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USDA planting intentions and grains stocks. No surprise

The best rhetorical question asked about yesterday's significant USDA reports was, “Was there anything that surprised you?” In looking at the response of the market, there were obviously no surprises that were considered significant. FULL STORY »

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A look at the new dairy margin protection program

The new farm bill includes major changes to traditional dairy programs, but the USDA rules and regulations are still being written. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved quite volatile Monday

Corn futures rallied in response to the late-morning USDA reports. The USDA published its quarterly Grain Stocks and annual Prospective plantings reports at 11:00 CDT today, which sparked a bullish move in corn futures. FULL STORY »

Dairy sector developments

Milk prices are high and feed costs are much lower than they were a year ago – but even with good profits, milk producers have not expanded. FULL STORY »

USDA data sent the crop markets scrambling

Corn futures rallied in response to the late-morning USDA reports. The USDA published its quarterly Grain Stocks and annual Prospective plantings reports at 11:00 CDT today, which sparked a bullish move in corn futures. FULL STORY »

Key factors to consider with a California federal order

The 2014 Farm Bill permits California producers to keep some form of their unique quota system if a Federal Milk Marketing Order is adopted. FULL STORY »

Dairy marches out like a lion

Feed prices were trending higher, but milk prices roared in March, and cull cow prices approached $1 per pound, based on end-of-month preliminary reports from USDA. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved quite mixed Friday

Long liquidation seemed to sink corn prices at Friday’s close. Corn futures tested technical resistance around recent highs Friday, which was rather surprising given the looming release of the USDA’s Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports next Monday morning. FULL STORY »

Ag markets were quite mixed Friday morning

Corn traders may be anticipating bullish data. Corn futures are testing technical resistance around recent highs, which is rather surprising when one recalls the looming release of the USDA’s Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports next Monday morning. FULL STORY »

Ag markets were decidedly mixed Thursday night

Corn slipped in Thursday night trading. Little significant grain and soy news emerged overnight, which probably caused traders to think about technical and pragmatic aspects of the situation. FULL STORY »

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