Grain Markets: Africa, Asian Locusts Will Have Major Impact on Global Production – DTN Jun 19, 2020

🕔Jun 19, 2020
About 3,500 years ago, as listed in the book of Exodus, the following 10 plagues hit Egypt: 1) water turning to blood, 2) frogs, 3) lice, 4) flies, 5) livestock […]

Grain Markets: What Can We Learn from Negative Oil Futures? – DTN Apr 24, 2020

🕔Apr 24, 2020
At some point on the morning of Monday, April 20, I noticed that front-month crude oil futures were worth about $4 per barrel. “Shockingly low,” I thought. “Crude oil will […]

Supply Chains: Winter of Discontent – DTN Feb 28, 2020

🕔Feb 28, 2020
Imagine you are a freight provider — a trucker, say — and the demand for your services is so poor that the market’s freight rates have not only dropped to […]

Coronavirus Prompts Ag Market Recalibration, But For How Long? – DTN Jan 30, 2020

🕔Jan 30, 2020
When the calendar year 2020 started and people across Asia began to anticipate the Lunar New Year celebrations marking the start of a zodiac “year of the rat,” there wasn’t […]

Corn: Why Are Harvested Acres Always Predictably Lower Than Planted? – DTN Jan 17, 2020

🕔Jan 17, 2020
There are many unanswerable questions and unknowable answers in this business, so I feel a special sort of relief when someone asks me a question that actually has a straightforward […]

Comparing 2020 Ag to the “Roaring ’20s” – Similarities, Stark Differences – DTN Jan 3, 2020

🕔Jan 3, 2020
An American farmer from Jan. 1, 1920, and a farmer from Jan. 1, 2020, would hardly recognize each other, their operations having changed so profoundly in the past 100 years. […]

Corn Basis: Hot Spots, Cold Spots And Maybe Opportunities – DTN Dec 19, 2019

🕔Dec 19, 2019
Countryside corn basis is pretty strong everywhere this December — as a U.S. nationwide average, corn basis bids are about 15 cents stronger than they were at this time last […]

Grain Buyers Pushed To The Edge In Parts Of Corn Belt – DTN Dec 5, 2019

🕔Dec 5, 2019
Farmers have had a hard time in 2019. From late, wet and sometimes outright-prevented planting in the spring, to the late, wet harvest and profit-eroding drying expenses this fall, their […]

Palm Oil Market Up — But Will That Matter With Soybeans? – DTN Nov 22, 2019

🕔Nov 22, 2019
Producers of agricultural commodities like it when prices go up. Therefore, there must be some happy producers halfway across the globe in Indonesia and Malaysia, where most of the world’s […]

Corn: High Moisture Widely Offsets Bullish Basis Hopes – DTN Nov 8, 2019

🕔Nov 8, 2019
Any complex, multi-stage process will have some bottleneck. For row-crop harvest, sometimes the bottleneck is at the elevator where trucks get stuck in long lines waiting for the dump to […]

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