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Say ‘adios’ to La Nada

Here comes El Niño, and early data suggests it could grow into a monster. FULL STORY »

Farrow to finish margins drop but still above $110 per head

After climbing to more than $116 per head the previous week, farrow to finish margins finished the week ending April 4 at $111.06 per head. At this time last month, margins were $66.31 and at this time last year, they were negative $28.87. FULL STORY »

Hogs diverged from general advance in other ag markets Tuesday

Optimism about Wednesday’s WASDE result seemed to boost the crop markets Tuesday. Chinese officials announced Monday night that they had approved Brazilian corn for import, so the implied increase in competition for U.S. corn weighed on CBOT prices. FULL STORY »

Corn planting begins…for some

The return of spring-like weather helped farmers make progress in planting corn across nearly one-quarter of the country’s top corn-producing states, primarily in Plains states. FULL STORY »

TQA program recently updated

Pork producers, employees and handlers can renew TQA Certification online. FULL STORY »

Ag markets generally bounced from Monday's lows

Optimism about Wednesday’s WASDE result seemed to boost corn futures this morning. Chinese officials announced Monday night that they had approved Brazilian corn for import. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved quite mixed Monday

Corn futures started the week on a soft note. Ongoing rains over parts of the Corn Belt and improved weather forecasts for the central U.S. seemed to weigh upon corn futures Monday. Traders reportedly expect late-week dryness to allow a big surge in plantings. FULL STORY »

PEDv losses not as large as expected

The headline for the last USDA Hogs and Pigs report could have been: "PEDv Losses Not as Large as Expected." A week later, spring and summer lean futures are down nearly $10 per hundredweight, or about eight percent. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Red meat exports remain strong in February

Buoyed by double-digit export growth to Mexico – the largest volume market for all U.S. red meat exports – U.S. pork and beef exports performed well in February despite growing concerns about tight supplies and rising prices, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. FULL STORY »

Ag markets seemingly weakened as Monday morning passed

Corn futures started the week on a soft note. Ongoing rains over parts of the Corn Belt and improved weather forecasts for the central U.S. seemed to weigh upon corn future Sunday night FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaner breakevens drop nearly $7

The weaner pig breakeven price is $81.63, down $6.94 for the week. The lower breakeven was driven by October futures dropping $2.70 for the week and feed prices increasing $1.46 per head. FULL STORY »

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