USDA announces important farm bill dates

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). FULL STORY »

Now is the time to plan your 2015 weed control

With a chill in the air that feels all too much like autumn is upon us already, it's a great reminder that the 2014 growing season is coming towards its conclusion. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaner breakeven still climbing

Pricing off the April lean hog contract for March sales shows a weaner breakeven of $83.50 up $2.71 for the week. Futures prices were up $1.38 for the week and feed costs were down $0.13 per head. FULL STORY »

Hog markets led cattle lower on Friday

Grain futures remained surprisingly stable Friday. Strong employment data and mixed economic numbers boosted stocks and sent the U.S. dollar soaring Friday morning. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: 2015 slaughter forecast tops 110 million head

USDA's September hog inventory survey gives much the same outlook at the June survey. My current forecast of 2015 hog slaughter is 110.606 million head. That is 49,000 head higher than my prediction following the June hogs and pigs report. FULL STORY »

Pork supplies to increase faster than expected

A new federal report suggests that pork producers will be able to get more pork to consumers - and more quickly - than had been expected, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. FULL STORY »

CME Group to shorten livestock futures electronic trading hours

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group decided to scale back electronic trading hours for its livestock markets following customer feedback, the exchange announced on Friday. FULL STORY »

Crop futures mixed Friday morning

Grain futures remained surprisingly stable Friday morning. Strong employment data and mixed economic numbers boosted stocks and sent the U.S. dollar soaring this morning. FULL STORY »

Ag markets generally edged upward Thursday night

Corn futures remained firm Thursday night. The weather system currently moving across the Midwest will almost surely slow the fall harvest somewhat. FULL STORY »

Drought creeps back into the southern Plains

Though drought conditions in portions of the southern Plains may persist for the time-being, longer term relief may soon be coming. FULL STORY »

Crop markets posted another general rebound Thursday

Corn markets ended Thursday on a firm note. Although crop futures dipped again Wednesday night and Thursday’s news seemed less than supportive, they ended the day have posted moderate gains. FULL STORY »

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