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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 »

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 »

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