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Agriculture played only a minor role in President Trump’s State of the Union speech last night. He cited the ongoing negotiations with China as an example of his aggressive trade policies but did not mention its recent soybean purchases. He also asked Congress to approve the USMCA trade agreement, which is intended to replace NAFTA. As every president does, he called for bipartisan cooperation and pointed to the recently-passed farm bill as an example of what can be done when the two parties work together. As for the grain and soy futures markets, they remained in a semi-paralyzed state awaiting Friday’s deluge of reports from USDA. As has been the case this week, overnight trading featured low volume and minimal price changes...

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SPREADS October crush trades at 1.09c/bu while oilshare is slightly weaker at 2.78 percent.  Dec/March corn trades from 12 1/4c to 12 1/2c, while Dec 19/20 corn narrows into 27 1/4c from 30 1/2c, and values that were at 34c a week ago.  Nov/Jan beans trades from 13 3/4c out to 14c car...

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The comment period for the implementing rule on one of the biggest, most controversial and complex ag provisions of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) closed today. That is the new Section 199A, which impacts cooperatives and their patrons. This provision allows for a 20 percent deduction fr...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

AM Outlook - Really Pro the Farmer

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feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Technical Views - Read Carefully

SPREADS October crush trades at 1.09c/bu while oilshare is slightly weaker at 2.78 percent.  Dec/March corn trades from 12 1/4c to 12 1/2c, while Dec 19/20 corn narrows into 27 1/4c from 30 1/2c, and values that were at 34c a week ago.  Nov/Jan beans trades from 13 3/4c out to 14c car...

Confusion over Grain Glitch Tax Provision Continues

The comment period for the implementing rule on one of the biggest, most controversial and complex ag provisions of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) closed today. That is the new Section 199A, which impacts cooperatives and their patrons. This provision allows for a 20 percent deduction fr...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

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Weekend rains across Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana that are expected to boost corn and soybean yields pressured the CBOT today. Precipitation of 0.5-2” fell over parts of the Corn Belt that have badly needed it. The rains come just in time for the Pro Farmer Crop Tour, which is making its w...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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