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  • Apr 15, 2016
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    Corn prices facing technical hurdles

    Corn bulls are hoping to see the market pulled higher by talk of possible production hiccups with Brazil's second-crop corn and complications with the Argentine harvest. U.S corn exports have been strong lately, but bears are quick to point out the glut of supply the Chinese government wants to aggressively liquidate....More
  • Apr 12, 2016
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    Focus on risk management, not price forecast for soybeans

    Regardless of your personal strategy, you need to be talking to your individual advisor about ways you can lock in a profit or secure a floor to reduce some portion of your new-crop 2016 production risk....More
  • Apr 8, 2016
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    This week could be wild for soybean prices

    Many analyst believe that the soybean production estimate in Brazil is too high!...More
  • Apr 1, 2016
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    Why the USDA corn acre number makes sense, for now

    Corn bulls were taken by surprise as the USDA announced the largest March 1st stocks in history and a whopping 93.601 million acres will be planted in 2016. Keep in mind that's +5.6 million more than the 87.999 million corn acres U.S. producers planted last year....More
  • Mar 29, 2016
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    Global impact on the corn market

    Corn traders are trying to understand the details and fill in the blanks regarding the move by the Chinese government to officially drop their corn reserve program....More
  • Mar 22, 2016
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    Is it time to take advantage of the over bought soybean market?

    Soybean traders continue to keep a close eye on the charts....More
  • Mar 18, 2016
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    Can anything move corn prices?

    As a producer, I remain patient waiting for higher prices before reducing more flat-price cash risk; my basis has been locked for an extended period....More
  • Mar 11, 2016
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    Managing risk in today's grain markets

    I believe far too many producers right now are looking to bail themselves out by outperforming the markets. The best and most consistent marketers and investors always look to control risk first; return is simply a secondary byproduct....More
  • Mar 8, 2016
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    Can anything push soybean prices higher? Weather? WASDE? Exports?

    Soybean traders are talking about heavy technical resistance on the charts up around the $9.00 level vs. the NOV16 new-crop contract and just slightly lower vs. the old-crop contracts....More
  • Mar 1, 2016
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    Don't get caught offsides in the corn market

    Corn bears continue to talk about the importance of the MAY16 contract holding "psychological support" at or slightly above $3.50 per bushel. Many insiders continue to believe a technical breakdown below this level could trigger a sell-off to around $3.20....More
  • Feb 19, 2016
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    Will USDA increase South America's corn production?

    Corn bears continue to argue that second-crop corn production in Brazil is improving and that the USDA might eventually need to bump their total Brazilian corn crop production estimate higher by 2-3 MMTs....More
  • Feb 12, 2016
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    Why are the corn and weather bulls backpedaling?

    Corn bulls were again disappointed by weekly U.S. export sales. This already has some wondering if the USDA will ultimately need to further reduce their latest estimate....More
  • Feb 9, 2016
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    Can meal demand drive the soybean market higher?

    meal demand to lead soybean market higher, high protein in high demand...More
  • Feb 5, 2016
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    Still betting on unknowns for the corn market?

    I remain nervous about the outside macro space, slowing global growth and the fallout in crude oil. The "weather bull" inside us all continues give hope, but have to realistically ask yourself, "How much am I willing to bet on that unknown?"...More
  • Jan 29, 2016
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    Will weather offer upside potential for the corn market?

    Corn bulls continue to talk about the very real possibility for extreme weather during the upcoming U.S. season, and I'm hearing more weather gurus talk about the rapidly declining El Niño, and the disruptions that could follow in it's wake....More
  • Jan 22, 2016
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    Is there any optimism in the soybean market?

    Soybean bulls continue to talk about fundamental weather uncertainties in many parts of Brazil and now a few areas inside Argentina. The much larger macro bears continue to point toward weaker currency in comparison to the U.S. dollar....More
  • Jan 15, 2016
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    Corn prices stay in tight range

    Corn continues to trade in an extremely tight range as neither the U.S. crop or the highly important second-crop of Brazil are in the ground. In other words, there's not a lot of "weather" in the headlines to excite the bulls....More
  • Jan 12, 2016
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    USDA reports excite the soybean market

    Soybean bulls were happy to see lower ending stocks! Many in the trade thought we could see an increase from the record large yield of 48.3 bpa raised another .5 bpa with this month's report. The USDA, in somewhat of a surprise move, lowered yields to 48.0 bpa, although still a record....More
  • Jan 5, 2016
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    Be patient with the corn market

    As a producer, I still believe we could see another leg lower in price, but doubt the trade makes many bold moves until it fully digests the USDA end-of-year data scheduled for release on January 12....More
  • Dec 18, 2015
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    Can South American weather, politics push soybean prices higher?

    It's all about South American weather and politics right now, two headlines that remain extremely unpredictable. Will those factors boost soybean prices?...More
  • Dec 11, 2015
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    Will South America news support soybean prices?

    Soybean bulls remain optimistic in regard to a possible "producer" tax-credit coming down the pipe for biodiesel. They are also hoping U.S. exports can repeat this past weeks stronger than expected performance and close the gap a bit more in regard to total export sales....More
  • Dec 4, 2015
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    Is there a strong chance for higher corn prices?

    Corn catches a bit of tailwind on a huge backstroke by the U.S. dollar and strength in the wheat market. Unfortunately flat-price is only up about 10¢ on the week and the market still continues to chop around in a sideways channel near the lower end of the range....More
  • Nov 24, 2015
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    How South America Will Impact the Bean Market

    Soybean bulls are arguing it's going to be much tougher than the bears think for newly elected Argentine President Macri to make any type of quick impact on the market. I hear there's some real confusion surrounding the Argentine Central Bank and their current "peso vs. dollar" liquidity....More
  • Nov 20, 2015
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    Do your homework to bank corn profits

    Corn bears are pointing to what appears to be a mild forecasts for the U.S. winter. On the other hand, the bulls are talking about how lack of snowfall and moisture this winter could perhaps leave several key growing regions begging for water into early-spring planting....More
  • Nov 13, 2015
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    Corn's "risk to reward" potential

    Without a major weather story out of South America or some type of unforeseen bullish geopolitical event, I suspect the bears will simply remain up to bat and the cycle of lower-highs and lower-lows will continue....More

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