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  • Jul 28, 2015
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    Soybean price uncertainty

    U.S. weather and Argentine politics and China provide uncertainty for the soybean market. Soybean acres and yields will be debated in next USDA report....More
  • Jul 24, 2015
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    Weather uncertainty, production complications support corn prices 1

    Corn bulls are talking about more complications in Europe, continuing uncertainty in the eastern part of the Corn Belt, especially IL, IN and OH, and some recent arising heat and dryness concerns out in the western Corn Belt....More
  • Jul 21, 2015
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    Will soybeans see a late-inning price rally?

    Soybeans have given back a large portion of the late-June and early-July gains, but I still believe there is room for price appreciation to the upside. I also believe U.S. production still remains a major question mark and the uncertainty could certainly provide us another round of opportunity to reduce more price risk on a late-inning rally....More
  • Jul 17, 2015
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    Have corn yields stabilized?

    Corn bears are talking about improving U.S. weather forecasts, while the bulls are talking about all-time record heat readings being recorded in France and other parts of Europe. Bottom line: We remain lodged in a weather market, and do not need to keep repeating the same rhetoric....More
  • Jul 15, 2015
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    Take advantage of market rally

    We caught up with blogger and Farm Direction CEO Kevin Van Trump at a recent event. CSD Editor Kurt Lawton asked him about his perspective on corn and soybean markets in the coming month, and what farmers should be looking out for....More
  • Jul 14, 2015
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    Corn, soybean prices show strength following USDA reports

    The USDA supply and remand report released July 10 provided some fairly positive numbers for future corn and soybean prices. The report showed decreases in the projected ending stocks for corn in both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 marketing years. The report also verified the expectations for 2015 national corn and soybean yields in the U.S. to be below the record yield levels of 2014....More
  • Jul 14, 2015
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    Don't reduce soybean price risk just yet

    Deteriorating crop conditions and weather concerns in U.S. and India are supporting soybean prices right now. Add in prevented plant acres and Chinese demand, and theres more upside risk than downside, says Kevin Van Trump....More
  • Jul 10, 2015
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    USDA adjusts corn, soybean ending stocks; prices react

    USDA Lowers ending stocks for corn and beans, Corn and bean prices go higher as pipeline of grain shrinks, USDA lowers last years crop,...More
  • Jul 7, 2015
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    Will the USDA lower soybean yields in July supply and demand report?

    Soybean bears were happy to see overall soybean crop conditions left unchanged at 63% good/excellent. The bulls, however, are arguing there are still an estimated 14 million soybean acres at risk if you include all the unplanted acres (still over 3 million), those planted but not yet emerged, and those acres which are currently in poor/very poor condition....More
  • Jun 26, 2015
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    What's ahead of the USDA report for corn and soybeans?

    The soybean story has become much sexier than it was in late May and or early June. Not only is U.S. weather more of a concern, but there is also more talk that the USDA may have overestimated last years production. The corn bulls report too much moisture in many locations is causing shallow root systems and loss of nitrogen. The corn bears continue to talk about the possibility of the USDA delivering a couple of bearish blows in the form of increased planted acreage and record setting quarterly stocks....More
  • Jun 16, 2015
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    3 Factors pointing to less soybean acres

    As a producers, I believe the best-of-practice is to remain patient and keep all hedges in place. Yes, there could be some upside movement as thoughts about acres are readjusted, but I'm just not sure we can sustain much of a longer-term upside rally without some type of more negative headlines out of South America....More
  • Jun 9, 2015
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    Is the top end of corn yield already clipped?

    corn yields, wet conditions, weather...More
  • Jun 9, 2015
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    Low corn, soybean prices challenge farmers

    The consistently high cash price levels for corn and soybeans from 2011-2013 made grain marketing decisions pretty easy for many producers. By contrast, grain marketing decisions in 2014 and 2015 have become much more difficult, with continued declining prices that are sometimes below breakeven levels. The current scenario for grain prices makes it more important than ever for farm operators to have a solid grain marketing plan in place, which is part of an overall farm risk management strategy....More
  • May 29, 2015
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    Will stars align for higher corn prices?

    Corn bulls are happy to see both old-crop and new-crop prices hold technical support just above our previous harvest lows. In fact some tech guru's are starting to talk about a possible double-bottom now forming on the charts and corn prices moving back to higher ground. I understand their logic, but I'm not 100% onboard, especially when you start to consider the overall trade environment....More
  • May 26, 2015
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    Will on-farm storage be the Achilles heel for corn?

    Corn traders this afternoon will be digesting the latest weekly USDA crop-condition estimates. Most inside the trade believe at least 90% of the corn crop is now planted with a very large percentage actually emerged, both running ahead of schedule. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact 77% or more of the U.S. corn crop could be considered in good-to-excellent condition....More
  • May 22, 2015
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    Will the corn upside opportunity come later in the game?

    Corn exports remain stronger than many inside the trade had anticipated despite the strength in the U.S. dollar. Just keep in mind we will still more than likely export about 5% less corn than we did last year....More
  • May 12, 2015
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    Has the game changed for soybeans?

    Soybeans remain fundamentally bearish as U.S. planting is reported at 31% complete, and well ahead of the 5-year 20% average. As a producer I'm content on staying patient and waiting for a move back above $10.00. As a spec I like the sideline!...More
  • May 8, 2015
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    Can macro markets and U.S. dollar give soybean prices a bounce?

    Soybean traders seem to be keeping a close eye on the macro markets, particularly the direction of the U.S. dollar and the direction of crude oil. Market insiders continue to believe a weaker dollar and gains in crude oil will continue to add strength in the soybean market....More
  • May 1, 2015
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    How high can corn prices go without a weather story?

    There's never been a crop year yet that didn't start off without concerns surrounding weather. The problem is, as of right now this doesn't equate to facts the bulls can use to build a case against the bears. In the courtroom of trading, the "what ifs" surrounding weather are simply considered hearsay and not permissible as actual evidence....More
  • Apr 28, 2015
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    Are all the bearish cards out of the deck for soybeans?

    Soybean bears continue to think the slow planting pace of U.S. corn in the south and to the east will ultimately mean more soybean acres....More

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