Market Information Sources Available Through the Internet: Daily to Yearly
Market and Outlook Reports, Prices, and Commodities and Quotes
Jean-Charles Le Vallée, Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State
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2.1 Internet Sources on Market Information:
Reports and Prices
This sub-section covers all sites which offer market data and information from daily
closing prices to weekly, monthly and yearly market reports. They differ by the information,
data-banks and reports provided at each Internet site, by their sources of information, by the
regions covered or by commodities. This Market Reports sub-section has five areas:
(1) USDA market wire service, agricultural marketing service, and economics and
statistics system, (2) international and world markets, (3) Africa, (4) within the United States
of America, and (5) specific commodities such as grains (including rice), soybeans, fruits and
vegetables, hogs, cattle and livestock (including forages), seafood, cotton, nuts and fertilizer
2.1.1. USDA Market Wire Service, Agricultural
Marketing Service, and Economics and Statistics System
The USDA AMS Market News Service. For current U.S. price and sales information,
start your search here. One of the best sources for daily to weekly reports for all kinds of
commodity prices, bids, imports and exports in the U.S., from dairy, feedstuffs, fruit and
vegetables, futures, grains, hay, livestock, meat, poultry, tobacco. Reports cover both domestic
and international markets. Other reports include information on volume, quality, condition, and
other market data on farm products in specific markets and marketing areas. You can reach them
USDA reports and Ag. Market Information - The complete set of reports.
Updated daily. This information for grain and other commodities is organized by state and
nationally by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Institute of Agriculture and Natural
web site at:
The Mann Library has set up historic data series, and indexes on U.S. prices received
by commodity. Published by N.A.S.S., the indexes of prices received by farmers includes
and annual prices, most for 1908-92. Click on the Connect button.
To obtain market information reports and data-sets from the Economic Research Service
(ERS), the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the World Agriculture
Outlook Board (WAOB), go to the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University. Set up in
collaboration with the USDA Economics and Statistics System, their web site
can be reached at:
This site includes more than 140 agricultural data-sets, most in spreadsheet format. You
can find data on subjects such as worldwide textile fiber production, farm production
expenses, European Community wheat supply, milk and dairy product sales, food spending in
American households, U.S. meat supply and consumption, fertilizer use, ozone records for the
Northeast, and so on. The site also includes more than 100 report series. Searching the
system, you can find reports about U.S. agricultural income and finance, farm production
expenses, dairy production, industrial uses of agricultural materials, agricultural trade update,
livestock inventory, and also world agricultural supply and demand estimates and outlook
Looking at wheat for example, monthly update and outlook reports can be found on
supply, disappearance, tariffs, quotas, area, price, stocks, inspections, trade and cash prices for
leading classes of wheat at U.S. markets. Many annual reports are also available.
For those interested in world agricultural supply and demand estimates, full-text
reports provide the most current USDA forecasts of U.S. and world supply-use balances of
major grains, soybeans and products, cotton, and much more. All of these reports may also be
emailed directly to you free of charge. More information on this service can be found in
Another good web site is the Market Information System (MIS) developed by the
University of Florida. It provides agricultural market information received from the USDA
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). It covers many commodities such as grain, and data is
given by city. You may find their site at:
2.1.2. International and World Markets
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) offers regularly many current commodity analysis
reports on world markets and trade for different commodities such as grains and tropical fruit.
The site is worth visiting from time to time to see what is newly available. It may be found
You may also search through their market research page, where you can find country
reports prepared by FAS attaches covering nearly 130 countries (see attache
You may also look through their "Trade Leads" section reported daily, and read their food
market overviews which provide valuable information about some of the United States' most
important export markets. You can also find out how to subscribe to the "Foreign Buyers
List" compiled by FAS overseas staff, or review their market-specific reports providing
detailed information on marketing certain products in specific countries. These web pages can
be found at:
Another interesting tool at the FAS web site is the U.S. import and export statistics for
bulk, intermediate and consumer-oriented foods and beverages (BICO). You may search by
specific commodity or by country. Their web page can be found at:
The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has also a very
good web site. Available through the site are many great features and related information
sources. For example, follow their Global Watch series of pages, and in one you will find
global information on early warning systems for sub-Saharan Africa: food outlook, food
shortages, food crops and supplies, crop prospects and situations, as well as Sahel weather
and special alerts. Also, world food outlook reports on cereals come out every two months.
Be sure to look up their web pages on the World Food Summit held in Rome in November
Another great web page at the FAO site is the FAOSTAT Agriculture Statistics
which contains time-series data (starting from 1961) for over 210 countries and 1500 items on
the production and trade of primary and derived crops and livestock products; agricultural
machinery; fertilizer, pesticides and insecticides (trade only); land use, population and food
aid. For example, if you wanted to compare FAO statistics for wheat production over the last
five years between the U.S., Canada, Argentina and Australia, you can simply request this
information from their database and within a minute(s), the application gives the comparison
between production, area harvested, yield, and so on, of those countries in the order selected.
You can then download a copy in worksheet form!
Finally, among other related sources and links, the FAO has started setting up web
on agricultural marketing, food outlook and yearly commodity market reviews. The
Agricultural Support Systems Division of FAO (AGS) carries out work in agricultural
marketing, agricultural machinery, tools and equipment, agricultural processing, farming
systems and farm management, post-harvest management and rural finance. For example, they
helped set up the web site on market information in Zambia. In the food outlook section you
will find quarterly information on the world cereal situation, supply and demand, current
production and prospects, trade, carryover stock, fertilizer data, export prices and freight
weights. And in the commodity market review section, you can access economic data from the
past few years with reasons for the variations and changes as well as some forecasting. These
web pages cover many commodities such as beverages, sugar, bananas and citrus, cereals and
cassava, oilseeds, oils and oilmeals, livestock and milk products, agricultural raw materials
such as for cotton, fishery products and forestry products.
Statistics: Looking for statistics on a certain country? The FAO's Agricultural
Statistics Information Links (ASIL) web page is a good start: select the region and country and they will
link you to the statistical division or department of that country.
Pink Sheet. The World Bank offers some commodity price data
in their data, analysis and forecasts section, in what is known as the "Pink Sheet." These
reports offer only a few data on food and represent annual averages over the last three years. Of
interest, you may also find some interesting data on global economies, social indicators, balance
payments, and so on. http://www.worldbank.org/prospects/pinksheets/
Also from the World Bank, the Global Commodity Markets
section provides coverage of major primary commodities, including price forecasts, regional
indices, transportation costs, and access to the World Bank's Macroeconomic Outlook. It
Commodity Markets and the Developing Countries, which was discontinued as of December
1998. It is published four times per year (January, April, July, and October). Each 80-page issue,
which will be available in both print and electronic form, will contain price forecasts for 46
primary commodities (for the next three years, and for 2005 and 2010), detailed market reviews
for 27 major commodities, and newly expanded sections covering global and regional price
indexes. Although subscription is necessary for full copy (highly recommended!), you can view
the summary and the featured article for free. The link is: http://www.worldbank.org/prospects/gcmonline/index.htm
From agricultural commodities to metals and energy, get the latest
market news and analysis from the Financial Times.
For the latest information on Commodity, Energy and Financial Futures,
go to the Reuters web site.
For up-to-date commodity futures prices and market news, select Bloomberg.com
Visit the International Grains Council's Monthly Grain Market Report
Although in French, the Centre de coopération internationale
en recherche agronomique pour le développement or CIRAD, produces
statistical sheets with price trends in international markets annually for several (hard to find on
net) tropical agricultural commodities. A good resource, well presented, the link is: http://www.cirad.fr/publications/documents/produitstrop/sommaire.html
Another web site contains baseline projections produced by the Food and
Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) for the U.S. agricultural sector and
international commodity markets. Their agricultural outlook reports cover many commodities in
U.S. and world trade. Their web site can be reached at:
2.1.3. Inside the U.S.
For the United States, many web sites exist that offer local state information for different
commodities through university extension services, exchanges and boards of trade.
These pages provide information on the likely price distributions of key
commodities over the coming year. Such information helps farmers and traders make decisions
on when and in what ways to market their grain (e.g., whether to sell at harvest, store on-farm in
anticipation of higher prices later in the season, lock in a price at harvest via the futures market,
buy or sell options). When combined with enterprise budget data, the information can also be
used in deciding which crops to produce in the coming year.
For grain, a very good site is the Minneapolis Grain Exchange's web page on links to cash
market reports, with data from the Minneapolis, Portland and St. Joseph, MO, AMS Offices
as well as a link to all AMS Grain Market Reports. This site can be found at: http://www.mgex.com/
As well, weekly market data sheets for Missouri may be found through the University of
Missouri's "Agricultural Electronic Bulletin Board" of its Commercial Agriculture Extension
Program. Farm marketing and FAPRI are links of interest. Their site can be reached at: http://agebb.missouri.edu/
General The North American Agricultural Marketing Officials (NAAMO) try
promote education, communication and cooperation and enhance worldwide market
for North American agricultural products. The NAAMO Discussion Area has been created for
use by state (U.S.) and province (Canada) agricultural marketing officials as a means of
communication through the Internet. It is intended to be a forum to post questions, views,
problems, comments, and advice. Their site can be found at: http://www.naamo.org/
2.1.5. Latin America
- Chile. For those interested in South American countries, the Chilean
Ministry of Agriculture has a great site. Although in Spanish, you will find prices and time-series
data for various commodities such as grains, fruits and vegetables, and for various fertilizers as
well. Also available at their site are general macroeconomic data on Chile, agricultural outlook
reports as well as a few grain prices for Argentina. Select one of the choices on the left: Cifras de la Agricultura
but all the links are interesting.
The Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture
has set up excellent market information web
pages. You will find monthly prices for various regions in Perú for grains, different types
of potatoes, fruits, vegetables, several meats, eggs, milk and coffee. Production, yield, price of
fertilizers, trade, weather and cost of production statistics are also available. Start your search
under Estadística agraria and select daily, monthly to yearly statistics.
- Argentina. A much improved web site, the Ministry of
Agriculture has made available much market information and outlook reports. Select from
the list on the left, you will find many statistics and prices for various agricultural commodities,
soils, trade, costs of production and much more. The Agriculture Series offers daily to
yearly and time series market information. Although mostly in Spanish, a good part of the site is
available in English, just click on the English Version link at the top-right. For example,
you will find well presented documents in English on mad cow disease and on Argentina Wheat.
- Argentina. Another site with many statistics, try CIARA's web site.
- U.K. Commercial:
- Farming On-line are based in
the UK and are
a subscriber service for 2500 high end U.K farmers, they have direct feeds to Dow Jones for
up-to-date commodity news, plus a joint venture with the UK's National Farmers Union to make
them a leading supplier of UK on-line agricultural information. Try their free trial service.
- The Home Growers Cereal Authority Market Information (HGCA MI) web site is quite interesting,
commercial and you need to subscribe, some pages of their weekly bulletins are free. They
promote a variety of publications but you will find some pdf files available on weekly prices,
statistics, and daily reports for the UK, EU and world grain markets, simply click on the tabs on
the right side of the home page.
- U.K. Free market information:
- Gerson - UK grain traders, market
reports and prices.
- Dotfarming - Daily prices
grain, oilseeds, potatoes, cattle and sheep (registration needed, is free).
Agriculture - Daily grain market report.
- France Statistiques agroalimentaires, prix et données
- Germany For Deutschen Agrarinformationsnetz, go to DAINET's web site.
- Poland You can get weekly prices for wheat, rye, barley,
potatoes, piglets, eggs, apples and onions, milk and milk products. Information on commodity
exchanges is also available in Polish, and twice a week, they publish wholesale prices of fruit
vegetables. Available from the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Food Economy Department of
- Moldova and some major markets from Russia, Ukraine
and Romania Many good to links to market related business information in the area and of
particular interest are the weekly retail and wholesale price information for fruits, vegetables,
livestock and more, - in Italian and English. See CAMIB
- The Lithuanian
Agricultural International Trade Agency has set up a web site on market information for
Lithuania. Although most of the web site and all publications are in Lithuanian, some
pages are available in English. Published every three weeks, their publications cover dairy, meat
and grain sectors. Look for the Rinkos informacija page to find market information. For
publications, go to Leidiniai internete. They also
offer a link to http://www.Ballinwillinhousefarm.com, a virtual
trade fair where companies can put up information about themselves, their products and contact
information. Similar to the fair above, a subdivision of the virtual trade fair is dedicated to the
Baltic Region Baltic.food-fair.com
- Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Chuvashia and the Kyrgyzskoy
- Many resources are available from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Russian
Federation. Available in English is the Ukrainian agrimarket weekly report. Click here for this report. On the Russian home
page just below the date, click on the first word just below on the left to
It will bring you to a page with price information on various sources such as Information
the inter-republican universal commodity exchange in Moscow where prices of
metals, oil, and foodstuffs on the international exchanges are available. Plus, prices, outlook
reports and more are available for the Kyrgyzskoy Republic with prices of basic food
goods for markets in provincial centers and for Bishkeka; for Chuvashia and for
Uzbekistan. Further market related information is available from the Ministry's web
such as fertilizer and machinery prices, statistics on agricultural production, databases, economic
and statistical indices, grain production, milk yields and production (weekly), statistical
information on the regions of Russia, economic news of countries of the CIS, and
information on inputs, hay/fodder, harvests, and mechanization.
- Only in Russian, you can get the state of food markets information bulletin (every two
for the various regions in the Russian Federation here. In it you will find
retail prices for meats, poultry, oils, milk and cheese, bread, flour, sugar, and various
fruits and vegetables. Selling prices at the wholesale level are also available for the
commodities. Producer prices are also given for the regions on several grains, oilseeds,
sugar, fruits and vegetables, pigs and more.
- Australia F@rming Online, gateway to Australian agriculture,
offers a good number of market reports on cotton, financial, grains, livestock, meat and wool. Browse
other sections of the web site such as weather, news, forums and even buy or sell machinery or
- At the Australian Farming Virtual Library you can find a good
number of links
about Australian agriculture. A couple of links of interest available in the Commodity Prices and
Markets section and several other links that cover a wide range of agricultural issues.
- New Zealand Agri-Fax is a commercial information service which provides New Zealand
agricultural prices and other primary product prices: it includes lamb prices, beef prices, and
venison prices, wheat prices, dairy product prices including butter, casein and skim milk prices,
wool prices, forestry log prices, pine log prices, rural finance, and more. Some free information
available - and try their Beef Price Calculator.
- Indonesia. Very little market information here but you will find
much agricultural information on area harvested, production and yields for many commodities.
The Badan Pusat Statistik web site can be found at: http://www.bps.go.id/statbysector/agri/
- The Center for Market and Information Development at the Ministry of
Agriculture in Indonesia, runs an agribusiness web site where some price reports and
market surveys may be found although not all has been translated to English. A good number of
other links to relevant market information are also available. To visit the site, click here.
All in French, the Market Information System in Burkina Faso
has a web site where you can download monthly average commodity data from 1992 to 1998
weekly data and monthly averages for 1999. The weekly bulletin covering 37 markets is
in the left column. The link is: http://www.statistika.net/tab_sem.html
Available in French, the Observatoire des Marché du Riz in Senegal has weekly
market bulletins mostly on rice but includes some maize and millet.
Available in French and English, the Market Information
in Mali offers monthly bulletins, some good links, and materials on l'Observatoire
Marché Agricole and l'Assemblée permanente des chambres d'agriculture
Available in Portuguese, the market information system in
Mozambique offers weekly market information bulletins called Quente-Quente, as well
monthly bulletins. All files are in pdf or Adobe Acrobat format. Strong analysis, many tables and
graphics, they even include comments on foreign markets. The bulletins may be found at
State University's food security project Mozambique web page, go to the bottom of the page.
link is: http://www.aec.msu.edu/fs2/mozambique/index.htm
In Zimbabwe, you may start on their homepage where you can find the links to
market information, commodities, inputs and weather, as well as other related links
For agricultural prices in Zimbabwe, for
grains (weekly) go to: http://www.samara.co.zw/zimace/
For livestock (monthly), go to: http://www.samara.co.zw/CFU/marketing/livestock.html
For South Africa, the South African futures market
has a lot of information available and consists of financial and agricultural divisions.
To reach the SAFEX web site, go to:
But for those interested in obtaining the data directly, link to: ftp://mail.safex.co.za/pub/
Apart from SAFEX, other stock exchanges in Africa do exist. Although market
information is hard to find, for those interested, exchanges for over 18 countries are listed at
For other links to agricultural resources in South Africa, the best place to start
be the National Department of Agriculture. It has links to regional departments and related SA
agricultural sites. The URLs are: http://www.agric.za/
Other sources of information on Africa can be found on other well organized web sites
depending on what you are looking for. The USAID has an excellent site for regional
information on Africa. Available through their site is the Africa Data Dissemination Service,
AfricaLink, Famine Early Warning System, Horn Information Exchange, Initiative-Africa GII
Gateway and information on natural resources management. Some market information is
available such as food and calorie production, food aid, and so on. You may download
agricultural statistics for each African country through their data dissemination service or find
reports on food security, production or aid through other links, such as teff production for
Ethiopia or calorie production in the Sahel. Through the famine early warning system, monthly
country updates are available as well as special reports. For example, you can find a report on
"Maize meal prices continue to fall in Zambia" for the month of July 1996. The AfricaLink
section has good information on Internet service providers (ISP), connectivity and costs in
Africa. Their web site is located at: http://www.info.usaid.gov/regions/afr/
The World Bank has set up web pages on Africa that offer special reports,
recent bank-sponsored research, such as "Ensuring Food Security in Mali" in their Findings
section, or you may also read infobriefs on best practices. Reports do not necessarily pertain to
agriculture but cover many subjects. You may find their site at:
The SADC Food Security Programme - SADC Food Security and Technical
Administrative Unit (FSTAU) in Harare - Zimbabwe. At this Internet site, you will find food
security quarterly bulletins, food security updates, agro-meteorological updates, monthly
bulletins on the status of the growing season, local seeds system news, satellite images,
database on food and agriculture in SADC and much more. You can access specific
information for each of the SADC countries, based on the SADC FSTAU and FAO-GIEWS
databases. You can also click on a map for individual country information. Other sections
available from the web site are: SADC Regional Early Warning System, Famine Early Warning
System, Remote Sensing Project, Food Security Training Programme, Small Scale Seed
Production Project, Food Security Database Project, SADC EIS/GIS Technical Unit, Regional
Food and Nutritional Information System, and the SADC Centre of Communication for
Development. The URL is: http://www.sadc-fanr.org.zw/
2.1.9. Specific Commodities
- CIMMYT offers a variety
of publications, of particular interest is the Annual Maize and Wheat Facts and Trends
report. Go to Resource Center at the top, then click on Economics Program in the right
- Looking for Grain Boards, Grain Pools, Grain governmental
organizations, Grain companies, to Grower associations, Producers and Research, this is a good
guide: the Grains Virtual
Library. Currently replaced with the Grain Zone.
- A well organized page of links to grain marketing across the U.S., for
daily and weekly market commentaries, brokers, quotes, charts and more, visit the Grain Marketing Page.
- Rice: Probably one of the hardest and most elusive commodities
find any market information on the web.
- The Singapore Business Times, now
offer a great variety of market information on commodities (SICOM Futures). Not only can we
daily FOB Thai rice prices (covering several white, broken, loonzain and parboiled rice)
but prices for many more agricultural commodities varying from palm, kernel and coconut oil, to
coffee, cocoa, sugar, copra, nutmeg and rubber from Liffe, Rotterdam, to CBOT and Singapore
of course. Non-agricultural commodities such as crude oil and metals can also be found. BT
commodities also puts out an excellent Weekly Commodity Summary (updated every Monday).
yearbooks and outlook reports are available from the Mann Library from
1996 to 1999. It includes U.S. rice production, supply, disappearance, trade, and price data. It
also includes state acreage, yield, and production data; U.S. and world price series; and price
support program statistics.
- The FAO regularly publishes data on rice export prices and has an export price index
sub-indices on long, medium/short grain rice as well as sub-indices on high and low quality rice.
The index was constructed in the 80s and has regularly been revised and weighted, to reflect the
huge changes that have occurred in the rice export market. They are published in rice market
reports on a monthly basis. See the Rice Situation Update. You may also find information on rice in their Commodity Market Review section.
Probably the best web site for soybean information is StratSoy. StratSoy is an
information and communication system for the United States soybean industry, funded by the
United Soybean Board, developed and maintained by the University of Illinois. Nice site, their
The Malaysian Palm Oil
Promotion Council offers daily, weekly and monthly
market information for the country's palm oil industry, including FOB prices in US$. Select the
Market and Statistics link. You may also find a good number of statistics and prices at the Palm
Oil Research Institute of Malaysia or (PORIM).
Fruits and vegetables
- A new and upgraded site, this is the place to be when looking for market information for
fruits and vegetable. Make sure to obtain a password registration. The site has daily price
information on more than 120 fruit and vegetable commodities from all the wholesale markets
USA, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Today's Market Prices now includes a
weekly report from the Rotterdam Fruit and Vegetables Exchange Auction Market, that reflects
the movement of the most important point of entry of Europe; a bi-weekly report from Japan
F&V prices of the Tokyo Central Wholesale Ota Market); and daily Shipping Points prices
the USA, which makes them somewhat unique in their category.
- Although the MIS web site also covers many other commodities, you may find terminal
market prices for fruit and vegetables for different cities around the world. They take their
information from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Look for the AMS
links. You may find their site for terminal market prices for fruit and vegetables at:
National Food and Agricultural Policy Project at Arizona State University -
East, offers annual historical data and forecasts until the year 2008 for the U.S., value of
production, per capita consumption and crop utilization.
- Calling itself "The Global HomePage for the Fruit & Vegetable Trade," FruitNet's
objective is to supply up-to-date and accurate prices of fresh fruit and vegetables in the main
European and South African markets. You may find the latest Johannesburg market prices as
well as daily market prices of certain areas of the world if you follow the London report link.
You may reach FruitNet at:
- The Global Agribusiness Information Network offers world market information and
reports on tropical horticultural products such as papaya, mango, vanilla, avocado, and so on.
They also offer access to articles from periodicals such as "Tropical Produce Marketing
News" and "Market Asia." You may also link up to wholesale price reports covering North
America and Europe. You may also want to check out their other agricultural links. You can
reach their site at:
A great resource of news, prices, and reports on sugar. But best of all,
they have set up a great number of links by country, very useful. Visit Sugar Online.com. Be sure to
visit the rest of the web site as they have an amazing number of related links. A real one-stop site
A good site to start is the Packer's Trading
Company's hog marketing forecast web page.
Based in Chicago, they use the Chicago Mercantile exchange for settlement prices. They can
be found at:
Cattle and Livestock
- For U.S. live and feeder cattle cash and futures markets as well as daily market reports, try
the Texas based trading floor at:
- The Livestock Marketing
Information Center has excellent sources of information from weekly production to
prices, quick market reports to current situations. They also have a very good number on links
related to the sector and elsewhere. Well organized and easy access.
For more market information on livestock and other sectors, the Weekly Insiders Retail Report provides
busy buyers and sellers with a quick snapshot of market trends and conditions in the poultry,
meat, seafood, dairy, and egg industries. The report is in pdf format.
another site not to be missed: market news, prices, reports and many good links.
Two other great agricultural resources for livestock are: Oklahoma State University's Livestock Virtual Library and The Breeds of Livestock Information
Finally, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association maintains a site with a wealth of
information on science & regulatory, conservation, federal lands, property rights, farm
tax & credit, food & nutrition, foreign trade and much more. In addition, it has
regulatory and legislative updates covering the above topics as well as beef safety, cattle health
& well-being, international markets, live-cattle marketing, inspection, check-off, position
papers, bills, press releases, you name it. See the Cattlemen on the Hill.
is one of the best sources of links around. Statistics and prices from
around the world. Take your time, there are many good links.
- A good complimentary resource is Iowa State University's Animal Market
Information web page.
- Kansas State
offers Livestock and Crops Market Updates (in pdf format). See also the K-State Livestock & Meat
Marketing Institute's web page. The prices, basis charts, and livestock market outlook radio
interview are posted weekly every Monday.
- For information on the economics of raising and marketing beef cattle,
check out Harlan Hughes' Market
Advisor for prairie beef producers.
- Forages, pasture, silage and hay. Following livestock, market information of
may be of great interest. Morgan's web site provides forage economics such as a table
summarizing hay prices throughout the U.S. as well as links to the USDA weekly hay reports.
They have also just begun adding private hay reports with the Auction at Fort Atkinson, Iowa.
Other locations are expected to be added shortly. There is also pasture and silage information
available. In addition to their work on forages, in joint venture with the American Beef
magazine (the official publication of the Beef Improvement Federation), their site is the
Beef Cattle Sales site as well. Here you will find listings of beef seedstock auctions as well as
private treaty, sale managers, feedlots, book publishers and other services to the beef industry.
Use the following links by section: for forage,
hay, silage and pasture, and for purebred beef cattle sales.
Seafood and more
One of the rare and few places where you find market trends and
conditions for seafood. Click Seafoodnet.com,
developed by Urner Barry Publications Inc.
Nuts, Dried Fruit, Seeds, Pulses and Grains
- World cotton prices are taken from the
Cotlook A and B indices. For market summaries,
trends and graphs, Cotlook daily, cifquotes and the indices, try Cotlook Limited's web pages
- The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) also has web pages under their
cotton information section that include many papers, graphs and trends, mailing lists, and
supply and use by country. To obtain the latest market information and monthly updates, you
must pay for the service. The rest of the site is free and most is available in pdf format (Adobe
acrobat reader). You can find ICAC at:
- The Agricultural
Commodities Exchange site is for use by all players in various sub-sectors: growers,
producers, traders, brokers, manufacturers and retailers who buy, sell and trade in agricultural
commodities. One of the very few who have information on NUTS, cashews, walnuts, hazel
pistachios and much more! You can advertise your company, and bid or offer for a growing
range of commodities. There are reports on factors affecting prices and production. Weather
reports and price and production graphs are also being developed.
- The International Tree Nut Council has several pages on world
consumption and production trends, a good overview of annual statistics and comparison
countries. The link is: http://inc.treenuts.org/
- Learn more about chocolate and find the daily price for cocoa
beans as well as a market summary at the International Cocoa Organization.
- The International Coffee
Organization offers market related information such as world trade, production and daily to
monthly prices for various world markets of Coffee.
Fertilizer Market Information - Commercial:
Fertilizer Market Information - Free:
- The International Fertilizer Industry Association has a great statistics web page
where you can find production, imports, exports and consumption of N, P2O5 and K2O, from
1973/74 to1999/2000, by year and by country/region/world; and their annual fertilizer
indicators, a compilation of graphs and diagrams illustrating the development in different
regions of the world of the capacities, production, consumption and trade of nitrogen, phosphate
and potash fertilizers, and certain important intermediates and raw materials. The development
of world cereal production and stocks and the crops on which fertilizers are used, is also
illustrated. You may also want to read their Fertilizer Demand and Crops reports as well. You
will also find interesting materials to read in their Publication section.