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Minnesota farmer says hay crop quantity okay, quality mixed

First crop alfalfa is getting put up in west-central Minnesota. Natasha Mortenson of Benson says spring rain helped with tonnage. “We’ve been pretty lucky. The weather was so goofy this spring with the nice weather, then the cold weather, then the rain. And actually... Read More.

Wheat manages mixed finish after recent losses

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, unable to follow through on periodic mixed to higher business. Beans are waiting for Friday’s quarterly grain stocks and planted acreage numbers. There was some talk during the session of new demand from China, but no... Read More.

CME cash dairy markets mixed Wednesday

Cash dairy prices were mixed Wednesday on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  Dry whey was unchanged at $0.4850.  No sales were recorded.  Forty-pound cheese blocks were up $0.0075 at $1.88.   Three sales were recorded, ranging from $1.86 to $1.88.  Cheese barrels were down $0.01 at $1.90. Two sales were recorded... Read More.

Mixed crop conditions in Arkansas

Arkansas had a mix of changes in crop condition ratings in the last week. USDA says Arkansas rice conditions have improved and is now rated 82% good to excellent, a 1% increase from the previous week. The state’s soybean conditions declined 2% in the... Read More.

CME cash dairy prices mixed Monday

Cash dairy prices were mixed Monday on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  Dry whey was up $0.01 at $0.48.  One sale was recorded at that price.  Forty-pound cheese blocks were down $0.0550 at $1.9150.   Four sales were recorded, ranging from $1.9150 to $1.96.  Cheese barrels were... Read More.

Rangeland conditions mixed, UNL climatologist says

A climatologist says rangeland conditions are mixed across the Midwest and Plains. Eric Hunt with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says some areas of western Nebraska remain dry. “I did get some confirmation from a beef extension educator out in this region that’s basically kind... Read More.

Hog futures mixed ahead of quarterly inventory report

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle were mostly higher, and feeders were higher waiting for direct business to develop, bouncing just a little bit off of Tuesday’s sharp moves lower.  April lives closed $.50 higher at $183.60 and June lives closed $.30... Read More.

Cattle futures mixed waiting on direct business

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle were mixed ahead of widespread direct business and Friday’s On Feed numbers from the USDA. April live cattle closed $.52 lower at $188.05 and June lives closed $.40 lower at $185. April... Read More.

Soybeans gain ground with corn, wheat mixed

Soybeans were higher on commercial and technical buying. CONAB lowered its crop guess for Brazil to 146.859 million tons, below the USDA’s last estimate of 155 million and much closer to, but still above, many private estimates. Brazil’s harvest is over the halfway... Read More.

CME milk futures mixed, cash dairy mostly lower Monday

Milk futures were lower in the near months and the cash dairy markets were mostly lower Monday on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  March Class III milk was down $0.10 at $16.47.  April was down $0.16 at $15.92.  May was down $0.14 at $16.34.  June was... Read More.

Hog futures mixed to end the week

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle were lower, waiting for the rest of the week’s direct business to develop. April live cattle were down $1.12 at $187.60, and June live cattle were down $1.17 at $183.42. April feeder cattle were... Read More.

CME milk & cash dairy prices mixed Friday

Milk futures and the cash dairy markets were mixed Friday on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  March Class III milk was down $0.02 at $16.57.  April was up $0.17 at $16.08.  May was up $0.10 at $16.48.  June was up $0.08 at $17.20.   July through January contracts... Read More.