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Cotton futures were up 104 to 152 points in most contracts on Friday. Friday afternoon’s Commitment of Traders report showed another record reported net short position for spec traders in cotton futures and options on Tuesday at 44,270 contracts. U... (full story)

Corn futures closed the Friday session with most contracts 5 to 6 1/4 cents higher after a week of losses. Since last Friday, Sep has dropped 5.17%. Spillover buying from soybeans and wheat was supportive, along with Fed easing talk. Friday’s Commi... (full story)

Wheat futures ended the Friday session with most contracts 3 to 9 cents higher. Shorts took some of their winnings off the table ahead of the weekend. Over the course of the week CBT lost 3.92%, with KC 5.83% and MPLS 2.3% lower. CFTC data showed spe... (full story)

Soybean futures saw 20 1/4 cent gains in the front months on Friday. That parred back losses from the other 4 trade session this week, as Aug was down just 1.29% this week. August soybean meal was up $4.20/ton, with soy oil up 46 points. A report fro... (full story)

Live cattle futures posted 20 to 77.5 cent gains in most contracts on Friday. Feeder cattle futures were up 30 to 55 cents. NASS reported all cattle and calves at 103 million head, unch from last year. Beef cows were also steady at 32.4 mil head, wit... (full story)

Lean Hog futures settled with 42.5 cent to $2.025 gains in most contract on Friday, as Aug was up 4% this week. The CME Lean Hog Index was up 17 cents from the previous day on July 16 @ $70.79. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was up another $1.93 ... (full story)

Corn futures closed the Friday session with most contracts 5 to 6 1/4 cents higher after a week of losses. Since last Friday, Sep has dropped 5.17%. Spillover buying from soybeans and wheat was supportive, along with Fed easing talk. Friday’s Commi... (full story)

High humidity and warm temperatures are the best recipe for sheath blight (Figure 1) disease to progress fast (Figure 2) in rice. The disease progresses fast both vertically and horizontally. […] (full story)

Average spot quotations averaged 187 points lower than the previous week, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. Quotations for the base quality of cotton (color […] (full story)

We have observed aphids crashing in most fields due to the naturally occurring fungus. Help came late from Mother Nature, but we will take it. Spider mites have increased quite […] (full story)

Milo J. Shult, the longest-serving head of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is being remembered for his dedication to improving the lives of Arkansans through research, extension […] (full story)

A transition from El Niño to ENSO-neutral is expected in the next month or two, with ENSO-neutral most likely to continue through Northern Hemisphere fall and winter. As of July […] (full story)

Summary Hurricane Barry made landfall in southern Louisiana on July 13, delivering locally heavy showers and a modest storm surge but largely sparing crops and communities in the path of […] (full story)

Ocean Freight Rates Ticked Up in Past Two Weeks Ocean freight rates for shipping bulk commodities, including grain, increased for two consecutive weeks. As of July 11, the rate for […] (full story)

As I drive across the state I see areas that have obviously received decent rainfall over the past month. On the other hand, there has been no measurable rain at […] (full story)

In Part One of this special episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, Extension educator Greg Klinger facilitates a discussion about the Root River Field-to-Stream Partnership in southeast Minnesota. He’s joined […] (full story)

Dr. John Cason has been named Texas A&M AgriLife Research assistant professor for peanut breeding and genetics in Stephenville, where he will supervise the AgriLife Research and Extension Center’s peanut […] (full story)

Hogs rally, Neutral COF report (full story)

Soybean aphids can now be found in some soybean fields, particularly in fields where soybeans were planted early. Generally, both the percent of plants infested and the average number of […] (full story)

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed the week in mixed trade, narrowly approaching the $18 level, while cash trade was limited. July Class III milk futures down a penny at $17.41.  August down three cents at $17.66. ... (full story)

Japan is stepping up its detection systems as African Swine Fever continues to spread throughout Asia.  Japan’s Animal Quarantine Service has introduced a significant number of detector dogs to major and local airports to protect the... (full story)

A new article recently released through the Crop Protection Network (CPN) discusses how to make fungicide decisions in corn and soybean, given the delayed planting scenarios across the Midwest. The […] (full story)

The Michigan Agriculture and Rural Development Commission has approved six additional investment projects this year through the Food and Ag Investment Fund. The latest round of grants will increase the use of Michigan milk and cream, support... (full story)

General Situation Another week of temperatures in the 100s and nights right at 80F in the LRGV. However, it seems there might be some potential showers forecasted for next week […] (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures closed higher on firm boxed beef values during the session and the steady cash trade.  Feeder cattle futures were higher on the same factors, shrugging off the day’s higher move in corn.  The... (full story)

The U.S. Foreign Ag Service says Mexico removing tariffs on U.S. cheese will greatly improve exports which are expected to increase by eight percent from 2018. Meanwhile, trade challenges for skimmed milk powder and export competition have the... (full story)

As the Kansas wheat harvest winds down, farmers likely are turning their attention to another bit of business in those same fields. “With all the moisture we’ve gotten in the […] (full story)

The USDA says placements of cattle onto feed during June were down 2% on the year at 1.756 million head, but that was still more than what some analysts were expecting. DTN says estimates ranged from 93.2% to 105.7%, with an average of 97.7% of a... (full story)

Our weekly column looks at the rally in gold, silver and hogs, while oil declines. (full story)

A University of Missouri forage specialist is warning farmers to hold off on nitrogen applications until August. Craig Roberts said some farmers have been applying it too early this year, losing the benefit of the fertilizer. “If we... (full story)

Will we see repeat of last week? (full story)

The USDA’s cattle inventory numbers point to a modest industry contraction later this year. The USDA estimates this year’s calf crop at 36.3 million head, down slightly from 2018, with all cows and heifers that have calved also... (full story)

Sep. corn closed at $4.30 and 3/4, up 6 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $9.01 and 1/2, up 20 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $311.20, up $4.20 Aug. soybean oil closed at 28.10, up 46 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.02 and 1/2, up 9... (full story)

The American Dairy Association of Indiana has hosted an ice cream social for the past three decades with all proceeds benefiting a nonprofit organization. This year the event benefited Second Helpings, an organization that reduces food waste by... (full story)

Soybeans were higher on short covering and technical buying in low trade volume. Contracts bought back some the recent losses, but still lost ground on the week, while waiting for something new on China and watching the weather. Most forecasts have... (full story)

GENERAL Corn is drying down and getting close to harvest with a few fields that could be ready to go by the end of next week. Sorghum that was planted […] (full story)

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I began finding blooms and small bolls on Monday, July 15, mostly in Cochran County. Plant mapping data indicates that area cotton is going into bloom with 8.5 nodes above […] (full story)

The United Soybean Board (USB), which administers the soy checkoff, approved promotion, marketing and research programs for fiscal year 2020 at its summer meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota. Iowa farmer Tom Oswald chairs USB’s Supply... (full story)

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University of Illinois weed scientists are one step closer to gaining genetic control over waterhemp and palmer amaranth. Graduate student Jake Montgomery assisted with research that suggests male genes are dominant in the two species. He says... (full story)

YAKIMA Shipping Point Prices as of 19-JUL-2019 Provided by: Specialty Crops Market News Federal - State Market News Service, USDA. Phone: (602) 514-7210 Fax: (602) 514-7205 Any questions or comments can be sent via email to:... (full story)

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SEATTLE Shipping Point Prices as of 19-JUL-2019 Provided by: Specialty Crops Market News Federal - State Market News Service,... (full story)

The author of four books on consumer trends thinks interest in dairy products is high.  But Jeff Fromm says people want brands to capture them. “And what was the sleepiest yogurt company in the world, in the sleepiest category, yogurt,... (full story)

Senate Ag leaders questioned USDA’s motives to move the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of Washington D.C. during a committee hearing Thursday. Chair Pat Roberts of Kansas supports the move to his part... (full story)

Livestock producers are doing what they can to protect their animals from this week’s heat. South Dakota dairy farmer Allen Merrill says he doesn’t have the latest technology, but believes keeping a roof over his cattle helps. “It helps to... (full story)