly

Farrow-to-finish margins increased last week to $33.49 per head compared to $28.10 per head the previous week, according to the latest Sterling Profit Tracker data. Last month, margins were $77.80 per head, but last year at this time, farrow-to-finish margins stood at just $5.09 per head. FULL STORY »

Crop markets are starting Tuesday on a down beat

Reduced frost risk continued undercutting the crop markets Monday night. Monday’s revision of the likely frost line associated with the cold front sweeping south Thursday night depressed the crop markets yesterday. FULL STORY »

2014 corn harvest kicks off (for some)

Corn conditions are holding strong as more states begin reporting harvest progress. FULL STORY »

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