MarketMaxx 2008 sign up is underway. It's your chance to improve your corn and soybean marketing at a time when markets are more volatile than ever. And if your corn and soybean market savvy shines the brightest, you could be a grand-prize winner.

Grand prize for the 2008 corn contest is a Gleaner R5 or A5 series combine (up to 100 combine separator hours). Grand prize in the 2008 soybean contest is an Agco RT or DT series tractor (up to 250 tractor engine hours). Second prize for each category is a complete computer system plus software from Syngenta Crop Protection. Third prize in the corn contest is a complete Leica mojo-RTK auto-steer system from Leica Geosystems.

To sign up go to www.MarketMaxx.net. You'll receive a simulated 100,000 bu. of corn and 50,000 bu. of soybeans to trade. You can begin making MarketMaxx sales when the contest begins Jan. 2, 2008. It continues through Oct. 31, 2008. You can use Chicago Board of Trade futures and options, cash contracts and other marketing tools to make trades.

Since all trades are simulated, there is no financial risk. And, you'll gain a better understanding of how futures and options trades work — information you can use to enhance your real-life corn and soybean marketing.

The MarketMaxx Web site features a guide to writing a marketing plan, a marketing library, the latest corn and soybean futures prices and links to a host of market-oriented sites. You'll receive a MarketMaxx e-newsletter, which highlights contest leaders, market commentary and news that can impact corn and soybean prices.

A guide to MarketMaxx rules and regulations is available at the site. Go to www.MarketMaxx.net today, get signed up and get ready to make your initial trades on Jan. 2.