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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.

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