Kevin Van Trump

Founder, Farmdirection.com

Kevin is a leading expert in Agricultural marketing and analysis, he also produces an award-winning and world-recognized daily industry Ag wire called "The Van Trump Report." With over 20 years of experience trading professionally at the CME, CBOT and KCBOT, Kevin is able to 'connect-the-dots' and simplify the complex moving parts associated with today's markets in a thought provoking yet easy to read format. With thousands of daily readers in over 40 countries, Kevin has become a sought after source for market direction, timing and macro views associated with the agricultural world. Kevin is a top featured guest on many farm radio programs and business news channels here in the United States. He also speaks internationally to hedge fund managers and industry leading agricultural executives about current market conditions and 'black swan' forecasting. Kevin is currently the acting Chairman of Farm Direction, an international organization assembled to bring the finest and most current agricultural thoughts and strategies directly to the world's top producers. The markets have dramatically changed and Kevin is trying to redefine how those in the agricultural world can better manage their risk and better understand the adversity that lies ahead. 

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Will we see a bullish corn weather card?

Corn traders seemed little surprised by the USDA's estimate of 89 million corn acres being planted in 2015 vs. the 90.6 million planted in 2014. More....More

2 factors that could push corn prices higher

Corn traders will be eager to hear the latest data released at the USDA Ag Forum scheduled for this Thursday and Friday. There will also likely be....More

Market dynamics to push soybean prices higher

As I pointed out weeks ago, politics and logistics can often be more of an uncertainty in South America than actual production. As long as the world....More

The secret to improving your grain marketing

Anybody can market $8 corn but it takes a great marketing plan to market $4 corn. Know your strengths and weaknesses; consistency is key to your corn....More

Does corn rally give us a chance to market old-crop bushels?

Those producers who are still holding old-crop bushels need to be considering all the moving parts and specifics that apply to your particular area....More

Will lower crude oil prices increase soybean sales to China?

I continue to believe the herd has taken on a "sell the rallies" type mentality. This will obviously keep a lid on prices and make getting back above....More

Will strong corn exports push acres higher?

On the supply side of the equation, most sources are talking about U.S. producers perhaps going back with more corn next year. The fall in soybean....More

Is now the time to price soybeans north of $10?

Soybean prices broke significantly lower on the heels of less than bullish USDA data. We saw a slight bounce Tuesday. Keep in mind however, we've....More

Cutting through the details: My thoughts on Monday's USDA data dump

Moral of the story, don't overthink this market and do not get overly convicted to your preconceived ideas or thoughts. This is simply about reducing....More

Will the funds continue to place bullish bets on corn, soybeans?

As a producer, I continue to hold out for slightly higher corn prices before pulling the trigger on additional sales. From a spec perspective, I....More

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