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Friday, December 7,2012

CME reporting error on wheat

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Thursday, Nov. 29, CME closed trading on wheat and its other commodities as usual. Its initial Deliverable Commodities Under Registration Report erroneously reported the number of wheat contracts available for delivery as substantially lower than accurate.

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Saturday, December 1,2012

Futures down, product up

by WLJ
Some cash trade developed on Monday to the tune of a couple thousand head of cattle selling live in Texas at $128. This would be steady with the week prior. These cattle reportedly went to JBS and were thought to be effectively cleanup trade from the week before where they found themselves short bought.

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Friday, November 23,2012

Placements down, called friendly to prices

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed (COF) report was released Friday, Nov. 16 covering cattle on feed in feedlots with at least a 1,000-head capacity as of Nov. 1 as well as cattle placed on feed and marketed during the month of October.

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Friday, November 23,2012

Short week; COF favors futures

by WLJ
Despite the reportedly shortbought nature of many packers the week before, and the full production week expected this week, packers were not particularly quick to buy cattle during last week’s short window of purchasing opportunity. By Wednesday morning, no sales had been reported and very few bids had been placed.

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Friday, November 16,2012

Corn, soybean production up, beef down

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In what has been called neutral to slightly bearish, the most recent USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released Friday, Nov. 9. Beef production, imports and exports were lowered compared to the previous report, and corn and soybean yield and production estimates rose for the first time in a long while.

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Friday, November 16,2012

Cow beef, boneless prices supported

by WLJ
The cash fed cattle trade was particularly sluggish last week with only two loads of cattle selling to regional packers through the first half of the week. On Tuesday, one load sold in Iowa at $192 dressed, which would be below the prior week, and another sold Wednesday in Nebraska at $196 dressed, which would be steady with the prior week.

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Friday, November 16,2012

September beef exports lower

by WLJ
U.S. beef exports in September were well below a year ago. Despite sluggish volumes, however, the value of beef exports through the third quarter of 2012 remains ahead of last year’s recordsetting pace, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.

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Friday, November 9,2012

The fiscal cliff looms for ag

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Generally speaking, the fiscal cliff—also called “Taxageddon” in some circles—is the perfect storm when (or if) the Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of 2012 and automatic government spending cuts to over 1,000 programs take effect at the beginning of 2013.

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Friday, November 9,2012

Packers cut kills to stall losses

by WLJ
Cash trade for fed cattle was slow to develop last week. By Thursday afternoon, only a few strings big enough to set a trend sold at $125 live in Nebraska. Other than that, activity was limited to offers of $128 live and $198- 200 dressed.

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Friday, November 9,2012

The retail cost of menu items for a...

by WLJ
The retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings increased less than 1 percent this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

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