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  • Jul 18, 2016

    Grain prices fall sharply after USDA releases Grain Supply and Demand report

    The USDA Grain Supply and Demand Report predicts good yields for the 2016 harvest in both the corn and soybean fields. This news sent prices falling and is expected to have a significant financial impact on Midwest farmers....More
  • Jul 12, 2016

    Soybean Market volatility remains with new ending stock numbers

    Expect extreme volatiliy in the bean market. Weather becomes a major factor. Many areas have witnessed soybean conditions increase 1 percent....More
  • Jul 8, 2016

    Will U.S. Soybean production square up the global balance sheet?

    Soybeans caught a slight bid Friday morning, but many insiders believe the market now looks poised to test major psychological and technical support in the $10-10.20 range vs. the NOV16 contract....More
  • Jul 5, 2016

    What bullish wild cards are left for the soybean market?

    Soybean traders continue to aggressively doubt the balance sheet. The bulls are saying despite the USDA forecasting a new record number of soybean acres being planted, 83.7 million, we could still be looking at ending stocks sub-200 million....More
  • Jun 29, 2016

    Soybean prices remain extremely volatile

    The soybean market is extremely uncertain about a number of important headlines, both international and domestic, from South America acreage to U.S. planting, La Niña and exports. I have to imagine we will see extreme price swings during the next 60 days....More
  • Jun 24, 2016

    Britain's fallout is impacting soybean prices 1

    Soybeans, similar to corn, are feeling the fallout from commodities across the board being pressured by the British fallout and the strength of the U.S. dollar. The bulls have been backpedaling aggressively all week, as prices are now down close to $1 per bushel from last week's high....More
  • Jun 14, 2016

    Weather wild cards for the corn market

    Corn producers in several locations are talking about extremely warm temperatures and early-planted corn starting to show a bit of stress out in the fields. Obviously this has the bulls thinking about possible production cuts by the USDA coming in the next 30 days....More
  • Jun 10, 2016

    Bullish and bearish, see how the latest USDA report breaks down

    The June 2016 WASDE report was fairly as expected. Corn data is somewhat as expected, with the bulls looking for slightly larger increases in demand. Soybeans are holding their gains on across the board bullish data delivered by the USDA....More
  • Jun 3, 2016

    New dynamics in the soybean market

    Soybean traders are talking about the possibility of a blow-off top in the front end of the soybean market. I'm not so sure about that. As I've been saying for weeks, the funds don't want to give up their front-end positioning as a large amount of the length is tied to various "cross-hedging" strategies trying to protect larger macro uncertainty and billions of dollars at risk in South America....More
  • May 31, 2016

    Stick with your long-term soybean risk-management plan

    From where I sit, the new-crop NOV16 contract and a U.S. weather story are simply icing on the cake, but certainly not of their primary interest or concern, hence the reason I believe a larger portion than we think, stay "front-end" centric....More
  • May 27, 2016

    Be careful betting on the obvious in the soybean market

    Despite a soybean meal price rally, possibility of a large 2017 South American crop and possibility of a La Niña, Kevin Van Trump urges farmers to use caution when betting on what seems obvious in the soybean market....More
  • May 24, 2016

    Why the US dollar and weather will drive the corn market

    I personally believe we are at serious inflection point in the corn market. I hate to sound like a politician, but I can easily argue both sides of the market and present convincing bullish and bearish cases for corn prices....More
  • May 20, 2016

    Bullish and bearish debates around soybean price

    Soybean bears were happy to see yesterday's break in price, but we are still trading close to 15¢ above the $10.63 open posted on Monday. The bulls continue to talk about complications in Argentina and a crop in Brazil that appears to be getting a bit smaller....More
  • May 13, 2016

    Corn, soybean prices catch tailwinds from USDA report

    Corn bulls caught a bit of tailwind off the "limit-up" trading in the soy complex. The USDA made production cuts to both the Argentina and Brazilian corn crops, and arguably released a slightly less-bearish-than-expected stocks number....More
  • May 6, 2016

    Marketing plan execution is more important than strategy right now

    Make certain you're spending as much time improving execution as you are your strategy. As the markets look to be picking up speed and volatility in the years ahead I suspect the execution side of the equation may start to pay larger dividends....More
  • May 3, 2016

    Will planting pace keep a lid on corn prices?

    Corn traders continue to monitor South American weather, Chinese policy, Brazilian politics and the pace of U.S. planting. Really nothing has changed much in the past 24 hours....More
  • Apr 29, 2016

    Will higher soybean prices stick around long enough to make some sales?

    Soybean producers were given another opportunity to reduce risk as the market traded back near recent highs. As a producer I've been able to reduce a lot of our new-crop production risk on the recent run-up in price. Now I want to wait and see if any of these dominos fall in the right direction before making my next move....More
  • Apr 26, 2016

    Why will the soybean rally hang around?

    From a bullish, technical perspective I would like to see the new-crop contract continue to close above the $9.70 level, providing us hope that would could eventually see another nearby leg higher....More
  • Apr 22, 2016

    Can bulls keep the weather premium in the corn market?

    Corn bulls say upcoming rounds of wet weather in the U.S. might delay planting in some key production areas and should be considered for a bullish price. Bears say the weather is nearly perfect for recently planted seed and the overall planting pace shouldn't be negatively impacted....More
  • Apr 19, 2016

    South America weather, politics push soybean prices higher

    As both a producer and a spec, I have to imagine if we begin to see more business coming back to U.S. exporters for meal the trade will again start to add more risk premium. Until then the trade appears on hold preferring to take a "wait-and-see" approach in regard to South American weather and political uncertainty....More
  • Apr 15, 2016

    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

    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

    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

    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

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