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As corn pokes through the soil it’s susceptible to a wide variety of attacks. From insects to disease, attacking organisms see young corn as easy prey—and an attack could be detrimental to yield. (full story)

From left to right, Cheyenne, Angela and Russ Sundstrom, winners of the 2019 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award; Governor Pete Ricketts; Steve Martin with A-FAN; and Homer Buell with the Sand County Foundation Board. A ranch family from southwest... (full story)

Insect activity picks up, painted ladies make a big showing and some walnut frost damage apparent. (full story)

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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has slammed a property tax relief plan put forth by the legislature’s Revenue Committee, saying it would result in “the largest tax increase in Nebraska history”. The committee proposes to increase the state sales... (full story)

Meet the growers behind Wrangler’s Rooted lineup of jeans and t-shirts. These farmers have adopted Wrangler’s sustainable farming practices. The clothing line is sourced from these farms, and cut and sewn in the U.S. Read more in this article. ... (full story)

Someone has to tell the president, “Enough with the tariff threats” with U.S. trading partners. Agriculture can’t afford the outcome. I was wading through the he-said, she-said articles this week generated by the prospect of a... (full story)

DeLaval's OptiDuo robotic feed refresher both pushes and mixes feed for cattle. (full story)

The Cattleman’s Beef Promotion and Research Board has hired Gregory Hanes as their new CEO. Hanes, of Colorado, is chairman of the U.S. Ag Export Development Council. He was previously with the US Meat Export Federation and spent 11 years living... (full story)

Hopefully, the first round of hay harvest only a few weeks away. Two free “Beef Tips” videos from Purdue Extension could help beef producers maximize the quality and quantity of their forage crops. (full story)

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Across the Corn Belt, rain is shifting east as a slow-moving cold front clears the region, though cool, showery weather lingers over the Ohio Valley. Drier weather behind the front will allow fields to dry and producers to resume corn and soybean... (full story)

A storm over the Tennessee Valley will drift northeastward and stall, while an accompanying cold front taps into tropical moisture as it sweeps across the East Coast States. The net result will be a wide swath of 1 to 2 inches of rain (locally... (full story)

Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality expert at the University of California, Davis, will receive the 2019 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. (full story)

Byline: Tony Dreibus 1. Grain Markets Closed For Good Friday Grain markets were closed in observance of Good Friday. Overnight trading will resume on Sunday. ** 2. Corn Sales Jump Week-to-Week While... (full story)

Raw Sugar (SB) rebounded a massive 3.5% plus yesterday, breaking above downchannel resistance (on the daily chart) and closing just shy of the .13 whole figure level. The bigger picture is of SB gravitating towards triangle resistance (on the weekly chart). (full story)

EURUSD sequence remains bearish since topping on February 2018. This article and video describes the short term Elliott Wave path for the pair. (full story)

Wisconsin’s dairy farmers and state government are investing in additional dairy product research. Governor Tony Evers told the Cheese Industry Conference that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will invest 750-thousand dollars,... (full story)

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Rural Broadband – $22Bln | Property Taxes Rising | and more. (full story)

The Trend Trader helps to identify the current trend status of your favorite futures markets. It not only helps us to stay on the right side of market direction, but also helps us avoid those without a trend. You can even use the grid as a spread matrix too - buying strength and selling weakness.... (full story)

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its April 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining […] (full story)

Summary Two rapidly-moving strong storm systems, one “bombing out” in the central Plains during mid-week while a second storm intensified over the middle Mississippi Valley during the weekend, brought severe […] (full story)

The 5-year average for rice planting progress is 34% at this point in the season, but we are only at 19% this year. It’s worth noting that we were at […] (full story)

Drought coverage continues to decrease across the Lower 48 states, after a relatively wet winter for many areas. CPC’s monthly and seasonal precipitation outlooks, valid for May and May-Jun-Jul (MJJ) […] (full story)

Every spring I post an article on this blog about early season thrips management in peanut. The most important difference between 2019 and the previous five years is probably the […] (full story)

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Eannello 240-423-4345 (Cell) ITC Report Underscores Importance of NAFTA and Passing USMCA for US Agriculture   Washington, D.C. (April 18, 2019) – Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)... (full story)

As marketing year (MY) 2018/19 draws to a close, customers of U.S. winter wheat are taking advantage of excellent buying opportunities on competitive pricing and high-quality, consistent supplies. Since the […] (full story)

A significant amount of seed planted this year will have been treated with one or more fungicide, insecticide, nematicide, or biological seed treatments. The following are some key precautions and […] (full story)

EURUSD tumbles on prices sell off as it look to extend more weakness. Support comes in at the 1.1200 where a violation will turn risk to the 1.1150 level. (full story)

Bulk Ocean Freight Rates Remain Relatively Low As of April 11, 2019, the rate for shipping a metric ton (mt) of grain from the U.S. Gulf to Japan was $42.00. […] (full story)

Good news for U.S. farmers who’ve seen milk prices languish because Icelandic yogurt uses more of their product than other kinds. (full story)

Cotton prices continue locked in their technical channel with new crop fighting to climb above 78 cents while the old crop July struggles to breech the 80 cent mark. July’s […] (full story)

Corn futures closed 3/4 lower to 1/2 cent higher, with the nearby contracts the firmest. USDA’s weekly Export Sales report showed sharply higher sales of 947,600 MT for old crop in the week ending April 11. New crop bookings were 18,400 MT. Tr... (full story)

Lean Hog futures turned cautious, with the exception of nearby May. May was up $1.27 broke the $90 mark. The CME Lean Hog Index was up 40 cents from the previous day @ $80.24 on April 16. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was $87.85 in the PM repor... (full story)

Cotton futures closed 61 to 80 points lower on Thursday. The markets will be closed on Friday. USDA reported old crop upland cotton export sales were down 25% from the previous week at 217,600 RB, with 20,600 RB booked for 2019/20. The Cotlook A In... (full story)

Soybean futures settled 1 to 1 3/4 cents higher on position squaring ahead of the 3-day holiday weekend. Meal futures were down $.70/ton but May soy oil was 34 points higher (worth almost 4 cents per bushel in product value). This morning’s wee... (full story)

Wheat futures came back from morning weakness but still closed mostly lower. The CHI futures were 2 to 4 cents lower. KC held up better, UNCH to lower. MPLS spring wheat was down 1 to 4 1/4, with selling concentrated in nearby May. The range of est... (full story)

Corn futures closed 3/4 lower to 1/2 cent higher, with the nearby contracts the firmest. USDA’s weekly Export Sales report showed sharply higher sales of 947,600 MT for old crop in the week ending April 11. New crop bookings were 18,400 MT. Tr... (full story)

Live cattle futures saw a $1.60 pop in nearby April futures, thanks to higher cash cattle trade. The rest of the contracts were 15 lower to 30 higher ahead of the monthly USDA Cattle on Feed report. Feeder cattle futures settled 25 to 95 cents higher... (full story)

A Kansas State University wheat expert says that yellowing in some Kansas wheat fields is not uncommon for this time of year, but growers should be aware of steps they […] (full story)

Brownfield’s Meghan Grebner will be on the ground in Kansas City, Missouri May 22 to 24 for the USMEF Spring Conference. Continue reading USMEF Spring Conference at Brownfield Ag News.           (full story)

The Missouri House has given approval to a bill that would prevent private companies from using eminent domain. The bill, HB 1062, sponsored by Rep. Jim Hansen, was written to head off construction of the Grain Belt Express power transmission... (full story)

Texas corn producers will have hybrids better suited to the state’s longer growing season and multiple stresses in the future after a Texas A&M AgriLife team from across the state […] (full story)

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association executive director Monte Shaw (l) and Iowa ag secretary Mike Naig discussed small refinery exemptions at a news conference Wednesday in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The head of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA)... (full story)

The 2017 Census of Agriculture shows nearly 78,000 farms in Ohio, up three percent from the last census in 2012. Ohio State Statistician Cheryl Turner says small farms saw the biggest increase. “The number of farms where it really increased is... (full story)

Wet weather continues to delay field work in parts of the Corn Belt. Jay Schutte was on the cusp of being able to begin field work until weather intervened. “We had about 4 inches of snow last Sunday and it’s really set us back some,” Schutte... (full story)

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