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Corn stocks seen 39 percent higher

The USDA’s Grain Stocks report, released Monday, showed corn stocks at 3.85 billion bushels, up 39 percent from 2013. FULL STORY »

Crop markets reacted badly to the bearish acreage/stocks data

Corn futures fell in reaction to the USDA reports. Monday’s Acreage reports seemed supportive of new-crop corn futures, since the result fell slightly short of forecasts. FULL STORY »

U.S. corn plantings drop to 91.6 million acres

The USDA’s highly-anticipated Acreage report, released Monday, showed corn planting at 91.6 million acres, down 4 percent from 2013. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaner breakevens slump

Pricing off the February lean hog contract for December sales shows a weaner breakeven of $57.89, down $6.33 for the week. The February lean hog contract was down $3.25 for the week while the nearby contracts were basically unchanged. FULL STORY »

Ag markets quiet ahead of today's big USDA reports

Grain prices are setting back prior to Monday’s big USDA reports. The USDA will publish its highly anticipated Grain Stocks and Acreage reports at noon EDT today, which could hugely impact the markets. FULL STORY »

Ag traders preparing for looming USDA reports Friday

Corn futures turned higher as Friday passed. Recent Midwest rainfall has been rather excessive, which has tended to boost new-crop corn prices. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Hog, pork price rally continues

The summer rally in hog and pork prices continues. Wednesday's cutout value, $133.67/cwt, was the second highest ever. Friday morning's pork cutout value was $131.89/cwt FOB the plants, up $5.23 from the week before and up $20.61 from a year ago. FULL STORY »

U.S. hogs and pigs inventory lowest since 2007

According to the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs was reported at 62.1 million head as of June 1, down 5 percent from 2013 and down 1 percent from last month. This is the lowest inventory reported since 2007. FULL STORY »

Doane Market Watch: Hog, pork prices continue to surge

Last week’s hog kill fell 4.0% below the comparable year-ago result, but the decline was almost surely exaggerated by the temporary closure of Smithfield’s big Tarheel plant due to an ammonia leak. FULL STORY »

Ag traders are squaring positions ahead of big USDA reports

Corn futures are mixed around midsession Friday. Recent Midwest rainfall has been rather excessive, which has tended to boost new-crop corn prices. FULL STORY »

Ag markets are starting Friday in mixed-to-weak fashion

Forecasts for reduced Corn Belt rainfall may be weighing on crop prices. Recent rainfall over the Midwest has proven to be too much of a good thing in some areas and tended to boost new-crop prices as a consequence. FULL STORY »

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