News & Publications

News & Publications

June 18, 2024 | Brian Basting, COMMODITY RESEARCH ANALYST

Plan for Grain Market Volatility

Plan for Grain Market Volatility

Price volatility in the new-crop corn market has surged lately, driven by uncertainty surrounding U.S. production levels. As the market becomes more unpredictable, implementing an effective risk management plan becomes …

June 13, 2024 | Brady Huck, Ag Risk Management Advisor

Swing Wide Sweet Wheat

Swing Wide Sweet Wheat

Ag Marketing IQ: Few take the harvest home when wheat prices hit the top. The long-term winning game lies in defining risk and evaluating the cost of ownership. After being the …

June 4, 2024 | César Cruz, Director of Research

How much of Brazil’s grain production washed away?

How much of Brazil’s grain production washed away?

Unprecedented rains affected Rio Grande do Sul (RS), the southernmost state in Brazil, in April and May, and have already caused losses in 96% of the municipalities in the state (475 …

May 29, 2024 | JJ Keske, Ag Risk Management Advisor

Grain markets don’t close for planting

Grain markets don’t close for planting

This planting season has not been easy on many. April was wet across the Corn Belt, not allowing farmers to plant the crop as early as they preferred. Weather delays …

May 25, 2024 | Jared White, Brownfield Ag

South American Production Questions Linger

South American Production Questions Linger

Brian Basting, with Advance Trading in Bloomington, Illinois, says Argentina’s corn crop is having issues. “Corn Leaf Hopper is transmitting this corn stunt disease, and that’s really hit the corn.” …

May 21, 2024 | Dr. Larry Shonkwiler, Senior agricultural economist

Is Conab or USDA right about grain production in Brazil?

Is Conab or USDA right about grain production in Brazil?

The USDA Crop Progress Report for the week ending May 19 brought some relief over the status of the U.S. corn planting pace and its potential impact on yield. The …

May 14, 2024 | Justin Aeder, Ag Risk Management Advisor

3 dumb marketing rules to live (or die?) by

3 dumb marketing rules to live (or die?) by

The local newspaper's sportswriter, a sports dad like me, recently wrote about all the dumb sayings that get said at baseball games. The article went on to list several of …

May 7, 2024 | Tom Barry, Ag Risk Management Advisor

Time to grab profit from grain markets: sell and protect

Time to grab profit from grain markets: sell and protect

Suppose you are a producer, an end user, or simply a speculator trying to navigate the commodity markets in what is turning out to be a less-than-predictable 2024. In that …

April 30, 2024 | John Payne, Ag Risk Management Advisor

Is a Bear in the Hog Market?

Is a Bear in the Hog Market?

With the world chasing meat substitutes, hog producers and processors alike may wish they owned the meat and not the animal. At least that’s the consensus at “Pork School,” a …

April 23, 2024 | Brian Basting, Commodity Research Analyst

Will Disease Stunt Argentina’s Corn Crop?

Will Disease Stunt Argentina’s Corn Crop?

Recent developments in Argentina's corn industry have sparked uncertainty as the discovery of corn stunt disease casts a shadow over production forecasts. Initially anticipated to yield large quantities, the impact …