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The Government Re-opens.....for now

Published on Monday, January 28, 2019

The longest running US Federal Government shutdown came to an end today.  Since December 22nd, government services have been largely idled.  Most of the USDA's workforce of roughly 95,000 was furloughed during the 36 days of the shutdown.  Consequently, some 62 reports and key data releases were withheld during that time.  Unfortunately, we may slip back into the very same situ...

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U.S. Turns Down Trade Talks with China

Published on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

"US turns down China offer of preparatory trade talks" was the rumor that shook the commodity markets on Tuesday as reported first by the Financial Times and then CNBC.  Two primary reasons for the rejection of talks were reported.  1)  Lack of progress on enforcement of intellectual property and 2) structural reforms to China's economy.  See below: This report puts trade nego...

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Blind as a Bat

Published on Monday, January 14, 2019

My kids have begun teasing me in the last year that my arms aren't long enough - small print seemed to have gotten smaller in 2018.  There is an old expression that speaks of the condition...blind as a bat.  That also describes the condition of the market without the flow of key report data for the market to evaluate.  Now that we have passed the planned release date of the January ...

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Corn Stuck in a Range

Published on Monday, January 7, 2019

If you've been watching the corn market as of late, well, as the saying goes, "it's like watching paint dry."  The corn market has been anything but exciting in the later half of 2018 and into the start of 2019.  Typically the January WASDE report adds a little excitement to kick off the year, but with the government in shut down mode, they will not be releasing the previously scheduled ...

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South American Weather Update

Published on Monday, December 31, 2018

Soybeans have not only been the headline maker in agricultural media, but they've also been a highlighted discussion point in business and international news outlets as well.  Chinese activity in the US soybean market is the clearest barometer of relations between the two countries and their purchases have been viewed as a meaningful goodwill gesture.  Over the weekend, President Trump t...

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