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Crop Prices Treading Water

  • October 31, 2011
  • Darrel Good

Following wide swings in September and early October, the prices of corn, soybeans, and wheat have traded in relatively narrow ranges in the last half of October. Narrow trading ranges…
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Cattle Can Eat Corn Too

  • October 24, 2011
  • Chris Hurt

Listen to MP3 podcast Cattle feeders are going to use more corn than previously expected according to USDA's latest Cattle on Feed report that showed five percent more cattle in…
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Corn Prices, Basis, and Spreads

  • October 20, 2011
  • Scott Irwin and Darrel Good

December 2011 corn futures increased by $2.00 between July 1, 2011 and August 29, 2011. That contract closed at $7.70 on August 29. Basis levels also strengthened during that period.…
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Corn and Soybean Consumption

  • October 17, 2011
  • Darrel Good

With the USDA's October Crop Production report, corn and soybean supply forecasts for the 2011-12 marketing year are likely close to the final estimates. Prices will be primarily influenced by…
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October USDA Reports

  • October 12, 2011
  • Scott Irwin

Today the USDA released the October update of survey-based forecasts of the size of the 2011 U.S. corn and soybean crops. In addition, forecasts of consumption and ending stocks for…
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Trends in Crude Oil and Gasoline Prices

  • October 6, 2011
  • Scott Irwin and Darrel Good

Much has been written in recent years about the linkages between the agricultural and energy markets. Energy prices have always had an impact on agricultural prices indirectly through their effect…
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Pork Outlook Brightens

  • October 3, 2011
  • Chris Hurt

Listen to MP3 podcast Finally, pork producers have some positive news that has increased optimism for greater profitability in the coming year. That good news came from USDA in two…
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