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Deere challenges U.S. federal block on Precision Planting bid

Reuters — Deere and Co. said its proposal to buy Precision Planting, an agricultural equipment and technology company, will increase consumer choice and directly benefit growers, in a response filed on Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit to block the acquisition. Deere announced its planned acquisition of Precision Planting in November 2015, for […] Read more

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John Deere to acquire European farm equipment maker Monosem

Reuters – Deere & Co. shares rose about 2 per cent on Monday after the company said it plans to acquire Monosem, a European family-owned farm equipment manufacturer that specializes in “precision planters” designed to increase crop production. Deere would not comment on the transaction’s financial details or Monosem’s revenues, but it does expect the […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle futures end down, hogs up

Chicago | Reuters –– Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle closed lower on Monday pressured by concerns about consumer demand and a seasonal uptick in supply, while last week’s higher cash trade limited losses, analysts and traders said. April closed 0.575 cent per pound lower at 162.45 cents and June closed 1.625 cents/lb. lower at 151.75 […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle end up, hogs mixed

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle closed higher on Thursday as expectations of steady-to-higher cash trade later this week lifted futures, traders said. April closed 1.225 cents per pound higher at 163.025 cents and June closed 1.15 cents/lb. higher at 153.375 cents (all figures US$). “The market is anticipating better cash cattle […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: CME lean hogs edge up, live cattle end lower

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs ended slightly higher on Monday, ending a seven-day losing streak, supported by stronger wholesale pork product prices while cash hog prices weighed, traders said. April closed just 0.1 cent per pound higher at 62.2 cents, while May ended unchanged at 71.425 cents (all figures US$). Monday […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle futures end lower on weaker cash trade; hogs edge up

Chicago / Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle ended lower on Friday, pressured by lower cash cattle prices and weaker overall commodities market, traders said. “The morning beef prices were not good, but commodities in general had a rough day and cattle aren’t immune to those changes,” said Dominic Varricchio, commodities broker at Schwieterman, Inc. CME live cattle futures […] Read more