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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, […]

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