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USDCHF may be consolidating but faces risk of a move further lower. Resistance comes in at the 0.9950 level. (full story)

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Hemp Gin Planned | Dicamba Fatigue  | and more. (full story)

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist Joe Outlaw didn’t sugar-coat agricultural commodity outlooks at the recent Texas Wheat Symposium. Times are tough. But Outlaw, Ph.D., co-director of the Agricultural and […] (full story)

The Blackland region’s most comprehensive agricultural and food production conference is scheduled for Jan. 14 at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave. The event is sponsored by the Texas […] (full story)

As of December 3, 2019, USDA reported $10.33 billion in Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for 2019, with payments being made in three tranches of 50% in August, 25% in […] (full story)

Cash Market Rice prices in India have experienced a setback this week. U.S.DA has forecast that India’s production will drop 2% from last year. With all the focus on the […] (full story)

Lingling Wei, Bob Davis, William Mauldin and Josh Zumbrun reported in Friday’s Wall Street Journal that, “President Trump has agreed to a limited trade agreement with Beijing that will roll back […] (full story)

The new baby bull – now just some five weeks old and falling with almost every step – finally completed a few successful steps this week. As we have said […] (full story)

The U.S. rural economy will continue to face headwinds in 2020 and is expected to underperform relative to the economy of urban America. Since 2014, GDP growth in rural counties […] (full story)

  Market Watch with Alan Brugler Dec 13, 2019 Chinese Wolf The number of official trade consultations between the US and China is into double digits since the trade war began.  The number of tweets, trial balloons and statements regarding the... (full story)

Soybean futures were nearly up by double digits on Friday, retreating from earlier session gains of 18-19 cents. Optimism about increased Chinese purchases drove the buying. Meal futures were $2.70 higher Friday, with Jan meal down $2.40 for the week... (full story)

The wheat market posted gains of as much as 2 3/4 cents in the front month, with front month KC wheat showing no change on the day. Chicago wheat futures were 8 cents higher wk/wk. KC wheat futures were higher by 12 cents over last week. MPLS wheat g... (full story)

Live cattle futures were higher Friday, by more than $2 in many contracts. Dec futures finished the week with a $2.17 1/2 gain over last week. Feb futures led the Friday rally with a $2.72 push. Feeder cattle futures neared the $4.00 mark, with Jan f... (full story)

The cotton market closed in the red on Friday, with front month futures down by as much as 46 points. That wasn’t enough to erase earlier March gains, as the front month futures were higher wk/wk, by 71 points. The weekly Commitment of Traders repo... (full story)

Lean hog futures were higher on Friday, with gains of 60 cents to $1.87 in the nearby contracts, while Feb gained $1.950 cents on the week. The CME Lean Hog Index for 12/11 was up 26 cents to $59.72. Managed money was shown Net short hog futures in t... (full story)

Nearby contracts for corn rose by 3 1/4 to 3 3/4 cents on Friday, pushing the futures to a 4 1/4 cent gain on the week. Corn futures were again shorted by the spec traders. Their net position grew by 29,664 contracts wk/wk which was the largest wk/wk... (full story)

Nearby contracts for corn rose by 3 1/4 to 3 3/4 cents on Friday, pushing the futures to a 4 1/4 cent gain on the week. Corn futures were again shorted by the spec traders. Their net position grew by 29,664 contracts wk/wk which was the largest wk/wk... (full story)

U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers say they’re encouraged by news of a trade agreement with China. Steven Mercer with U.S. Wheat says, “We don’t have a lot of details about what’s in it yet but... (full story)

Farmers for Free Trade’s Co-Executive director says they need to see commitment from China to be satisfied with the phase one trade agreement reached Friday. Brian Kuehl says there are doubts about President Trump’s claim that China will... (full story)

Irrigation is expensive. And there are a lot of non-irrigated or “dryland” acres across the Panhandle. 2019 was characterized by persistent drought stress for much of the season (see below). […] (full story)

Missouri state agriculture director Chris Chinn says seeing a deal reached on the USMCA and now a tentative ag agreement with China is an early Christmas present for farmers. “Since day one of me being director at the Missouri Department of... (full story)

The details of the U.S. and China phase one trade deal have not been announced, but a Wisconsin corn grower says it’s the kind of news they’ve been waiting for. Tom Gillis is on the Wisconsin Corn Growers board and serves the U.S. Grains Council. ... (full story)

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa called it an important milestone that Congress received the text and materials for the US Mexico Canada Agreement today. Grassley says he expects the House to pass the deal soon followed by... (full story)

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association say they want to learn more about the details but are optimistic the phase one agreement with China could bring long lasting relief to farmers and ranchers. CEO Colin Woodall says they encourage the... (full story)

After one year of growing industrial hemp in test plots, Kansas State University researchers say they’ve moved closer to providing guidance to producers interested in growing the alternative crop in […] (full story)

Christmas came early to the cotton market this week via several items of encouraging news. Starving for something positive, the market broke out the top side of a narrow trading […] (full story)

Soybeans were higher on fund and technical buying, helping the most active months to double digit weekly gains. Phase one of the trade deal between the U.S. and China has been confirmed, but more details will need to be ironed out, including about... (full story)

The President of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers praises the Trump administration’s decision to scale back tariffs and NOT put new tariffs this Sunday in place as planned. Dennis Slater says it’s a step in the right direction because... (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day higher supported by higher cash trade, strong wholesale values during the session, and optimism surrounding the trade deal with China.  Feeder cattle were higher on the same... (full story)

Cattle and Feeders surge, Hogs fail to hold its gains (full story)

CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures ended the day mixed with nearby Dec losing 3/4 cent, closing at 3.66-1/4, the final closing price for the Dec contract. Mar gained 3-1/4 closing at 3.81, its highest close since the first week of December. New crop Dec c... (full story)

Agriculture’s grand challenge of feeding the world’s growing population while protecting the environment just got a big boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) awarded […] (full story)

Based on 8 algo trading strategies developed with the Strategy Factory approach and 4 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for Gold is NEUTRAL. (full story)

Based on 9 algo trading strategies developed with the Strategy Factory approach and 4 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for Crude Oil is NEUTRAL. (full story)

Long Term Option Play Explored (full story)

In its December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, USDA now expects world wheat production for marketing year 2019/20 to increase by 5 percent to 765 million metric […] (full story)

The pork industry is excited about the prospects for expanded opportunities in China after the U.S. and China agreed on the text of a phase one trade deal, which will see the removal of tariffs on Chinese goods in stages, Bloomberg reports. "We... (full story)

Dec. corn closed at $3.66 and 1/4, down 3/4 cent Jan. soybeans closed at $9.07 and 1/2, up 9 and 1/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $295.50, up $2.90 Dec. soybean oil closed at 32.27, up 24 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.39 and 1/4, unchanged Dec.... (full story)

Angus Catchot and Darrin Dodds talk with Brandon Potts and Amy Unzicker from Case IH from the 2019 Mississippi State University Row Crop Short Course. http://extension.msstate.edu/sites/default/files/audio/CSR_CaseIH.mp3 (full story)

Indiana Farm Bureau photo Indiana Farm Bureau has been providing Hoosier farmers a voice since 1919. President Randy Kron says the organization will continue to advocate for growers as they face challenging growing conditions, trade disputes,... (full story)

By Jennifer Brown This market update is a PorkBusiness.com weekly column reporting trends in weaner pigs. All information contained in this update is for the week ended Dec. 13. Looking at hog sales in June 2020 using June 2020 futures, the... (full story)

From soybeans to rice, corn to peanuts, 2019 has been a challenging year for many, if not most, Arkansas growers. Continuous intermittent rains postponed winter fieldwork or outright made it […] (full story)

PhytoGen announces two new cottonseed varieties – PhytoGen brand PHY 400 W3FE and PHY 500 W3FE – will be available in 2020. These two varieties enhance the company’s wide-ranging portfolio […] (full story)

Based on 4 algo trading strategies developed with the Strategy Factory approach and 3 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for Euro Currency is BEARISH. (full story)

Based on 8 algo trading strategies and 4 indicator based algo strategies, the current position bias for S&P500 is BULLISH. (full story)

Arkansas peanut growers faced harsh weather challenges in 2019, including weeks when the rain never seemed to end and a late-season deep freeze. In early November, a mass of arctic […] (full story)

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 17.1 cents per pound for the week ending December 7, down 2.5 cents from the previous week. Marketings of […] (full story)

Spot quotations averaged 156 points higher than the previous week, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. Quotations for the base quality of cotton (color 41, […] (full story)

Milk futures were mostly down and cash dairy prices were mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Friday.   December Class III milk was down $.03 at $19.40.  January was down $.21 at $18.03. February was down $.07 at $17.60.  March was... (full story)

Yes, there was a USDA report this week, but that’s not what stole market headlines or moved prices. Instead, it was news out of China. President Donald Trump signed off on a so-called phase-one trade deal with China, averting the Dec. 15 introduction... (full story)

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