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Futures were firm to start today’s session as light buying surfaced in the grain and soybean complex. Wheat remains the leader of the grain complex but is starting to show signs of being over-extended to the upside. Conversely, corn and soybeans ar... (full story)


For nearly two years, we’ve experienced the highs and lows of the trade war between the U.S. and China. Countless times, they’ve appeared at the brink of resolve only to […] (full story)


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American Soybean Association CEO Ryan Findlay says soybean farmers should be pleased with the phase one trade agreement with China. “I think what we need to thankful for is the language that is in the agreement that will impact agriculture mid- to... (full story)


Commentary. When I learned that the Golden Globes, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, would be serving a vegan meal to the thirteen hundred attendees, I immediately though of a friend’s stories from her years as an... (full story)


The biodiesel industry is pushing for policy certainty with the Renewable Fuel Standard. Chad Stone, with the Renewable Energy Group, is the newly elected chairman of the National Biodiesel Board. He says the National Biodiesel Board will... (full story)


Live cattle futures are lower by 12 to 47 cents so far with the June futures down the most. Feeder cattle futures are lower by as much as $1.25 so far. The 01/20 CME Feeder Cattle index was down 23 cents. The Cold Storage report from NASS will be re... (full story)


Front month hog futures are back up for midday, with Apr. futures posting a midday gain of 70 cents. The 01/20 CME Lean Hog Index was 4 cents higher to $60.18. USDA’s Pork Carcass Cutout gained another $1.39 this morning, up to $79.58 cwt. Hams wer... (full story)


Cotton futures are fading the triple digit selloff from yesterday with midday gains of as much as 176 points. The Seam online cotton trading platform started off the week with light holiday trading as 592 bales were sold at 57.32 cents/lb. Last week ... (full story)


Corn prices are moving fractionally to 1 cent lower by midday, with the March futures gaining 1/4 of a cent. The EIA’s weekly update containing ethanol production data will be delayed by a day due to the MLK federal holiday on Monday. Corn exports ... (full story)


Wheat futures are falling back at midday, with the KC market down the most. KC wheat futures are down by 8 3/4 cents at midday, and Chicago wheat futures are lower by 7 cents. MGE HRS wheat futures are down by 4 3/4 cents so far. Algeria purchased at... (full story)


Soybean futures are fractionally lower after yesterday’s sell off. There was more net new selling, with preliminary open interest rising 11,193 contracts on Tuesday. Meal futures are also lower with losses of $0.60/ton in the March futures. March b... (full story)


Corn prices are moving fractionally to 1 cent lower by midday, with the March futures gaining 1/4 of a cent. The EIA’s weekly update containing ethanol production data will be delayed by a day due to the MLK federal holiday on Monday. Corn exports ... (full story)


Minnesota is once again looking to take the lead on renewable fuels. Harold Wolle, a board director for both the Minnesota Corn Growers and National Corn Growers Associations, says MCGA is launching the Better Fuel Initiative. “The tagline... (full story)


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Is it time to test-drive a niche or specialty crop on your farm? Of course, there’s risk, but the rewards could be high. Don’t be afraid to try something new, but at the same time, don’t let the excitement of a new possibility make you lose sight of... (full story)


Direct cash cattle trade is off to a sluggish start this morning.  There are a few early asking prices are starting out around $126 to $127 live in the South and $202 plus dressed in the North.  Packer inquiry is expected to improve as the week... (full story)


Tyson Foods announced a new multi-stakeholder global sustainability initiative alongside the 50th World Economic Forum held this week in Davos, Switzerland. Seeking to advance the “future of global protein,” Tyson has created the “Coalition for... (full story)


Byline: Lisa Foust Prater Yesterday, Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company, published a letter to partners, customers, and stakeholders outlining plans to make the company more sustainable in the coming... (full story)


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CORN Corn futures are a bit higher this morning, holding nearby support levels from yesterday. Mar corn is up 1-1/4 to 3.88-3/4, May is up a penny to 3.94-1/2, and Jul is up 1/2 cent to 3.99-3/4. Excess rains in Brazil are already beginning to delay... (full story)


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American Farm Bureau delegates continue to support strong trade policy. At the close of the 2020 AFBF convention in Austin, Texas, Vice President Scott Vanderwal said farmers are ready to see progress with the Trump administration’s recent trade... (full story)


Nearly 10 metric tons of pork from China were seized and destroyed by Italy’s tax police, police in the northeastern city of Padoa said on Wednesday. The pork was banned by the Health Ministry after African swine fever (ASF) broke out in China in... (full story)


Illinois state climatologist Trent Ford says farmers should plan for another wet spring, but not a repeat of 2019. “Right now, hydrologically, looking at our soils, our streams, our snowpack, we are not near the conditions that we had in 2019.... (full story)


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Last week was big for platinum group metals (PGMs). Stricter emissions standards in China proved to be the catalyst for a huge move in palladium. Palladium and platinum are critical components of catalytic converters. Catalytic converters are the main emission control devices for virtually all... (full story)


The wheat market continues to be a beacon of light in what remains a cloudy and uncertain forecast for corn and soybeans.  It is almost ironic that soybeans, the market that captured the attention of the world throughout this long journey to reach a... (full story)


(Bloomberg) -- Cargill Inc. welcomes the first phase of a U.S.-China trade agreement but cautions that exports of some agricultural goods have yet to resume and tariffs are still in place. “I’m still concerned about U.S. farmers and the... (full story)


Precious metals and miners are consolidating before their next advance. Gold could reach $1700+ by March, and we see explosive potential in silver. (full story)


National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen says producers could see the impact of the renewal of the biodiesel tax credit soon. “The IRS has released the guidelines for applications just this last week I believe so producers should be working... (full story)


DJ Analysts’ Estimates for January USDA Cattle-On-Feed Report The following estimates, as compiled by The Wall Street Journal for the nation’s feedyards with a [...] (full story)


MORNING SOFTS COMMENTS Jack Scoville Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Price Futures Group, CBOT Chicago, IL (312) 264-4322 jscoville@pricegroup.com JSL, SA de [...] (full story)


REPORTING OFFICE: EL CENTRO JAN 22 2020 TRUCK, AIR, BOAT AND IMPORT SHIPMENTS FOR: TUE JAN 21 2020 * MODE IS TRUCK UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED ... (full story)


REPORTING OFFICE: EL CENTRO JAN 22 2020 TRUCK, AIR, BOAT AND IMPORT SHIPMENTS FOR: TUE JAN 21 2020 *MODE IS TRUCK UNLESS... (full story)


GX_GR110 Springfield, IL Wed, Jan 22, 2020 USDA-IL Dept of Ag Market News Chicago Terminal Grain Report To Arrive Truck and Rail Bids for Grain Delivered to Chicago. The following quotations represent Bids ($/ bu) from Terminal Elevators, Processors, Mills, and Merchandisers after 1:30... (full story)


WH_GR110 St. Joseph, MO Wed Jan 22, 2020 USDA-MO Dept of Ag Market News Omaha-Council Bluffs Grain: Spot Truck Bids for grain delivered to elevators, dollars per bushel, as of 2:30 PM today. Change and basis is cents per bushel. BIDS CHANGE ... (full story)


WH_GR111 St Joseph, MO Wed, Jan 22, 2020 USDA-NE Dept of Ag Market News Nebraska Rural Elevators: Spot Cash Grain Prices: Prices bid or paid per bushel, except grain Sorghum per CWT., at rural Nebraska elevators as of 2:00 P.M. Bids Change ... (full story)


REPORTING OFFICE: PHOENIX JAN 22 2020 TRUCK, AIR, BOAT AND IMPORT SHIPMENTS FOR: TUE JAN 21 2020 * MODE IS TRUCK UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED ... (full story)


REPORTING OFFICE: PHOENIX JAN 22 2020 TRUCK, AIR, BOAT AND IMPORT SHIPMENTS FOR: TUE JAN 21 2020 *MODE IS TRUCK UNLESS... (full story)


REPORTING OFFICE: MCALLEN JAN 22 2020 TRUCK, AIR, BOAT AND IMPORT SHIPMENTS FOR: TUE JAN 21 2020 * MODE IS TRUCK UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED ... (full story)


REPORTING OFFICE: MCALLEN JAN 22 2020 TRUCK, AIR, BOAT AND IMPORT SHIPMENTS FOR: TUE JAN 21 2020 *MODE IS TRUCK UNLESS... (full story)


MS_GR113 Minneapolis, MN Wed Jan 22, 2020 USDA Market News Southern Minnesota Daily Grain Prices Daily grain prices, spot truck prices for supplies delivered to Southern Minnesota elevators, dollars per bushel. Southern Minnesota, unit train loading stations. Cash... (full story)


China reports 440 cases last night with 9 dead. Another small risk-off wave ensues. Relative calm returns after press conference from Chinese health officials. Sterling shoots higher after surprise surge in UK manufacturing confidence (CBI survey). OIS odds of January 30th BOE cut down to 48%.... (full story)


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GX_GR113 Springfield, IL Wed Jan 22, 2020 USDA-IL Dept of Ag Market News This is Wednesday's report of the grain prices and trends prepared by the USDA and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. In Northern and Western Illinois country grain dealers quoted shelled corn bids were 1 to 2... (full story)