Monday, March 30, 2020 9:58AM CDT
Under some new waivers granted by the State Department, new visa applicants for H-2A and H-2B workers can get their visas approved without requiring in-person interviews. When embassies and consulate offices announced earlier this month they would stop in-person visa interviews, that risked curbing the number of H-2A workers farmers could bring into the U.S. this year.
Monday, March 30, 2020 9:45AM CDT
After the trade dispute with China began, the planting choice favored corn over soybeans. In 2020, the better odds for a higher return have now shifted back to soybeans.
Monday, March 30, 2020 9:42AM CDT
The House passed the CARES Act by unanimous consent Friday. The legislation has nearly $2.2 trillion in aid, including $14 billion that would boost USDA's Commodity Credit Corp., and provide a specific aid set aside for livestock producers, dairy farmers and farmers who sell directly at farmers markets or sell to other businesses affected by the shutdown.
May corn is up 1/2 cent per bushel, May soybeans are down 3 1/2 cents, and May KC wheat is down 1 cent.
The month of March is coming to an end, and with it many hope the nightmare that has developed over the last month will end too. Underlying pressure is expected to be seen once again Tuesday, especially in lean hog trade, which posted another limit loss Monday.