News & Publications

News & Publications

February 20, 2024 | Brian Basting

How reliable are price predictions?

How reliable are price predictions?

The 2024 U.S. growing season is likely to bring surprises and opportunities. A review of the corn market since 2004 reveals how quickly price perception and trends can change, emphasizing …

February 13, 2024 | Larry Shonkwiler

Is USDA downplaying Argentine crops?

Is USDA downplaying Argentine crops?

The latest crop reports from Conab and the USDA provide valuable insights into the current state of global corn, soybean and wheat production. Corn First, Conab reduced the Brazil crop …

February 6, 2024 | Brady Huck

Seize the opportunity in market volatility

Seize the opportunity in market volatility

What a great time to be in the cattle business! The feeder cattle index lifetime-high trade is $254.10 and currently you can protect nearly a $20 premium to that for …

January 31, 2024 | Brian Basting and Cesar Cruz

Where are the holes in your safety net?

Where are the holes in your safety net?

As we approach the Feb.1 start for the period when projected prices for 2024 crop insurance will be established, we’re watching several factors that can impact current predictions of lower …

January 23, 2024 | JJ Keske

What happens if there's no soybean rally?

What happens if there's no soybean rally?

Agricultural markets have not been a fun topic over the last several months. A year ago, we saw December 2023 futures just below $6 and November 2023 futures right around …

January 16, 2024 | Larry Shonkwiler

Hope for the bull, prepare for the bear

Hope for the bull, prepare for the bear

On Jan. 12, USDA released a series of reports revealing January production, stocks, and supply-demand. For corn, December 1 corn stocks surpassed expectations, standing at 156 million bushels greater than …

January 9, 2024 | Justin Aeder

Manage market risk with a written plan

Manage market risk with a written plan

Happy New Year everyone! As I sit here and write this article, I do so with a bit of a smirk on my face.  Every year at this time, people …

December 27, 2023 | Brian Basting

Manage market carry costs

Manage market carry costs

Futures prices offered for 2024 delivery are not guaranteed to be at today’s level as the crop year proceeds. However, market erosion is possible if no major supply or demand …

December 19, 2023 | Kent Stutzman

Implement a strategy to control price volatility

Implement a strategy to control price volatility

The 2023 calendar year is ending, but for many, marketing decisions still need to be made for the 2023 crop. Additionally, we must start planning for the 2024 crops. Let’s …

December 12, 2023 | Conner Bridgman

Is a weather market the best time to make marketing decisions?

Is a weather market the best time to make marketing decisions?

Weather markets. The term gets thrown around often in the grains and farming world. We were in a weather market this summer and a lot of folks would say we’re …