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brief overview of rectangle pattern in Xcel Energy stock (full story)


Nikkei's rally from Aug 6 low looks corrective and this video explains why the rally is expected to fail. (full story)


The Wheat (U19-N20) calendar spread has profited 13 of the last 15 years (full story)


The GBPAUD is firming in today's Asia morning after a bit of profittaking yesterday, and remains on track to retest the psychologically key 1.8 whole figure level. Significantly, the GBPAUD is back above prior downtrend/descending wedge resistance (on the daily chart), with traders... (full story)


Scouts along the Western Leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour made their way from Nebraska City, Nebraska to Spencer, Iowa Wednesday night. The scouts will find out Thursday night how Iowa faired as a whole state with potential corn and soybean... (full story)


Technical Traders shares his thoughts on why this week is important for the US markets, gold, and oil. (full story)


David Bennett, Contributing Editor Owen Taylor, Editor Here is this week’s issue of AgFax Midsouth Cotton, sponsored by the Midsouth Cotton Team of AMVAC Chemical Corporation. Subscribe OVERVIEW More bolls […] (full story)


As Pro Farmer Crop Scouts made their way through Illinois it was a sorry sight. The state that normally boasts bin-busting crops is falling short—and by a substantial margin. Compared to last year’s Pro Farmer estimates, Illinois corn fell 21.46... (full story)


The week is about to get busy. The Fed released the Minutes from their July rate cut. Flash PMIs are on deck. Fed Chair Powell brings the finale. What does it all mean and what are the levels to trade for the Dollar, Euro, Yen, Aussie and Canadian? (full story)


Pam Caraway, Contributing Editor Owen Taylor, Editor Here is this week’s issue of AgFax Southeast Cotton, sponsored by the Southern Cotton Team of AMVAC Chemical Corporation. Subscribe OVERVIEW Plant pathologists […] (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)


As Sumner, Iowa, farmer Marty Tegtmeier made his way from Nebraska City east toward Des Moines, he was pleasantly surprised by what he saw. “There was less flooding than I thought there would be,” Tegtmeier says. “There were [corn fields] with... (full story)


Livestock Roundup Live Cattle (October) October live cattle futures rallied for their second consecutive session for the first time in two weeks. The price action yesterday was encouraging, but today's was less so. We moved out above... (full story)


Whats next for cattle and hogs? (full story)


Corn futures were up 1 1/2 to 3 cents on Wednesday. USDA reported a private export sale of 328,000 MT of corn for 19/20 delivery to Mexico through their daily reporting system this morning. Traders are expecting a wide range of old crop export sales ... (full story)


Soybeans futures settled the Wednesday session 4 3/4 to 5 cents higher in the nearby contracts. Meal futures were up $.70/ton and soy oil 31 points higher. The 8-14 day outlook shows chances for below normal temperatures as we head into September. Ah... (full story)


Lean Hog futures were 97.5 cents to $1.675 lower in the nearby contracts on Wednesday. The CME Lean Hog Index was down 56 cents at $77.99 on August 19. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was up 72 cents on Wednesday morning at $84.63. The national av... (full story)


Corn futures were up 1 1/2 to 3 cents on Wednesday. USDA reported a private export sale of 328,000 MT of corn for 19/20 delivery to Mexico through their daily reporting system this morning. Traders are expecting a wide range of old crop export sales ... (full story)


Wheat futures finished mixed on Wednesday. CBOT closed higher by 2 1/2 cents, KCBT was down 1/2 cent, and MGEX ended 1 3/4 cents lower. Thursday’s weekly Export Sales report is expected to show 300,000-500,000 MT of wheat booked in the week that en... (full story)


Live cattle futures ended 22.5 to 87.5 cents higher on Wednesday. Feeder cattle futures settled Wednesday showing 90 cents to $1.575 gains. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was 8 cents lower on August 20 at $137.18. Wholesale boxed beef prices were higher... (full story)


Cotton futures were up 34 to 77 points in most contracts at midday. The 7-day QPF shows little precip for most of TX, with some rains expected for the Southeastern US. USDA will release their weekly Export Sales report on Thursday, showing data from ... (full story)


Panhandle and South Plains cotton is catching up due to high temperatures. But dry conditions are decreasing yield potential. (full story)


Leaders of the National Biodiesel Board and American Soybean Association have requested a meeting with President Trump to discuss small refinery exemptions and the Renewable Fuel Standard. The letter requesting the meeting is from NBB CEO Donnell... (full story)


As Pro Farmer Crop Tour scouts make their way through Iowa and Illinois they’re seeing maturity and yields all over the board. What these means for yields at the end of the season, only time will tell as the crop races toward the finish line. ... (full story)


I believe the most important distinction we need to make for cotton currently is in determining when the crop has cut out. Sometimes we talk about cutout being after cotton […] (full story)


The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) made revisions to the basic farm payment programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).  With this article, […] (full story)


Scouts on the eastern leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour made their way through Illinois today. Brian Grete, leader of the eastern leg and Pro Farmer editor, says the crops he sampled were “definitely subpar.” “Normally you roll through there... (full story)


The U.S. average diesel fuel price fell nearly 2 cents to $2.99 per gallon on August 19, 21 cents lower than a year ago. The Midwest price fell over 2 […] (full story)


Site-specific yield estimation is important for efficient management of agricultural inputs and explaining spatial yield variability. Current approaches for site-specific yield estimation include the use of historical yield maps (Fig. […] (full story)


Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne is one of several members of Congress calling for a federal investigation into the EPA’s RFS waiver process. Axne held a press conference in Council Bluffs Wednesday saying she is requesting the EPA’s Inspector... (full story)


According to the latest NASS report, the 2019 corn crop is about 2-weeks behind normal in terms of reaching dent stage. What are the implications of this delay in grain […] (full story)


At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures ended the day higher on strong wholesale values and expectations of improved cash business after the markets tumbled last week.  Feeder cattle futures closed higher on the same... (full story)


The fields at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center have seen all sorts of crop trials over the years — but never any involving sugarcane. That’s because […] (full story)


Missouri Governor Mike Parson says moving part of the USDA into Kansas City will be good for farmers and ranchers and good for the state, “For the first time in our state’s history – for the FIRST time, two divisions of the USDA are moving out of... (full story)


As farmers enter harvest season, let’s remember that the work isn’t done just because the crop is out of the field. Planning efforts for next year are already underway and […] (full story)


Long Term Thoughts to Consider (full story)


A new study of swine farm employees from companies representing 5% of the U.S. sow production base found more than age, experience or even pay, job satisfaction influences worker performance. The study, led by Summit Precision Production (SPP),... (full story)


In this installment of the Gopher Coffee Shop podcast, Extension educators Ryan Miller and Brad Carlson sit down with Jill Sackett Eberhart, Board Conservationist with the Board of Water and […] (full story)


Are Corn Prices Low Enough Yet??? (full story)


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The Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation today announced the following prevailing world market prices of milled and rough rice, adjusted for U.S. milling yields and location, and the resulting […] (full story)


Reuters writers Jarrett Renshaw and Humeyra Pamuk reported this week that, “President Donald Trump’s administration has been scrambling to stem the tide of rising anger in Farm Belt states after […] (full story)


Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were again lower Wednesday as global prices continue to decline, cash markets were mixed with a very active butter trade. August Class III milk futures unchanged at $17.61.  September down 15... (full story)


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Trading Alerts via Text Directly to Your Phone 8/22/2019 (full story)


Dairy economists say the futures market and USDA forecasts are too pessimistic about milk prices. University of Wisconsin’s Mark Stephenson says dairy stocks are drawing down and milk production has been flat which eventually should be lead to... (full story)


Sep. corn closed at $3.62 and 1/2, up 3 cents Sep. soybeans closed at $8.60 and 1/2, up 4 and 3/4 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $294.70, up 70 cents Sep. soybean oil closed at 28.74, up 31 points Sep. wheat closed at $4.62 and 1/2, up 2 and 1/2... (full story)


Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying. Near-term forecasts are mixed, better for some areas than others, and forecasts for September are also mixed. The trade is waiting to see what’s next with China. There hasn’t been... (full story)


The anger over the EPA’s granting of RFS exemptions is not subsiding. In fact, it seems to be building. Jeff Broin, chairman and CEO of ethanol giant POET, blasted the EPA Tuesday as he announced production cutbacks at POET plants. Broin said... (full story)


A University of Tennessee extension agronomist says reported dicamba drift issues in Tennessee have declined this year.  “The biggest reason is we don’t have a lot of beans in harm’s way anymore because they’re all Xtend,” he says.  ... (full story)


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