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The crop harvest that just never ends

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Remember when you expected to harvest up to Thanksgiving? Part of the problem with crop progress is perspective. We have gotten used to early planting, fast dry-down, and big planting and harvesting equipment.

Farmers fighting for crops in Ohio

Thursday, October 27, 2011

It is no news to anyone reading this that the farmers of Ohio are fighting for their crops and their livelihoods. The hardy farmers of northeast Ohio got parts of two days this weekend to run beans on squishy ground.

Grain markets: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

December corn futures have now dropped exactly $2 from the 7.77 Aug. 30 high. The good news is that we may have finally put a bottom in.

Got the rain gauge (and grain market) blues

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The rain gauge told the story yesterday. I finally limped out there with my shepherd’s crook leaving holes in the ground. (That’s another story: I am getting old and brittle, and couldn’t find a cane in the house.) I knew it would be bad, since it had been more than a week, but I was […]

The sun will come up tomorrow

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Channeling Little Orphan Annie and Gone With the Wind to stay positive in this grain market.

Corn prices take run at all-time high

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Our short supply for the old grain crop is leading into fundamental numbers that make us think the tight supply continues for the next year.

Worse crop conditions, better prices

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It’s a seller’s market: Don’t look back at $7 corn and $14 beans and wonder why you didn’t sell those numbers going into harvest!

Erratic grain markets after USDA reports

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

USDA cut the corn and soybean crop estimates in the Aug. 11 Crop Production Report, but the market has had two minds about the numbers. Initial reaction was for higher prices, then lower prices, then higher prices. This morning, Tuesday, the mood seems negative again. USDA now puts the corn crop at 12.914 billion bushels. […]

Disappointing grain trading and confusion before the report

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Since the direction of the market for the remainder of the crop year depends mostly upon the size of the crops, the Aug. 11 USDA Crop Production Report is a big deal.

Ohio crops are late, but improving

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The casual view from the windshield is of good crops. The reality is that we are very late, however, and that exposes us to less yield and fears of maturity. A frost scare the end of September would change things a lot.

Pity the poor, misunderstood grain market speculator

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The grain market needs speculators, but they are fickle. They will set a price to take a profit and liquidate. If there are a lot of them following some trading company’s advice, the market can be adversely affected in a short time. They may even reverse positions, putting huge pressure on the market.

Surprise fundamentals crash grain market

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The trouble with fundamental news coming from the government is that the market is forced to trade them as fact. Never mind that Ohio traders do not believe the acres said to be planted in Ohio. They are right until they are proven wrong.

Ugly reality hits the grain markets

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The ugly reality in the Buckeye State: Ohio farmers will have a small crop, but the rest of the nation will not.

Big shake up in eastern corn markets

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The shutdown of Bionol, the ethanol plant in Clearfield, Pa., has thrown a monkey wrench into grain marketing in the East currently. A plant that uses 100,000 bushels of corn a day is certainly the 600-pound gorilla in local markets. Producers, elevators and traders are scrambling to work out the problems the shutdown creates. The […]

2011 crop planting progress is slow, confusing

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

When the weather broke, U.S. farmers did what they are good at doing, which is running day and night when they can, and sleeping next winter. The results were mixed, and a little confusing to the markets.

Go time: Farm wheels turning, tracks churning

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Crop progress? Good temperatures now will still give us a normal crop. This will mostly be true for next week, then we go downhill fast.

Rain muddies the crop prospects

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Continued rain across the Midwest dominates all thinking about marketing these days. There was virtually no progress in planting last week, and will be none expected this week.

Prospective Plantings report looming larger

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ahead of the USDA Prospective Plantings Report, we have estimates of large increases in corn acres and significant decreases in soybean acres.

Outside forces still dictating grain markets

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

So, last week I said the rally was over, but I still hadn’t heard the sounds of It’s Over!, my favorite Roy Orbison song. Then, the market sparked up again. So, now what do I write? That I was correct, because the market appeared to be over, but wasn’t? Or that I was wrong? Or, […]

Grain markets: The party’s getting old in Chicago

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Factors outside markets seemed to be helping grain prices: the weak dollar, the high crude price, the Libyan situation were all cited as reasons for high prices. And now, the focus of the world is on Japan and the catastrophe there.

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