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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.

Grain market bounces into the new year

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

In my grandmother Faragher’s Manx household was the tradition of the “Qualtagh.” The qualtagh, the first visitor to your home in the New Year, was a harbinger of the household fortunes for the year. A young, vigorous man was as good as it gets. A crusty, broken down old farmer meant you should dig a […]

The silly season is upon us

Thursday, December 31, 2009

In NASCAR the so-called “silly season” is that period at the end of the year when teams are realigning. Drivers are going to other teams, teams are changing leadership or swapping drivers. People are hired, fired. Everyone knows this next year is the year. Just ask the Cubs or, for that matter, the Indians. Silly […]

Grain market turns back south

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Last week we looked at charts, trying to find signals of direction. Well, we know more about direction now. Corn prices broke sharply on the Chicago Board of Trade this week for no particular reason I can think of. That should give you confidence that you are not wasting your time reading this! Actually, the […]

I call it ‘the rearview mirror’ grain market

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It is hard to get a handle on where markets are going these days. The easiest method, with the least recriminations when you are wrong, is to look in the rearview mirror.

Grain harvest struggles to its conclusion

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

When prices go up and down, sometimes without reason, we call it “volatile.” When we can explain it, we describe cycles and retracements and corrections. We have a basket full of adjectives to describe the chicken-entrail sketching on our charts. This market we just describe as erratic.

Crop harvest drags into Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

USDA released the Sunday night Crop Progress Report Monday after the close, and it was not pretty. Harvest still drags on, and rain coming into the Midwest this week will not help. Thanksgiving will come and go with corn, and even soybeans, still in the fields. One of the biggest traditions of my youth was […]

Slow crop harvest, but a fast market

Thursday, November 5, 2009

December corn futures gained 9 cents in the last five minutes of trade Monday. Traders seemed to be reacting to fears of lack of harvest progress. USDA released new harvest numbers after the close that seemed to confirm the bullishness. December futures had a 24-cent range from high to low Monday. We had a spike […]

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