Friday, November 27, 2015

The rainy weather that has plagued farmers since the middle of May took a breather the last few days. Three or four days of sunshine and warm — but not hot — weather has perked up some corn and soybean fields.

Ohio’s corn condition declined 19 percent for the second week in a row. Our fearless grain commentator, Marlin Clark, can't remember ever seeing that before.

Heavy rains are having an impact on the grain markets.

Now is a time for hoping, and for looking at grain marketing option strategies. We can’t afford these corn and soybean prices long-term, and we have been too good at production for good prices.

USDA's June 8 Planting Progress report says soybean planting still lags history. This has some traders saying that all the bean acres will never be planted.

The mentality of the grain traders seems to be that we are going to have huge crops at cheap prices. This will be another marketing season for “As the Stomach Turns,” says grain merchandiser Marlin Clark.

Soybeans are poised to go below $9, and that is the lowest price in a long time. Barring a turn to poor weather, beans will get cheaper, says grain merchandiser Marlin Clark.

It is that time of the year: Weather dominates every farmer conversation and weather prospects control the thinking of every market trader.

The nation as a whole is now at 75 percent planted, versus an average of 57 percent. We added 20 percent last week in the country, and were only 55 percent planted.

Warm, dry weather helped some farmers begin planting, but prices are still low.