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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 »

Ag markets moved mostly lower Monday

Reduced frost risk undercut the crop markets Monday. The lack of action in the Black Sea region probably depressed the grain markets today, but the early revision to the weather forecast seems more important at this point. FULL STORY »

Doane Market Watch: Hog slaughter total 10% below 2013

It now appears that long-anticipated reductions of 10 percent or more in hog supplies are showing up in the marketplace. In fact, the estimated slaughter total for the last two weeks of August fell almost exactly 10 percent under year-ago. FULL STORY »

Ag markets moved mostly lower Monday morning

Reduced frost risk is undercutting the crop markets. The lack of action in the Black Sea region is probably depressing the grain markets Monday morning, but the early revision to the weather forecast seems more important at this point. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaner breakeven drops to $73.69

Pricing off the April lean hog contract for March sales shows a weaner breakeven of $73.69 down $2.90 for the week. Futures prices were down $2.00 and feed costs were down $1.14 per head. FULL STORY »

Natural gas storage on the decline in 2014

In the first six months of 2014, net working natural gas design storage capacity in the Lower 48 states grew nearly 7 billion cubic feet (Bcf), to 4,688 Bcf, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) last Friday. FULL STORY »

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