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Crops

Early in the month, NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) urea barge prices were trading in the $170-$180 range and moved up to the $184-$193 range by month's end. Late in the month, prices went up as high $199 but then fell back. (Chart courtesy of Ken Johnson)
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World fertilizer prices were mixed in August, with some products higher and some lower. The increases may be brief, however, as they were based on sellers preparing for fall fieldwork.

Livestock

Potential backgrounders should consider if forages are more valuable as a means of adding weight to stockers or producing another calf. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Victoria G. Myers)
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Potential backgrounders should consider if forages are more valuable as a means of adding weight to stockers or producing another calf.

Business & Inputs

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Track interest rate trends in benchmark rates, farm mortgages, operating credit, farm machinery and feeder loans, based on DTN sources and Federal Reserve surveys of ag banks.

Equipment & Tech

World & Policy

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Stocks are opening moderately higher on Wall Street as the market comes off three days of losses. Banks rose the most in early trading Monday. Herbalife rose after activist investor Carl Icahn, the company's largest shareholder, said he has increased his stake.

Farm Life

Fourth-generation orchardist and beef producer Eddie Richard sees a future in roadside sales. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Tom Gralish)
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Frederick County, Virginia, is known for its orchard culture, and with the summer and fall fruit harvests, visitors stop by the many roadside stands to buy freshly picked apples, peaches and pears.

What DTN Is Watching

Weather

Showers are in store for the Texas Panhandle, Southern Plains, and the middle and upper Mississippi Valley Monday. Dry conditions will be in place elsewhere. Temperatures will be hot in the Delta-Southeast, and seasonal elsewhere. This combination is still favorable for late-season crop filling along with wheat harvest in northern areas.

Markets

It's another Monday, meaning grain traders have weekly export inspections (morning) and crop progress and conditions (afternoon) to look forward to. Financial markets have July consumer spending and core inflation data on the docket.