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Crop markets reacted badly to the bearish acreage/stocks data

Corn futures fell in reaction to the USDA reports. Monday’s Acreage reports seemed supportive of new-crop corn futures, since the result fell slightly short of forecasts. FULL STORY »

U.S. corn plantings drop to 91.6 million acres

The USDA’s highly-anticipated Acreage report, released Monday, showed corn planting at 91.6 million acres, down 4 percent from 2013. FULL STORY »

Policy Update: Dairy Producer Margin Protection Program (DPMPP)

The DPMPP premiums will follow a two tier schedule. For a production base at 4 million pounds or less there is one schedule and for those farms with a production base over 4 million pounds another, more expensive schedule. FULL STORY »

Ag markets quiet ahead of today's big USDA reports

Grain prices are setting back prior to Monday’s big USDA reports. The USDA will publish its highly anticipated Grain Stocks and Acreage reports at noon EDT today, which could hugely impact the markets. FULL STORY »

Ag traders preparing for looming USDA reports Friday

Corn futures turned higher as Friday passed. Recent Midwest rainfall has been rather excessive, which has tended to boost new-crop corn prices. FULL STORY »

Ag traders are squaring positions ahead of big USDA reports

Corn futures are mixed around midsession Friday. Recent Midwest rainfall has been rather excessive, which has tended to boost new-crop corn prices. FULL STORY »

Ag markets are starting Friday in mixed-to-weak fashion

Forecasts for reduced Corn Belt rainfall may be weighing on crop prices. Recent rainfall over the Midwest has proven to be too much of a good thing in some areas and tended to boost new-crop prices as a consequence. FULL STORY »

Ag markets moved mostly higher Thursday

The Export Sales report boosted corn futures Thursday. Short-covering seemed to support the grain and soy markets Wednesday night and the early-morning Export Sales report apparently sparked additional buying, since old-crop corn sales slightly exceeded expectations. FULL STORY »

Cotton the exception to ag market strength Thursday morning

The Export Sales report boosted corn futures Thursday morning. Short-covering seemed to support the grain and soy markets Wednesday night and the early-morning Export Sales report apparently sparked additional buying. FULL STORY »

Corn net sales nearly triple last week’s report

After plummeting to an annual low last week, the USDA’s Weekly Export Sales report showed a significant rebound this week. FULL STORY »

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 »

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