Marketing Roller Coaster


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


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?


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


  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


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


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!


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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Wheat Harvest Is Here!


Wheat harvest is finally under way in our Kansas territory. We’ve seen receipts start to flow in at each of our locations with the first being in the Clyde area at the beginning of last week. Coming into the summer, we were slightly concerned with wheat quality. With the way spring went and the rainfall […]

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How Wide is Your Marketing Window?

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It is Father’s Day as I sit down to write this blog, and I was lucky enough to be able to worship with my Dad this morning and take him out for lunch. I believe that because farm Fathers and their children generally work together, they build a very special relationship. One thing I did […]

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