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Natural Gas Weekly: Consumption sets winter record

Total natural gas consumption in the United States rose to a record average of 90.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) this winter, according to data from Bentek Energy. Cold weather drove total consumption up by 8% over last winter's levels, despite higher prices. FULL STORY »

China rejections of U.S. corn top 1 million tons

China canceled purchases of 221,400 tonnes of U.S. corn last week, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Thursday, bringing the total to more than 1 million tons of corn rejected since November in a dispute involving a biotech variety not approved by the No. 3 buyer of U.S. grain. FULL STORY »

Hogs diverged from gains in the other ag markets Thursday

Today’s export powered Thursday’s belated corn rally. Corn futures proved surprisingly strong Wednesday night, but set back in early morning action. FULL STORY »

World food prices jump again in March

Global food prices rose to their highest in almost a year in March, led by unfavorable weather for crops and political tensions over Ukraine, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Drought-weary California faces brutal wildfire season

Recent downpours fell far short of pulling California out of drought, and as if the drought didn’t offer enough headaches, a meager snowpack and an already busy wildfire season adds to the gloomy outlook. FULL STORY »

U.S. beef export sales break downhill trend, shipments increase

U.S. beef export sales broke a two week decline, up 4 percent from the previous week. The 13,800 metric tons purchase increases the 27-week average to 13,710 MT, but drops the 4-week average by 6 percent from the previous week. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved quite mixed again Thursday morning

Today’s export data seemed to disappoint corn traders. Corn futures proved surprisingly strong Wednesday night, but proved able to sustain minimal gains this morning. FULL STORY »

Exports: Corn net sales take a dip

According to the USDA’s latest “Weekly Export Sales” report, corn net sales of 960,600 metric tons (MT) for 2013-2014 were down 32 percent from last week and 12 percent from the four-week average. FULL STORY »

Rapid rise in ethanol prices reflects logistical problems

Ethanol spot prices have increased steadily since early February. By late March, New York Harbor (NYH) spot ethanol prices exceeded prices for RBOB (the petroleum component of gasoline) by more than $1 per gallon (Figure 1). Ethanol spot prices in Chicago and Gulf Coast markets also rose above NYH RBOB prices. FULL STORY »

5 Area Daily Wtd Avg Direct Slaughter Cattle - Negotiated

LM_CT100 St Joseph, MO Thu Apr 3, 2014 USDA Market News Service 5 AREA DAILY WEIGHTED AVERAGE DIRECT SLAUGHTER CATTLE - NEGOTIATED Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico; Kansas; Nebraska; Colorado; Iowa/Minnesota feedlots (Includes all transactions regardless of delivery day) Recap for: Wednesday, FULL STORY »

Texas to Mexico Daily Livestock Exports

AL_LS600 Las Cruces, NM Thu Apr 3, 2014 USDA Market News Texas to Mexico Daily Livestock Exports FULL STORY »

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