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If %R has anything to say about it. (full story)

Eighty-cent cotton is within sight. Prices (Dec futures) trended down this week but rebounded on Thursday and Friday — closing at 79.43 cents on Friday. Dec broke 79 cents for […] (full story)

A big week ahead with data, earnings and central banks (full story)

Support Holds (full story)

Bug and insect activity remain sporadic – not surprising with see-saw weather this spring. (full story)

How far can cattle futures rally? (full story)

From the high to the low the stock market.... (full story)

Looking at this weeks Commitments of Traders Report, the most notable changes include falling net positions in the Australian dollar and rising net positions in the British pound. Changes in other currencies and commodities were fairly limited. In general, speculators continue to buy the euro and... (full story)

This week across the Valley we are seeing more insect pest activity in both cotton and grain. In all 3 counties, dryland fields are certainly struggling to continue to grow […] (full story)

Our conditions haven’t been great, but they could have been worse. NASS says we had 27% of the rice planted on Monday (4/16), but my traveling had me thinking around […] (full story)

Soil temperatures matter when it comes time to planting peanuts, says Andrew Sawyer in this installment of his South Georgia Pine podcast. He discusses the kind of pattern you need […] (full story)

Taking a detailed look at the technical lanscape of the June euro dollar Contract (full story)

Chop ECB. Hold Crypto. Buy ASX Sorghum, Sell USA sorghum... a hard trade to work. (full story)

This week’s Agfax Weekend – Syngenta Payout | Farm Bill – Eligibility Expansion? | Dicamba Ban Legal Battle – Surprised? | and more. (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)

The rice industry saw generic strengthening in most of the primary marketing areas. The export sales report was up significantly over last week’s numbers at 87,000 MT in total sales. This indicates […] (full story)

More than half of Mississippi’s expected corn crop has been planted and is emerging, although cool and wet weather have made progress difficult. Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the […] (full story)

Average quotations were 33 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 41, […] (full story)

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its April 2018 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations […] (full story)

Grain Spreads for April 20, 2018 (full story)

Much of Minnesota has been covered in snow past mid-April and it will take some time for field conditions to dry enough for field work and planting to begin. Farmers […] (full story)

Nitrogen is needed by the cotton plant at higher amounts than any other nutrient. We have been on a trend of increasing the rate of nitrogen, which is either causing […] (full story)

The Chart of the Day belongs to WildHorse Resource Development (WRD).  I found the oil and gas stock by using Barchart to sort today's New 52 Week High list first for the highest Weighted Alpha, then I used the ... (full story)

AgriTalk After The Bell Host Chip Flory talks with Mike North of Commodity Risk Management Group. Newsman Davis Michaelsen keeps you up to date on markets!​ (full story)

Drought coverage decreased slightly during the past four weeks, but within the drought areas, there were noteworthy changes in intensity. There was fairly broad expansion of D4 (exceptional drought, the […] (full story)

Summary A powerful spring storm emerged from the West and brought extreme conditions to several regions. For example, historic, late-season snow blanketed portions of the northern Plains, upper Midwest, and […] (full story)

The Bulls pulled it out this week, posting a 138 point gain to finish at 84.73 ahead of potential rains across West Texas. The Dec contract finally broke through and […] (full story)

Most of the rice in southwest Louisiana went into the ground during a two-week interval when we had warmer weather and dry soil. When most of that rice emerged in […] (full story)

The number of 30-, 40-, and 60-ft wide (or larger) field crop planters across the U.S. Midwest is greater today than, say, twenty years ago. Certainly, individual farmers can plant […] (full story)

Storm systems from the Southwestern portions of the country have brought more than rain showers. Many of our pheromone trap cooperators captured black cutworm moths over the last week…though numbers […] (full story)

I went looking for quotes about change this week, observing a number of 2% or larger shifts in commodity prices. One source for such quotes is Brainyquote.com. The first is from Ellen Glasgow. According to Brainyquote.com she said “All change is not... (full story)

Slugs can be a difficult pest to manage when conditions are favorable for them, which has been the case often (particularly in southern Illinois) over the last couple of years. […] (full story)

As producers continue to fight low milk prices, the nationwide dairy landscape continues to change as milk production shifts from smaller to medium sized farms to very large farms. (full story)

Almost no one scouts their corn until it is too late. While insecticide seed treatments work some of the time and for some insects, they can’t eliminate all problems. This […] (full story)

  Cotton trading turned a bit puny all week as the May futures contract moved closer to expiry and the July contract prepared to become the spot month.   Open interest […] (full story)

A recent NCSU graduate student, Arun Babu, has worked to generate new thresholds for stink bugs in corn. His work was supported by the growers of North Carolina through the […] (full story)

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 23.4 cents per pound for the week ending April 14, up 1.9 cents from the previous week. Marketings of […] (full story)

The Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation announced that the competitiveness payment program payment rate in effect from 12:01 a.m., Eastern Time, Friday, April 20, 2018, through midnight, Eastern Time, […] (full story)

Each year our national wheat disease working group (NCERA-184) works collaboratively to update the wheat fungicide efficacy table.  We utilize data from our field trials to generate overall fungicide efficacy […] (full story)

LC COF -9%, Is that the turn? (full story)

Silver bulls finally have something to cheer about. After months of lagging its richer cousin, silver is making a move on gold. This is good news for both metals should it continue. Silver nearly always leads in bull markets and lags in bear markets. Its months-long slide against gold has led... (full story)

The Texas High Plains is under extreme drought and if current conditions continue, producers need to make important decisions for summer crops, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […] (full story)

Are We Too Bullish Corn? (full story)

It would appear that the longs in the grain and soy markets have finally become impatient or bored or maybe some combination of both and have decided to head for the theater exits. By no means it this a stampede but unless someone begins to run a new feature presentation that can grab their... (full story)


Registration remains open for the 38th session of the Texas International Cotton School, scheduled for August 6-16, 2018, in Lubbock.   The Texas International Cotton School (TICS) is uniquely structured to provide […] (full story)

Check out the futures trading levels and economic reports for Friday, April 20th. (full story)

Southwest Louisiana and Texas It has been cool and wet in Louisiana for the past two weeks and the adverse weather conditions have our rice crop looking pretty rough overall. […] (full story)

Texas Derrol Grymes   The Texas Gulf Coast rice crop is finally starting to shape up. With warmer weather and a little bit of sunshine these past few days, the […] (full story)

Our Discretionary Commitment of Traders strategy has just issued a sell signal in the June S&P 500 futures based on the record amounts of commercial selling weve seen during Aprils bounce. (full story)

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