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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.

Grain market stagnant on lack of news

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I can only talk about the March 31 USDA Planting Intentions Report so many times. It will soon be old news, but it is still the market mover right now, which is to say that the market is not moving.

Mixed USDA news lowers grain market

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

USDA’s March crop production report says we have the highest ending stocks of 12 years. That cannot be a good thing, comments grain merchandiser Marlin Clark.

Bad timing for a weak grain market

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Farmers are facing the need to sell corn for spring cash flow into a weak market that continues lower over the last few days.

Market Monitor Turbulent market leaves grain buyer scratching his head about future

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I should have learned by now. I have been bitten so often. Once bitten, twice shy. How shy for bitten as much as I have. The thing is, the proper answer for almost any question I get these days should be, “I haven’t got a clue.” I need to get this fixed in my mind […]

Turbulent market leaves grain buyer scratching his head

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The next big news is projected plantings, out the end of March from USDA. If low prices compared to input costs limit corn acres, we can get some pop in the market.

Two ugly weeks in the grain markets

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It is hard to get excited about selling me grain when corn has dropped 60 cents, beans are off $1.40 since Jan. 4, and wheat is down almost 90 cents.

Midwinter grain report from Great North

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The grain markets crashed after the USDA Inventory Report earlier this month.

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