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  • Nov 18, 2014
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    USDA lowers expected 2014 corn production 1

    In most instances, record USDA crops get even bigger as the crop is being harvested; however the Nov. 10 USDA Crop Report lowered the expected 2014 expected U.S. corn production by 68 million from the October estimate. The Nov. 1 USDA estimate lowered corn yield estimates by 5 bushels per acre in Minnesota and by 2 bushels per acre in Iowa, as compared to the October estimate....More
  • Nov 14, 2014
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    Is South American weather worse than the soybean trade recognizes?

    As a producer I still want to remain patient. Don't be surprised or panicked though if we start to see the trade backpedal a bit as Chinese demand and U.S. rail lose a little sizzle....More
  • Nov 11, 2014
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    Does the corn market's bullish USDA news have traders thinking twice?

    Seasoned traders will tell you: When a corn market fails to rally (as it did on Nov. 10) on a bullish headline, it's a market that may be headed for more downhill price action. I tend to concur....More
  • Nov 7, 2014
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    Can corn prices break out of their recent channel?

    Personally, unless something drastically changes, I think we trade between $3.40 and $3.90 from now through year-end. I feel we are slipping into a bit of vacuum, with very few headlines that have enough power to move the trade....More
  • Oct 31, 2014
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    Execute in the soybean market; reduce additional risk on the rally

    As a producer I continue to believe "best-of-practice" is to reduce additional risk on the rally. I now have 100% of our 2014 production priced and will be exclusively looking for ways to improve my basis levels or re-own existing sales in the weeks ahead....More
  • Oct 28, 2014
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    Price increases could impact crop insurance payments for 2014

    Even with projected record U.S. production of both corn and soybeans in 2014, the market prices of both crops have risen during the month of October. While the recent improvement in grain prices is generally good news to crop producers, it could be costly to farm operators that will likely qualify for 2014 crop insurance indemnity payments....More
  • Oct 28, 2014
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    Will corn prices increase as freezing temps approach? 2

    Corn pulled higher by soymeal spot demand/logistics as freezing temps are forecast to show up this weekend....More
  • Oct 17, 2014
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    Will weather in South American support soybean prices? 2

    Growth in supply has clearly outpaced growth in demand. It's going to take a little bit of time, but eventually I suspect the wrinkles get ironed out and prices start to stabilize (I just don't think we are there yet). Producers should remain patient, keeping all soybean hedges in place, and use any extended "geopolitical" or "weather" related rallies to reduce additional long-term risk....More
  • Oct 6, 2014
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    Lower crop prices may impact land rental rates 2

    Average rental rates for 2014 were as high as, or even higher than, 2013 land rental rates in most situations across the region. Farm operators and landlords are now beginning the process of negotiating land rental contracts for the 2015 crop year, and are trying to arrive at equitable rental rates....More
  • Oct 3, 2014
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    Soybean traders focus on South America 1

    Soybean traders are monitoring what most consider to be only a "short-covering" rally. The "technical" guru's will want to see this market first close above $9.30, then perhaps even above $9.55 before they give more serious consideration to a game-changing trend or major reversal. From my perspective the current change in water-level (price) is simply the bears getting in and out of the hot-tub....More
  • Sep 30, 2014
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    Market surprise from grain stocks report?

    USDA released their September quarterly stocks report and the markets are lower across the board. No real surprises in my opinion! Some of you however might be surprised when you see the soybean market lower on sub-100 million ending stocks numbers....More

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