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Cotton the exception to ag market strength Thursday morning

The Export Sales report boosted corn futures Thursday morning. Short-covering seemed to support the grain and soy markets Wednesday night and the early-morning Export Sales report apparently sparked additional buying. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins top $91 per head

In the hog markets, farrow-to-finish margins topped $91 per head last week, finishing the week ending June 20 at $91.24 per head compared to $82.75 the previous week. FULL STORY »

Corn net sales nearly triple last week’s report

After plummeting to an annual low last week, the USDA’s Weekly Export Sales report showed a significant rebound this week. FULL STORY »

Exports: Pork net sales soar to 10-week high

According to the USDA’s Weekly Export Sales report, pork net sales of 17,100 metric tons (MT) for 2014 were up noticeably from the previous week and 85 percent from the prior 4-week average. FULL STORY »

Livestock futures turned volatile Wednesday morning

Rainy forecasts may be limiting corn losses. Although the outlook for the fall corn harvest looks very favorable, recent rainfall in the western Corn Belt has concerns about excessive moisture and flooding. FULL STORY »

Livestock futures diverged sharply from crop markets Tuesday

Favorable conditions again weighed on the crop markets. Monday’s Crop Progress report indicated that corn growing conditions are still very good by historical standards, which matched expectations. FULL STORY »

More large hog farms, but fewer overall

The 2012 Census of Agriculture paints a predictable picture. FULL STORY »

Brumm: Expectations of Friday's Hogs and Pigs report

This year it appears that we can forget about cycles due to the on-going shortage of pigs due to PEDv. The yearly high so far in weaned pigs occurred in late March with those pigs going to market in August. FULL STORY »

Anticipatory foreign buying, animal disease lead to higher April

U.S. pork exports in April were more than 436 million pounds, a volume almost 10 percent larger than exports a year ago. FULL STORY »

Heartland a mixed bag of corn conditions

The nation’s corn crop conditions dipped slightly this week in the latest Crop Progress report, but even with the decline, conditions still remain the best since 2010: FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved decidedly mixed Monday

Grain traders seemed to change their minds about recent rains Monday. The crop markets surged Sunday night, with traders citing worries about excessive rainfall damaging growing crops. FULL STORY »

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