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USDA data & soybean progress

  • 01

    This week featured one of the biggest USDA reports of the year, the October Crop Production report. The numbers provided some breathing room in the corn and soybean supply chains, sending the trade lower.

    - See all the coverage from Wednesday's reports

  • 03

    Meanwhile, fueled by mostly hot, dry weather in the Midwest, farmers made major strides in corn and soybean harvest last week, moving just ahead of the normal pace for this week in corn while registering a double-digit gain in soybean harvest.

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  • 04

    But, that hot and dry weather has fueled field fires around the Corn Belt. It's prompting many to double-check their fire safety procedures in the field.

    - More: Don't get lax on field fires

  • 05

    There's another thing 'hot' these days: Ag company stocks. Stock-watchers said they expect a few ag companies, like Deere, Monsanto and ADM, would be "actively traded" in the next week.

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  • 08

    This fall's corn harvest hasn't exactly been a bin-buster everywhere, and those lower yields are expected to tighten margins in another sector that's already felt a lot of pains in the last few years, the dairy industry.

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  • 09

    Despite the pains in the dairy sector, things are looking good in the hog industry, and one economist says the trend of improving hog profits is likely to continue in the next year.

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Big USDA Crop Progress numbers and major harvest strides highlight this week's big ag news.

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