Keeping Your Glass Half Full

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I gave it a good effort to try and write this blog on Friday afternoon, but my mind just wasn’t having it. I couldn’t live up to Kurt’s expectations to write an insightful article. I was too anxious for everything I had in store for the weekend. I had plans of going to watch my […]

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Friday Night Lights

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I know this is a “grain” blog, and I promise if you stay with it to the end, it contains some “can’t miss” grain marketing insights. As I write this, the corn market appears to be trending lower, and beans appear to be chopping sideways in about a 15 cent range. My mom used to […]

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Marketing Roller Coaster

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In this week’s blog, I want to talk about the market’s recent price moves and what that does to us emotionally.  In the last month and a half, we have seen December corn trade from 3.6250 on June 16th to 4.5425 on July 14th and back down to 3.66 here on Monday, August 24th.  With […]

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Harvest Is Just Around the Corner

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It’s hard to believe that summer is just about over. Schools are back in full swing, and county fairs are almost wrapped up. Our crops are nearing their final stages of growth, and before we know it, harvest will be just around the corner.  Ready or not, here it comes. As the growing season comes […]

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Marketing Plans For All!

In many conversations I have with producers, they often tell me how much they enjoy farming and what goes with it. They enjoy planting the seed and raising the crop. Also enjoying the thrill of harvest, and the logistics that come with it. However, it seems many producers see marketing as their least favorite, or […]

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What Next?

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The last month and a half was a roller coaster in the markets to say the least. Ideas of a big 14/15 carryout, large production in the U.S. this coming year, near record production coming out of South America, and the U.S.’s inability to be competitive in the export markets gave funds good reason to […]

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Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

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  My guess is most people have heard the expression “Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth”, and know what it means. Quite simply a “gift horse” is a horse given as a gift. (I probably didn’t need my fancy Nebraska Wesleyan University degree to figure that out) A horse’s teeth are regarded as […]

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Updating Breakeven

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In this week’s blog, I want to stress the importance of knowing your breakeven and updating it throughout the growing season. This might sound simple, but it’s about knowing your operation and what it takes to grow the crop. I have been asking producers the past couple weeks, how has your production changed since putting […]

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Fundamental Shift

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It feels like there is so much to talk about with the 180-degree shift in fundamentals on June 30th after the release the USDA stocks report. Prior to the report, the primary focus of the market was managed money. It seemed the U.S. Dollar and oil had a major influence on grain, and the funds […]

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The Markets are in full swing!

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June has come to a close, and as we begin July we are experiencing a wild ride in the grain markets. December corn has rallied over $0.77 since the contract lows the middle of June. November soybeans have rallied over $1.44 since the middle of June. Both commodities have pulled back a little following the […]

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