Corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat were down for the week.
On Monday, the USDA confirmed that a second round of payments under the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) would be provided to several commodities, including: corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat. Previously payments were announced on 50% of 2018 production. This week’s announcement provided payments on the remaining 50% of 2018 production. The MFP payments were implemented to assist producers that were adversely affected by retaliatory tariffs. Producers are required to complete the MFP application (Form CCC-910) at USDA-FSA prior to January 15, 2019, however they have until May 1 to certify production. MFP payment rates are: $0.06/lb for cotton; $0.01/bu for corn; $1.65/bu for soybeans; and $0.14/bu for wheat. Combined payment limits of $125,000 for corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat are capped per person or legal entity. It is important to note that production is certified by the producer, however it is important that appropriate records are maintained for verification purposes (including any quality adjustments). Continue reading at Tennessee Market Highlights.