Ag Export Projections For 2021: A Really Mixed Bag Nov 25, 2020

🕔Nov 25, 2020
On Monday, the USDA released its Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade, a quarterly report from the Department’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and Economic Research Service (ERS).  Today’s update includes highlights […]

Cornbelt: February Matters in Terms of Revenue-Based Crop Insurance – DTN Feb 23, 2018

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🕔Feb 23, 2018
The month of February is important for growers in the key Corn Belt states who purchase revenue-based crop insurance policies. It’s when the projected prices for those policies are set. […]

Grain Market: “Do Not Confuse Risk with Probabilities.” – DTN Dec 26, 2017

🕔Dec 26, 2017
In last week’s column, we talked about buying inexpensive put options as one way for grain producers to protect themselves from the risk of falling prices. We also mentioned how […]

Grain Market: “Most Bullish Start in Spot Soybeans Since 1997” – DTN May 31, 2016

🕔May 31, 2016
As we cross Memorial Day off the calendar and head into the growing season, 2016 has already distinguished itself with the most bullish start in spot soybeans since 1997. Riding […]

Commodity Fraud: Who’s Spoofing Who? Jan 8, 2016

🕔Jan 8, 2016
Two recent farmdoc daily articles (December 23, 2015 and December 30, 2015) plus two earlier farmdoc daily articles (May 6, 2015 and May 13, 2015) reviewed three cases of spoofing. […]

Trade: How Technology Changed Future Markets Nov 2, 2015

🕔Nov 2, 2015
During this month of October, we have read in the news several articles about trading in futures markets related to recent practices that are becoming increasingly prevalent. A US presidential […]

Cleveland on Cotton: Prices Hit Bottom, U.S. Market Should Rebound Sep 18, 2015

🕔Sep 18, 2015
A heavy hand hit the cotton market on the weekly close, forcing prices to the absolute bottom of the long term trading range, as December futures closed the week at […]

Floor Trades Coming to an End at Chicago Board of Trade – DTN Jun 24, 2015

🕔Jun 24, 2015
A corn plant in late June — whether it’s standing proudly in the sunshine or gasping for oxygen in the middle of a puddle — doesn’t know whether its hoped-for […]

Market: Two Spreads Worth Watching this Year – DTN Jun 2, 2015

🕔Jun 2, 2015
Trading futures spreads is serious business for some or a frivolous hobby for others as many are lured by the appeal of lower margin requirements and what they perceive as […]

Market Trading: Me vs. the Computer – DTN May 13, 2015

🕔May 13, 2015
Once the hubbub of USDA’s annual May crop report died down, I conducted a little experiment. I set out a stopwatch and timed how long it would take me, a […]

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