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Natural gas spot prices fall

Spot prices fell over the report week at most market locations, with northeastern pricing points reaching record lows in Friday trading before reversing losses at the end of the report week (Wednesday-to-Wednesday). FULL STORY »

Role of benchmarks in the global crude oil market

The Brent-WTI spread, the difference between the front month futures price of North Sea Brent crude oil and that of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil, narrowed to $2.00 per barrel (bbl) as of October 15, after reaching a 2014 high of $14.95/bbl in January (Figure 1). FULL STORY »

Purdue economist: Record crops mean some harvest delays

Indiana's projected record corn and soybean crops will likely result in backups at the state's grain handling facilities and delay some farmers from harvesting, Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. FULL STORY »

Falling gasoline prices: There are lots of reasons why

Plummeting gasoline prices are the result of lagging economic growth in many parts of the world, the end of the summer driving season, less expensive winter gasoline and well-functioning Midwest refineries, Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner says. FULL STORY »

Lower feed costs, less production lead to record livestock prices

The marketing outlook for cattle is basically a continuation of the last couple years, with more record prices. FULL STORY »

Record corn crop realized and forecast raised

The U.S. 2014/15 corn yield forecast is raised once again to a new record high of 174.2 bushels per acre, 2.5 bushels higher than last month’s forecast. FULL STORY »

Large stock market losses depressed commodities Wednesday

Big equity losses weighed on the ag markets Wednesday. Tuesday’s weekly USDA Crop Progress indicated the corn harvest was farther along than expected, which weighed on CBOT futures in early trading. FULL STORY »

Financial markets affected commodity futures Tuesday morning

Big equity losses are weighing on the ag markets. The weekly USDA Crop Progress indicated the corn harvest was farther along than expected, which weighed on CBOT futures in early trading. FULL STORY »

Consumers less likely to spend money on beef products, deli ham

Oklahoma State University's October Food Demand Survey shows that while people are spending more in grocery stores on food, they are less willing to buy steak, hamburger, chicken breast and deli ham than one month ago. FULL STORY »

Cattle and pork fall on Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Wednesday morning, both beef and pork were trading lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. FULL STORY »

Soggy weather stalls corn harvest yet again

Thanks to fickle weather, it’s been a slow start to the 2014 corn harvest with just 24 percent of harvest completed FULL STORY »

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