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Chinese officials threw cold water on the optimism about Donald Trumps first phase trade agreement, as they said to be willing to discuss more before signing a deal. (full story)

The S&P500 (ES) is edging higher in today's Asia morning, trying to form its 4th green daily candle in the last 5 days. Significantly, although any reclaiming of the psychologically key 3k level would significantly increase odds for the ES to regain the 2019 high (and form a record... (full story)

DAX shows a bullish sequence from August 15, 2019 low favoring further upside. This article & video looks at the short term Elliott Wave path of the Index. (full story)

The markets seemed disappointed today the Chinese werent in the market buying Ag goods with abandon. I think it may be fruitful to put the outlook into a short term and a long term approach. (full story)

Who likes smashing realistic prop bottles over other people's heads?!  I DO! I DO! Hi All! Thought you might enjoy the pilot episode of, Drawing Inspiration, a family friendly TV show my creative partner and I have been working on for several... (full story)

The RBOB Gasoline (G20-J20) calendar spread has profited in 13 of the last 15 years (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)

Wheat futures ended the day higher, with Kansas City HRW leading the way up 6 1/4 cents. Chicago SRW closed Monday with 3 cent gains in Dec, and Minneapolis HRS 4 cents higher. Export Inspections data will be delayed until Tuesday due to the Columbu... (full story)

Soybeans futures charged out of the weekend to finish Monday 4 to 4 1/2 cents higher, riding the winter weather rally. Parts of the Dakotas saw up to 2 feet of snow in last week’s storm. Soybean meal lost $0.90/ton, while soy oil closed Monday up 7... (full story)

Cotton futures saw triple digit losses at Monday’s closing, with DEC down 169 points and Mar closing 131 points lower. Optimism from last week’s trade sessions with China gave cotton a boost in the overnight, but now the market is shifting into ... (full story)

Live cattle futures gained triple digits, ending Monday $1.175 to $1.30 higher. Feeder cattle futures were also higher at Monday’s close, ending the day up $1.45 to $1.825 in nearbys. The CME Feeder Cattle index was 63 cents higher on 10/11 to $144... (full story)

Corn futures closed Monday with minor to fractional losses in nearby contracts. The usual Monday reports are going to be released tomorrow, as the USDA was closed Monday for Columbus Day. Trade estimates for corn harvest are around 22-23% complete as... (full story)

Lean Hog futures were mixed in the nearby contracts; DEC lost 47 1/2 cents while FEB contracts saw $0.20 gains. October futures expired today. The Chinese ag ministry mentioned the national hog herd was down 41% yr/yr in September, with the sow herd ... (full story)

Corn futures closed Monday with minor to fractional losses in nearby contracts. The usual Monday reports are going to be released tomorrow, as the USDA was closed Monday for Columbus Day. Trade estimates for corn harvest are around 22-23% complete as... (full story)

The Barchart Chart of the Day goes to HCP (HCP) the REIT formally known as Health Care Property Investors. I found the stock by sorting Barchart's Top Stock to Own list first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then used ... (full story)

A University of Illinois economist says the weekend Midwest freeze and the blizzard in the Dakotas might bring more recovery to the corn market. Scott Irwin tells Brownfield, “From a market standpoint, I like holding pat for now because,... (full story)

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Peanut root-knot nematodes are one of the most prevalent and damaging pests in peanut production in the Southeast.  Crop rotation, use of resistant cultivars, and nematicide application are the primary […] (full story)

WinField United Agronomist Joe Rickard says growers should prioritize corn fields for harvest because of the extended growing season. “With some of the weather we’ve had here throughout the year maybe we have some relative maturity hybrids, we... (full story)

William Mauldin, Chao Deng and Vivian Salama reported in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal that, “The U.S. and China took an initial step to cement a trade agreement that had been derailed, with Washington saying on Friday it […] (full story)

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day higher on expectations that the higher cash trade will carry over into this week.  Feeder cattle futures were higher on the same factors with additional support from the day’s weaker move... (full story)

Reuters reports The World Trade Organization is authorizing the United States to impose tariffs on up to $7.5 billion of imports of E.U. goods. The tariff threat has people in the U.S. buying up Italian Parmesan Cheese. That’s one of the items... (full story)

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Hogs pullback into trading range and cattle makes new highs (full story)

It's the news many in farm country have been waiting to hear. There’s now a trade agreement with China. Markets retreating Monday after they soared on Friday on news a partial agreement had been reached. AgDay has more details on the link. (full story)

The CEO of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association is encouraged but guarded about the preliminary trade agreement reached between the U.S. and China. David Preisler points out this is not the first time it appeared an end to the trade war was... (full story)

CORN HIGHLIGHTS: Corn futures finished quietly after trading on both sides of steady. Nearby Dec closed unchanged at 3.97-3/4 after posting a high of 4.02-1/2, and Dec 2020 closed 1/2 lower at 4.09-1/2. A slight gain in the U.S. dollar along with a ... (full story)

Trade disruptions and wet planting weather likely lead to lower farm incomes in 2019, with prospects of continued lower incomes into 2020. In this environment we provide information useful in […] (full story)

A northwest Minnesota farmer hopes the end of the year turns out to be as good as the beginning. Shayne Isane of Badger tells Brownfield a challenging growing season started on a very positive note. “The crops came out of the ground really... (full story)

SF_GR110 Sioux Falls, SD Mon Oct 14, 2019 USDA-SD Dept of Ag Market News Eastern South Dakota Grain Markets - Closing Elevator Bids (Including some terminal sites) Northeast and Southeast Regions Combined Average Commodity ... (full story)

Strong price rallies in both corn and soybeans closed out the week after a mixed reaction on Thursday.  Corn prices initially fell due to higher than expected production levels.  Severe […] (full story)

A southeast Minnesota farmer says he’d rather be harvesting corn with moisture in the high 20’s than still combining near Christmas. Ryan Buck of Goodhue tells Brownfield rain has plagued the 2019 growing season. “We are into some corn... (full story)

Brownfield’s Mark Dorenkamp will cover the Upper Midwest Farmland Summit (presented by Farmland Access Hub) in Red Wing, Minnesota on October 21, 2019. Continue reading Upper Midwest Farmland Summit (presented by Farmland Access Hub) at... (full story)

A North Dakota farmer impacted by the weekend blizzard says the big issue moving forward will be mud. Scott German of Dickey County in the southeastern part of the state tells Brownfield his area got around a foot of snow. “I think we all... (full story)

Cattle, more room to run? (full story)

Washington Watchers are looking at the markets closely as the start of a new week begins. That’s because President Trump announced Friday the U.S. and China are at the beginning stages of a trade agreement. It’s an agreement President Trumps says... (full story)

Milk futures and cash dairy prices were mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Monday.   October Class III milk was down $.05 at $18.59.  November was down $.09 at $18.62. December was up $.07 at $17.95.  January was up $.05... (full story)

  Live Cattle (December) December live cattle continued to surge higher today, marking their highest price since August 1st. The seemingly non-stop, month and a half long rally has admittedly exceeded our expectations. The RSI (relative... (full story)

Dec. corn closed at $3.97 and 3/4, unchanged Nov. soybeans closed at $9.40 and 1/2, up 4 and 1/2 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $306.00, down 90 cents Oct. soybean oil closed at 29.90, up 7 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.11, up 3 cents Oct. live... (full story)

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The weekend weather brought frost to much of Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. William Wynn is an agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in Wisconsin, and says, “I think it’s safe to say that the 2019 growing season is pretty much over.” Wynn... (full story)

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You can turn those uncarved pumpkins used for decorating into delicious food items or snacks. You can cook the pumpkin (bake, boil or microwave it) to use the pulp which is loaded with healthy fiber. And dry out the seeds for a health snack. ... (full story)

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Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying. China says it wants additional talks before signing phase one of the trade pact, no tariffs were removed during this last round of negotiations, and new U.S. tariffs could go into... (full story)

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will provide additional label restrictions for dicamba in 2020—these are restrictions in addition to the federal EPA label. These restrictions will go into effect upon approval from U.S. EPA of this 24(c)... (full story)

U.S. consumers who appreciate the tang of aged Italian Parmesan cheese as an aperitif or atop their favorite pasta dish are stocking up ahead of next week’s tariff hike and as dairy producers in the two countries square off. The Italian... (full story)

Congress has returned from its two-week break with work still to do: the USMCA, and, budget and tax issues that affect agriculture. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said impeachment proceedings won’t impact work being done on the US Mexico Canada... (full story)

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