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BBQ Index shows shrinking cattle herds driving beef and BBQ costs

This Fourth of July, Americans will pay more for their backyard barbecues than ever before. The inaugural 2014 Rabobank BBQ Index examines the composition of a ten-person barbecue and how rising commodity prices have impacted the cost over the years, showing an overall price increase from $ 51.90 in 2004 to $55.62during the financial crisis in 2007, to a total of $66.82 in 2014. 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 »

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 »

Ag markets turned mixed Monday morning

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

Ag markets end the week mostly lower

Corn futures continued midweek gains Friday. After having rallied at midweek, corn futures apparently declined in response to negative Chinese news Thursday night. FULL STORY »

Feed grain balance sheets nearly unchanged

Projected 2014/15 corn yield and production are unchanged this month as emergence reached 92 percent on June 8, ahead of the average for the previous 5 years. FULL STORY »

Corn diverged from general ag market weakness Friday morning

Corn futures bounced from overnight losses Friday morning. After having rallied at midweek, corn futures apparently declined in response to negative Chinese news Thursday night. FULL STORY »

Cropp: June Dairy Situation and Outlook

Several factors indicate a slow decline in milk prices. The Class III price may not fall below $20/cwt, until October or November, ending the year around $18.75/cwt. It now looks like the Class III price could average over $21/cwt. for the year, compared to $17.99/cwt. last year. FULL STORY »

Ag markets moved mostly higher Thursday

Traders cited ethanol demand and excess rains for rising corn futures Thursday. Although corn seemed to follow wheat higher Wednesday night, yellow grain prices performed much better today. FULL STORY »

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