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In this week's episode we go over the recent developments in the US-China trade negotiations and how it is effecting equities, grains, oilseeds, and livestock.  We also talk about sugar at the end and why we like it from the long side in 2020.  Make sure you take a listen to this week's... (full story)


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2019 continues to be a challenging year for farmers across the US as they face low commodity prices, bad weather, and trade disputes. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson says more challenges are ahead for farmers, but better-than-expected corn... (full story)


Trading Around Economic Reports & Levels 11.21.2019 (full story)


Dec. corn closed at $3.66 and 3/4, down 3 and 1/4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $9.05, down 6 and 1/2 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $302.00, up 80 cents Dec. soybean oil closed at 30.96, up 32 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.12, up 4 and 3/4 cents... (full story)


Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, unable to hold on to early modest gains. The big question continues to be when will phase one of the trade deal with China be signed. It has been another week of mixed rhetoric, with President Trump... (full story)


Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were very light. Demand was fairly good for good quality pecans. Pawnee are currently being harvested, as well as Natives. Harvesting […] (full story)


Pecan harvest remains slow, but is expected to increase after a potential mid-week freeze as well as the upcoming holiday season. Deliveries by growers to buying points are light. Demand […] (full story)


Weather for this week has lows in the 40s-50s and daytime highs in the 60s-70s with a chance of rain on Friday, November 22, 2019. Prices paid to growers (late […] (full story)


The weather for this upcoming week shows mild temperatures with evening lows mostly in the low 40s and daytime highs running in the high 60s to low 70s. The north […] (full story)


Nathan Kauffman, economist with the Kansas City Federal Reserve For many farmers, the last five years have been breakeven at best. So what if the ag economy continues to struggle for another five years? Kansas City Federal Reserve economist... (full story)


Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange continued higher at midweek as strong global trade continues to carry markets. November Class III milk up two cents at $20.34.  December up a nickel at $18.44.  January three cents higher... (full story)


As a professed optimist, I’m a little concerned with the lack of market enthusiasm, considering some recent positive news. First, there was the November crop report where world production was […] (full story)


The USDA’s weekly crop progress reports will continue until harvest activity wraps up. Currently scheduled to end November 25th, the National Agricultural Statistics Service this week says the department will be evaluating weekly progress to... (full story)


A dairy economist says while October milk cow numbers did creep up some, he doesn’t expect much of an increase in milk production over the winter. University of Wisconsin’s Mark Stephenson says a recent survey of extension specialists in his... (full story)


Senate Ag Committee Democrats continue to criticize USDA’s Market Facilitation Program. Minnesota Senator Tina Smith tells Brownfield she’s concerned about how much aid is going to states in the south. “For example cotton, which... (full story)


Trade was mixed today, with futures seeing both sides of unchanged. Today’s session was spent with traders shoring up positions and consolidating ahead of month end. Fresh news was on the sparse side today with most interest again on US trade relat... (full story)


The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the cancer drug company Karyopharm Therapeutics (KPTI). I found the stock by sorting Barchart's Top 100 Stocks list first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then used the Flipchar... (full story)


Randy Dickhut with Farmers National Company A farm real estate specialist says there could be a slight increase in the amount of farmland coming onto the market in 2020.  But Randy Dickhut with Farmers National Company says as long as the... (full story)


Even ignoring the impact of the current trade dispute with China, we are now in the 7th year of generally declining crop prices. In addition, significant trade adjustment payments and […] (full story)


A farmer in southeast Minnesota calls 2019 one tough year. Mike Steinfeldt of Winona tells Brownfield the growing season started off cold and wet. “The corn came up slow, we had some emergence issues. And this fall was wet also.” ... (full story)


A crop insurance claims manager says if wet conditions continue, claiming prevent plant should not be an issue again until 2021. George Underwood with Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS) tells Brownfield since 2019 was the first recent year... (full story)


Broiler-Type Eggs Set in the United States Up 3 Percent. Broiler-Type Chicks Placed in the United States Up 4 Percent... (full story)


President Trump is once again threatening higher tariffs on Chinese goods if that country does not make a deal on trade. He made the comments during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. “China is going to have to make a deal that I like, ”... (full story)


CORN Corn futures are trading 1 to 3 cents lower this morning with the Dec contract down 3-1/4 to 3.66-3/4 and Mar down 3 to 3.77-3/4. The corn market continues to grind lower as the market looks for any bullish news to be supportive. Dec corn optio... (full story)


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Several members of the Brownfield Ag News team were honored during the 76th Annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri November 13-15, 2019. Anchor/Reporter Tom Steever was inducted into the... (full story)


U.S. ethanol production moved higher for the eighth week in a row, while stocks sunk to a near three-year low. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says last week’s production averaged 1.033 million barrels a day, up 3,000 from the... (full story)


The state of Michigan is updating the permitting process for large livestock producers for the first time in five years. Michigan State University Extension educator Erica Rogers tells Brownfield one of the biggest changes includes a prohibition... (full story)


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Shannon Yokley was selected as the 2019 Horizon Award winner during the 76th Annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri November 13-15, 2019. The Horizon Award was created in 1995 to recognize... (full story)


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The historically late harvest is causing more problems and not just for farmers but livestock producers. AgDay National Reporter Betsy Jibben has more on the final stop on the I-80 Harvest Tour. (full story)


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Tom Steever was inducted into the 2019 National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Hall of Fame during the 76th Annual NAFB Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri November 13-15, 2019. The NAFB Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to... (full story)


Soybean futures are firm so far, with most nearbys seeing fractional gains at midday. Soybean meal is down 60 cents/ton at midday. Bean oil is up by 38 points so far. Traders are expecting 800,000 -1.4 million MT of soybean export sales in tomorrow... (full story)


Wednesday hog futures are down again, falling another triple digits after a short-lived recovery effort on Tuesday. The cash market is going the other way. The 11/18 CME Lean Hog Index recovered 5 cents to $59.29. Wednesday’s pork carcass cutout v... (full story)


Corn Futures are reverting back to lower prices, despite the EIA ethanol statistics. Futures are 3 1/2 to 4 cents lower at midday. The latest update from the EIA suggested more of the same good news from last week. For the week ending 11/15 the daily... (full story)


Cotton futures recover 32 to 43 points at midday. The dollar index is firmer this morning, with the US stock market a touch weaker. The cotton Ginners Association reported output for The Ivory Coast to be 510,000 MT (~2.343 mil bales), up 8.97% yr/yr... (full story)


Live cattle futures are higher at midday, with gains as much as 47 cents so far. Feeder cattle futures are 30 to 35 cents higher at midday; the Nov futures expire tomorrow. The 11/18 CME Feeder Cattle index was lower by 15 cents to $146.54. Analysts ... (full story)