Ag News Weekly

A concise report divided into three primary sections:

  • Developments in the Markets: Key driving forces behind the week’s market action and our take on the week ahead.
  • Developments in the Ag Sector: The most important developments for agribusiness in geopolitics, agricultural trade, global weather and more.
  • Developments in Policy: The latest farm policy, trade agreements, tax code changes and other key government developments impacting agriculture.

Ag News Weekly August 16, 2019

Date : 16th Aug 2019

In this issue, surprisingly large corn acreage and yield forecasts sent grains and soybeans lower. Cattle futures crashed in response to a big packing plant fire. The CPC is forecasting warm fall weather, which may allow crops to mature. Diving financial markets may persuade the U.S. and China to compromise. 

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Ag News Weekly August 9, 2019

Date : 09th Aug 2019

In this issue, renewed weather concerns seemingly caused soybeans to lead grains higher this week. The U.S.-China trade war spooked the financial markets. Spring flooding took a significant toll upon farmer income. China seems prepared to wait out the 2020 U.S. presidential election.  

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Ag News Weekly August 2, 2019

Date : 02nd Aug 2019

In this issue, benign weather exerted fresh downward pressure upon crop prices this week. Hog futures reversed to the downside rather dramatically. President Trump’s announcement of fresh Chinese tariffs rattled the markets. The U.S. cattle population has apparently reached a cyclical peak. 

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Ag News Weekly July 26, 2019

Date : 26th Jul 2019

In this issue, lack of definitive harvest estimates seemed to limit crop price moves this week. Cotton traders seemed to "buy the rumor, sell the fact." The USDA published details of “MFP 2” on Thursday. Top U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators will meet in Shanghai next week.

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Ag News Weekly July 19, 2019

Date : 19th Jul 2019

In this issue, benign Midwest weather seemed to undercut the grain and soy markets this week. The U.S. dollar stabilized despite Fed talk of cutting interest rates. A photographic survey of Corn Belt crops was not promising of big harvests. Clouds are hanging over a resumption of U.S-China trade talks. 

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Ag News Weekly July 12, 2019

Date : 12th Jul 2019

In this issue, Thursday’s surprising corn bounce boosted the grain and soy markets. The livestock markets have seemingly bottomed. El Niño is apparently over. The U.S. and China are jousting before resuming trade talks.

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Ag News Weekly July 3, 2019

Date : 03rd Jul 2019

In this issue, corn led the crop markets lower in the wake of the USDA acreage report. Crude oil suffered a surprising breakdown.
The USDA’s corn and soybean acreage numbers were big surprises. The U.S. and China are once again negotiating a trade deal.

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Ag News Weekly June 28, 2019

Date : 28th Jun 2019

In this issue, the grain and soy markets dipped ahead of Friday’s big USDA reports. The lumber market has rallied dramatically. The U.S. hog population is still setting records. All eyes are on this weekend’s Trump-Xi meeting for restarting trade talks.

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Ag News Weekly June 21, 2019

Date : 21st Jun 2019

In this issue, the grain and soy markets had a mixed week. Nearby cotton fell to three-year lows. The Fed didn’t cut U.S. interest rates, but plans to do so in the coming months. It looks as if U.S.-China trade negotiations are restarting ahead of the G-20 summit.

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Ag News Weekly June 14, 2019

Date : 14th Jun 2019

In this issue, the WASDE Report sparked a fresh grain and soy market advance. The livestock markets are trying to stabilize. China’s swine population continues dropping. The U.S.-Mexico deal on illegal immigration brought fresh controversy.

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