Apr 5, 2011

Corn, Soybean Stocks Smaller Than Expected

Last week’s quarterly USDA Grain Stocks Report held bullish news for the corn and soybean markets as it pegged March 1 stocks of both crops below trade expectations....More
Apr 5, 2011

March 31 Crop Reports Summary

On March 31, 2011, USDA released its Prospective Plantings and Quarterly Grain Stocks reports. These were very highly anticipated reports, due to the uncertainty in grain prices in recent months, as well as with the tight USDA estimated grain stocks that existed on March 1. Typically, these late March reports are very critical to farm operators and grain traders because these reports tend to have a high impact on grain market prices in the spring and early summer. This is the time of the year when many farm operators try to sell remaining grain inventories from the previous growing season, as well as look for opportunities to forward price a portion of the anticipated crop for the current year. In a majority of years, corn and soybean prices usually reach their peak price in the spring months, from April until June....More
Apr 5, 2011

The Board of Advisors: A Life Lesson

The other day in one of my face-to-face meetings, I asked a group of highly motivated producers to think about a few of their greatest snafus. While many were listed, the producers admitted some of these mistakes actually ended up teaching them valuable business lessons....More
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