Commentary

Where is the hog cycle?

Lower out-front prices and higher-cost of hogs put some firms in a bind on at least a portion of their volume. This is true of pork packers who looked at $90-plus cutouts back in June and likely thought they could not go much higher. This underlying issue is that analysts have no way of knowing how firms have behaved regarding timing of their sales or pricing or how much hedge protection they may have in place. FULL STORY »

U.S. hogs: Futures fall after sharp drop in wholesale prices

U.S. lean hog futures continued to post losses Wednesday as steadily rising supplies weighed heavily on wholesale prices. FULL STORY »

CBOT corn outlook: Seen weaker in setback from contract highs

U.S. corn futures are expected to start weaker Wednesday as traders take profits following a surge to contract highs. FULL STORY »

U.S. grain and soy review: Declining yield potential lift soy futures

U.S. soybean futures rose Tuesday, fueled by the ongoing threat of declining production potential. FULL STORY »

U.S. livestock review: Hog futures fall on rising supplies, follow-through selling

Lean hog futures fell across the complex on rising supplies and follow-through selling from Monday's losses. FULL STORY »

China cracks down clenbuterol case in pork

China has been cracking down on the illegal manufacture and sale of clenbuterol, a banned drug used as a slimming additive in hog feed, according to the state-run China Daily newspaper. FULL STORY »

U.S. hogs: Futures fall on cash weakness, follow-through selling

Lean hog futures fell Tuesday as concerns about excess supplies led to follow-through selling. FULL STORY »

Watch for stink bugs on soybeans

Last May, Ohio State University researchers wrote an article that discussed potential concerns with stink bugs this summer and in coming years. We are especially worried about the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive stink bug moving toward Ohio from the Mid-Atlantic States. Reports from that region are that the brown marmorated stink bug is again causing injury to soybeans at this time. FULL STORY »

CBOT soy outlook: Seen lower as traders book profits

U.S. soybean futures are poised for a lower start, driven down by traders taking profits after prices rallied to new highs for the current uptrend in the market Monday. FULL STORY »

CBOT corn outlook: Seen lower as traders books profits

Profit-taking is expected to drive down U.S. corn futures Tuesday as the market pulls back from recent gains. FULL STORY »

U.S. livestock review: Hog futures fall on demand concerns

Lean hog futures also fell on demand concerns even as producers are expected to turn out a steadily climbing number of slaughter-ready hogs in coming weeks. FULL STORY »

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