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U.S. ethanol production surged last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 1.048 million barrels a day, up 31,000 on the week, for the highest weekly average since mid-January. The industry continues to watch... (full story)

The Illinois Farm Bureau opposes Governor J.B. Pritzker’s progressive income tax proposal and is encouraging farmers to do the same. Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert tells Brownfield a call to action was sent to their members Monday asking... (full story)

An audit of Fair Oaks Farms is underway after the owners say that a group of employees joined the northern Indiana farm with the intent of creating misleading animal cruelty videos.  Mike and Sue McCloskey posted a video defending their... (full story)

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EURUSD breaks below 1.1183/75 support zone leaving risk of more decline on the cards. (full story)

Corn futures are showing 2 to 3 cent losses in most nearby contracts at midday. The ethanol market is weaker, following a slight uptick in stocks. Weakness in wheat is also dragging on corn. This morning’s EIA report showed ethanol production i... (full story)

Lean Hog futures are mixed at midday, with nearby contracts higher and deferred contracts lower. The CME Lean Hog Index was up another 53 cents from the previous day @ $82.07 on April 22. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was 87 cents higher in the ... (full story)

Cotton futures are trading 55 to 87 points in the red at midday. The Dollar is showing continued strength on Wednesday, with crude oil lower. There were 114 deliveries against May on Wednesday. USDA will update their weekly Export Sales report on Thu... (full story)

Soybean futures are down 4 to 5 cents on Wednesday. Spillover from the grains is dragging the market lower at midday. Meal futures are 30 cents/ton lower, with May soy oil 2 points in negative territory. May options expire on Friday. Canadian Canola ... (full story)

Wheat futures are trading 6 to 8 cents lower in most contracts on Wednesday, following confirmation of higher Canadian acres. Canadian wheat acres are seen at 25.674 million acres for 2019, up 3.8% from last year and above most estimates according to... (full story)

Corn futures are showing 2 to 3 cent losses in most nearby contracts at midday. The ethanol market is weaker, following a slight uptick in stocks. Weakness in wheat is also dragging on corn. This morning’s EIA report showed ethanol production i... (full story)

Live cattle futures are posting sharp $1.35 to $2.45 losses at midday. Feeder cattle futures are also sharply lower on Wednesday, down $2.85 to $3.25. The CME feeder cattle index was down 13 cents to $145.84 on April 22. Wholesale boxed beef prices w... (full story)

While commodity prices stay in the dumps, input costs haven’t taken the same nosedive. (full story)

Direct cash cattle trade activity is improving.  There are a few starter bids on the table at $123 to $125 live and $205 dressed.  That’s still quite a ways from current asking prices of $130 live and $212 dressed.  The distance between the two could... (full story)

Northwest Ohio farmer Lou Kozma says an expanded guest worker program could help U.S. farmers meet labor shortages. “I would like a fair and equitable guest worker program,” he says. “There’s still no conduit to bring people in on a guest worker... (full story)

Jeff Frank of Auburn, Iowa says he’s finished planting corn and is getting ready to plant soybeans. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association) Spring fieldwork has been a challenge for many Midwestern farmers. But Jeff Frank, who... (full story)

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Actionable levels and ideas intraday in ES, Crude, Gold, Currencies, Treasuries and more. (full story)

Corn: Corn futures are trading slightly lower after heavy pressure earlier in the session. May corn is down 1-1/4 cents to 3.50, Jul corn is down 1-1/4 cents to 3.59, and new crop Dec corn is down 2 cents to 3.77-3/4. Prices sold off hard early in th... (full story)

President Trump’s National Economic Council Director says progress is being made in U.S.-China trade talks on issues like agriculture, non-tariff barriers, forced technology transfer, and enforcement. Larry Kudlow says, “We’re not there... (full story)

Americans for Free Trade, a coalition of businesses and trade organizations, says tariffs must be removed in any final U.S.-China trade agreement. Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy with the National Retail... (full story)

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DJ Canadian 2019/20 Principal Field Crop Area – StatsCan WINNIPEG–Following is Statistics Canada’s 2019/20 estimates of principal field crop area report. The figures [...] (full story)

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An extension corn agronomist suggests optimum yields can still be achieved in May. Jeff Coulter with the University of Minnesota says his research shows there’s no big advantage to planting corn in early to mid-April in the Upper Midwest. ... (full story)

COTTON General Comments: Cotton was lower before the May deliveries that start today and on ideas of improving weather. The lack of positive demand [...] (full story)

A coalition of nearly 90 ag groups is urging the U.S Trade Representative to finalize a trade deal with Japan. The groups say regional and bilateral agreements between Japan and other countries are putting U.S. exporters of wheat, beef, pork,... (full story)

A report by the American Bankers Association shows U.S. ag banks increased agricultural lending by more than five percent in 2018. ABA’s research team examined the performance of the 1,700 banks that specialize in ag lending, which they define as... (full story)

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Hello traders, USDCAD is looking for a five-wave rise within wave C of B) towards 78,6% Fibo. retracement and 1.3550 area. (full story)

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Bulls show some strength at mid-week and workingto negate price downtrend. (full story)

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China’s Agriculture Ministry says more than 80% of hog farms in China have decided not to replenish herds lost to African Swine Fever, leaving a gap in production. Reports say China’s hog production has dropped 21% since the first ASF outbreak.... (full story)

International gold priced dropped below 1280 on April 16, and it appears to be staying there. But, for how long? Continue reading for more details. (full story)

It seems that whenever you are reaching close to a culmination of a move, people seem to come up with more and more news, often time stretching reality a bit in the process, to justify price action. When you are close to a peak during a drought year... (full story)

Actionable analysis and ideas for ES, Crude, Gold and more goes out to brokerage clients each and every morning. (full story)

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Gold is setting up and this article outlines how the write previously indicated it. (full story)

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Hopefully, planting proceeds quickly as weather forecasts suggest drying weather this week. Using up-to-date prices, we take one more look at 2019 corn and soybean budgets before planting commences. Not […] (full story)

U.S. stock index futures are mixed today after the S&P 500 and NASDAQ cash indexes closed at record highs yesterday. (full story)

Here is a quick 4-minute video on what cattle and hogs may do in the coming days. (full story)

Weak Australian Q1 CPI sees AUD plunge lower. RBA rate cut speculation increases. Bank of Canada expected to hold rates steady at 10amET. Press conference at 11:15amET. USDCAD breaks higher out of 6-week triangular consolidation. Crude oil prices backing off a tad after bearish API... (full story)

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