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Sept. 1 grain stocks estimates provide no support for prices

Crop prices are currently dominated by expectations of very large U.S. and world crops. The USDA's estimates of September 1, 2014 domestic grain stocks released Tuesday added to the supply pressure for corn and wheat. FULL STORY »

Ag markets ended Tuesday mostly lower

The stocks report weighed on corn futures Tuesday. The quarterly Grain Stocks report stated September 1 U.S. corn stockpiles at 1.236 million bushels, which modestly exceeded industry expectations. FULL STORY »

Four tips for a winning culture

If you’re the owner of a company and you want to maximize the productivity of your workforce, then it’s important to foster engagement, loyalty and productivity, says Jack Daly, an author and corporate sales trainer. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins pushed higher again

Farrow-to-finish margins pushed higher last week, reaching $60.84 per head the week ending September 26, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. Last year at this time, margins were just $4.57 per head. FULL STORY »

Attorney sheds light on manure handling, application regulations

Although the Lake Erie algae problems that contaminated Toledo’s water supply in early August have subsided, the crisis raised questions about animal manure application on farmland in Ohio and how it might have contributed to the problem. FULL STORY »

Corn stocks top 1.2 billion bushels

In its latest Grain Stocks report, the USDA reported 1.24 billion bushels of old crop corn stocks in all positions on Sept. 1, up 50 percent from last year’s report. FULL STORY »

Ag markets posted mixed reactions to the USDA reports

The stocks report weighed on corn futures around midsession Tuesday. The quarterly Grain Stocks report stated September 1 U.S. corn stockpiles at 1.236 million bushels, which exceeded industry expectations FULL STORY »

Consumers want more pork and they want it now

The latest USDA Hogs and Pigs report suggests that pork producers will be able to get more pork to consumers and to get it to them more quickly than had been anticipated. FULL STORY »

Corn harvest pace picks up, but…

…the current progress is still well behind average. FULL STORY »

Ag markets ended Monday mostly higher

Grain traders were probably squaring positions Monday. The corn market has recently suffered badly from prospects for a huge U.S. harvest and from U.S. dollar strength. FULL STORY »

Alumbaugh: Future numbers to be determined by PEDv

It’s like trying to estimate the corn crop in April, say economists, when asked about the hogs and pigs numbers in the next six months. It all depends on what happens with PEDv this winter. FULL STORY »

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