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Market Monitor: Another leg up in the grain market

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Six weeks ago, and a little more, we finally made the big highs in corn and soybeans. I had been impatient, had predicted highs several times, and was finally right. As prices broke there were, as usual, technicians who said there was still room on the chart for one more leg up. Leg up Then […]

Small gains stabilize grain markets

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Grain markets have stabilized on the Chicago Board of Trade in recent days. That is a nice way of saying that we have seen small gains after large losses, without a real sense of direction being established. Market moves December corn futures have retraced nearly a third of the large loss. We fell from the […]

Thrown by the ‘urban cowboy’ grain market

Monday, November 22, 2010

We in the grain business are hanging on with both hands to the mechanical bull market. It goes up, it goes down, and it eventually throws you off on your face.

Grain markets hang onto highs

Monday, November 8, 2010

Grain markets continue to confound observers, as new highs keep flowing as combines keep rolling. Corn, soybeans and wheat have all made new highs or returned to the high in the case of wheat. This is happening even as we are finishing harvest, a time normally of declining prices. Take your pick of the reason. […]

USDA report blows corn tops

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Is grain market on a report-induced, blow-off high, or has the report just set off another leg of the rally?

The old gray mare has loped

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be. You know the one — she galloped in and got you all excited about how fast she was, then ran out of steam. No, she looks like a nag you were a fool to bet the farm on. She looked like Secretariat’s great-granddaughter, but […]

Market Monitor: Whoa, Baby, Hot! Hot! Hot!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One of our family stories involves number one son in a restaurant tasting his soup. The attractive girl going by our table was surprised to hear a 12-year old blurt out, “Whoa, Baby, Hot! Hot!” I thought of that yesterday as I watched the attractive corn prices go by my screen. I have to admit […]

Grain markets: It’s not over until the fat farmer combines

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The U.S. grain market is still uneasy about the crop size, and we’re positioning ourselves for a Pamela Anderson bust in prices.

Rain markets break from highs

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Prices on the Chicago Board of Trade have broken sharply on the overnight trading going into Tuesday morning (Aug. 24), as this is written. Corn, soybeans, and wheat have all traded dramatically lower, leaving the highs of the last few days behind. I had to do some quick mental calculations when K-2 called from the […]

Grain market’s Turn-Around Tuesday may bite us today

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Market commentary: Big gains on the grain market during the day Monday that capped off a few days of frantic trading did not hold; the weakness overnight is accelerating.

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An obstinate and opposite market

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I am thinking this morning that the grain market is like a sixth grade boy this morning — obstinate and opposite. Whatever you suggest, he wants to do the other thing. The more you push, the more he pushes back. Too old to spank Think about it — we came out of reports that said […]

Crop questions, weak markets

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Corn prices have plunged to new lows as uncertainty about the crop size has created volatility in the markets.

Market Monitor: Lack of insight, but not opinion

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I was reminded this morning that when it comes to really knowing what is going on in the grain markets, I am as useless as certain vestigial mammary organs on a male swine. Maybe you have to think about that for a moment. I cleaned it up a little for the “General” audience. In fact, […]

Market Monitor: Dead cat shows signs of life

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Last week I mentioned the old saw about the dead cat — that even a dead cat can bounce a little. That was in response to the idea that the market had gone so low, a little bounce did not mean anything. The bounce has now lasted for a week, and I am forced to […]

Market Monitor: Rain on plain starts to make grain

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I laid awake for a long time in the middle of the night, listening to the rain. I am not sure why I do that. It should be a soothing sound to put me to sleep. Memories Maybe I am listening for wind, with a vestigial memory of the night the elevator blew off the […]

True tales from the tractor seat

Thursday, May 27, 2010

In the early 1970s, I finished spraying a field, and parked the tractor at the driveway with the booms still out. Then, I forgot about it.

Market Monitor Report bounce goes away, bailout effects unknown

Thursday, May 20, 2010

When USDA released their monthly Crop Production and Supply and Demand Reports May 11, the market saw glimmers of hope amongst the nuggets of news. The shiny spots now appear to be fools gold. Reality sets in Markets spurted higher coming out of reports May 11, but reality struck later in the week and we […]

Fast planting weather, slow grain market

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A month ago, the market was talking about wet weather that would potentially slow the start of planting. Traders built a little delayed-planting premium into prices. Then, the weather changed dramatically, and so did the markets.

Goldman sucks air out of grain market

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Grain prices have broken sharply lower the last few days, and the reason given is the effect of the Goldman Sachs fraud charges on the market.

Weather volatile, grain market stagnant

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

In the nearly two weeks since the USDA’s Planting Intentions Report release, we have seen corn prices decline and soybean prices make small gains. Part of the confusion in the corn is that there was no surprise.

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