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U.S. Senate confirms Vilsack as Biden’s ag secretary

Pandemic leaves USDA 'a lot of work to do'

Reuters — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Tom Vilsack to head the Department of Agriculture, returning the former Iowa governor to the job he held under ex-President Barack Obama. The 100-member Senate approved Vilsack 92-7. He needed a simple majority in the Democratic-controlled chamber to be confirmed. As secretary of the sprawling department, Vilsack […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn slump on record USDA acreage projections

Wheat gains on harsh U.S. cold, surging European wheat

Chicago | Reuters — Corn and soybean futures retreated on Thursday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projected that U.S. farmers would devote more acres to the two crops this spring than any year on record. U.S. wheat futures, meanwhile, climbed to the highest level in 2-1/2 weeks on rallying European wheat prices, a […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn, soy, wheat fall sharply on profit taking

'We just ran out of bullish news'

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn, soybean and wheat futures posted sharp losses on Wednesday on a round of long liquidation by investment funds after all three commodities rallied to multi-year highs in 2021, traders said. “We have really run this market up hard,” said Ben Buie, grain team leader at MaxYield Cooperative in West […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: WASDE unexpectedly bearish for corn

MarketsFarm — Corn prices on the Chicago Board of Trade immediately turned sour after Tuesday’s release of the monthly supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By the time trading closed for the day, soybeans had recovered from losses incurred shortly after the report’s release to finish in double-digits on the plus […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn tumbles as USDA projects supplies above market expectations

USDA slashes global wheat supply as feeding to increase

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures dropped on Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projected supplies of the grain above market expectations in a monthly report, taking prices down from 7-1/2 year highs posted earlier in the day. Soybean futures rose to a three-week top on a tighter supply outlook by USDA, […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn resumes climb ahead of monthly USDA report

Frigid weather in U.S. grain belt lifts wheat

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures rallied to a 7-1/2 year peak on Monday on buying ahead of a monthly U.S. government crop report that is expected to show supplies of the grain tightening amid robust demand. Soybean and wheat futures also advanced in anticipation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report scheduled […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans end lower, after rising on demand optimism

U.S. winter wheat threatened by cold weather

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures ended lower on Friday after trading higher earlier on expectations of continued export demand eating into already tight U.S. stocks. Corn futures traded slightly lower as traders assessed mixed crop prospects in South America, while wheat ticked up slightly on fears of winterkill across the U.S. southern Plains […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn ends flat after vaulting to 7-1/2 year high

Corn sales to China spurred climb

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures settled nearly flat on Thursday after a volatile session in which the benchmark contract hit its highest level in 7-1/2 years, buoyed by U.S. corn sales to China, only to retreat on profit-taking, traders said. Soybean and wheat futures closed lower in technical trade, despite concerns about tightening […] Read more