News to Use

Each issue provides a useful summary of the month’s major developments. It’s divided into categories like crops, livestock or farm income, making it easy to scan and find exactly the information you need.

  • Includes “The View from Here,” a valuable column sharing Doane’s perspective that may reshape conclusions traders have drawn.
  • Cash price charts for key commodities
  • Forecasts for current year and the year ahead

News 2 Use May 2020

Date : 19th May 2020

In this issue, on May 12, USDA released its latest Supply/Demand reports. As is typical, the agency included the new-crop forecasts for wheat, soybeans, corn and cotton. The livestock sector is still reeling from issues with the food supply chain, restaurant closures from shelter-in-place restrictions and meat processing plants that have been "hot spots" of COVID-19 and then forced to remain open by President Trump's executive order signed on April 28. The View From Here column is "COVID-19 Now a Significant Factor in USDA’s Supply/Demand Analysis." 


News 2 Use April 2020

Date : 16th Apr 2020

In this issue, as restuarants have shut down and the travel industry has come to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for livestock products is low. Grocery stores do have demand and empty shelves, but it's for different cuts of meat and livestock products than restaurants previously demanded. Farmers and ag industry professionals are waiting for details from USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue on direct farmer payments due to loss of demand and falling cash prices because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Demand for corn for ethanol is lowered in the April WASDE, and cotton demand is at an all-time low as the textile industry suffers a global economic slowdown unlike anything seen before and much more 


News2Use March 2020

Date : 17th Mar 2020

In this issue, global recessionary fears have spilled over to negatively impact commodity markets. This fearful selling is providing end-users with an opportunity to capture input prices far below budgeted levels in many cases. In USDA’s livestocks analysis, it increased its forecasts for production of each of beef, pork and poultry. Over 24 food and grocery executives held a phone call with President Trump Sunday to discuss various food supply chain factors during the COVID-19 outbreak. The companies “are working hand-in-hand with the federal government, as well as state and local leaders, to ensure food and essentials are constantly available,” Spokesman Judd Deere said.  


News2Use February 2020

Date : 18th Feb 2020

In this issue, the coronavirus threat is affecting markets and creating worries over China's fulfillment of the Phase 1 trade deal. The Cattle on Feed Report estimated the largest inventory of cattle January 1 on lots since 2007. USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) anticipates that net farm income will likely increase $3.1 billion (3.3%) to $96.7 billion in 2020 and much more.


News 2 Use January 2020

Date : 15th Jan 2020

In this issue, China and the U.S. sign the phase one deal today. The View From Here is "The Commodity Markets May Be Coming Back." USMCA should be passed by the Senate today or tomorrow. USDA is thinking about holding the last MFP 2 payment to see how the markets react to the signing of the phase one deal with China.


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