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Ag markets proved rather volatile Wednesday afternoon

Weather and ethanol news may have boosted corn futures Wednesday. The latest weather maps suggest persistent rainfall and returning cold over parts of the Corn Belt next week; that could delay and/or limit spring plantings. FULL STORY »

Ag markets diverged Wednesday morning

Weather and ethanol news may be boosting corn futures Wednesday morning. The latest weather maps suggest persistent rainfall and returning cold over parts of the Corn Belt next week; that could delay and/or limit spring plantings. FULL STORY »

Wheat, beans exceptions to the bullish ag rule Tuesday

Slow planting progress supported the corn market Tuesday. FULL STORY »

Cold Storage: Frozen pork supplies down 11 percent

Total red meat supplies in freezers were down 8 percent from the previous month and down 14 percent from last year. FULL STORY »

Livestock, cotton futures outperformed other ag markets Tuesday

Slow planting progress is still supporting the corn market. The Monday afternoon USDA Crop Progress report showed spring corn plantings running well behind seasonal norms. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Growing retail presence in U.S. pork and beef in Peru

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Technical Services Manager Cheyenne Dixon is in Lima, Peru, this week to conduct training sessions for two local supermarket chains and an association of importers whose members distribute meat to Peruvian retailers. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins falls well below $100 per head

Farrow-to-finish margins dropped below $100 per head to $84.60 per head, compared to $100.96 the previous week and $103.60 one month ago. At this time last year, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker, the farrow-to-finish margin stood at negative $25.52 per head. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaner breakevens slip below $80

Using October lean hog futures the weaner pig breakeven price is $79.32 down $0.23 for the week. Feed costs were up slightly this week, and the October futures were basically unchanged. FULL STORY »

Cattle bucked Monday's bearish ag market trend

Weather news appears to depress the crop markets. Although news that March Chinese imports of U.S. corn fell sharply from last year probably weighed on CBOT prices, the weather was reportedly a bigger factor. FULL STORY »

Ag markets fell by varying amounts Monday morning

Weather news appears to be depressing the crop markets. Although news that March Chinese imports of U.S. corn fell sharply from last year probably weighed on CBOT prices, the weather was reportedly a bigger factor. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Cash hog prices sharply lower for second week

USDA Friday announced that they are making PED virus and Swine Delta Coronavirus reportable diseases. This new reporting requirement will make it easier for USDA to track the spread of the PED virus. FULL STORY »

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