Keeping Your Glass Half Full

by Kelby Vandenberg

by Kelby Vandenberg

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 alma mater, Aquinas, take on our rival, Columbus Scotus on Friday night. Tailgating and watching the Mike Riley era officially begin on Saturday afternoon. Then cheer on Nebraska Wesleyan where I played football in college and where my younger brother currently plays. They took on a nationally ranked opponent. In addition to all of this, just enjoying the 3-day weekend. So, with all that in mind, I decided to wait and write this post after the weekend’s festivities.

Now it’s Monday afternoon, and I’m trying to write, wishing I would’ve knocked it out before I left the office on Friday. My mind is still distracted by the great weekend it was supposed to be. I did everything that I had planned to do. Unfortunately, success just wasn’t meant to be in some of those cases. Aquinas lost a close battle to Scotus and Nebraska suffered defeat to BYU in heartbreaking fashion. There were some positives, however. Saturday was a great day spent tailgating and catching up with friends. There are some good things from the Huskers that they need to focus and build on, Wesleyan got a big win against a ranked opponent, and I got to spend some time with all my siblings at Mom and Dad’s house.

There was similar anticipation and excitement leading up to the August 12th USDA report. A majority of people believed the report would reflect excessive rainfall having significant implications on yield and production. There was much anticipation that these implications would cause grain prices to work higher. Well, the 12th came, and the USDA estimates delivered a heavy blow to the markets. Most were left with feelings of helplessness and emptiness, wondering what just happened and how this could happen. I guess you could say it was a pretty similar feeling to what I experienced in Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.


It’s one of those things where you have to try and look at the glass half full, just like I tried to do reflecting on my weekend. Grain prices have obviously taken a major hit since August 12th and are at levels that no one is excited to sell. I know that times are tough, and a lot of uncertainty lies ahead, but try to be optimistic and focus on the positives. Be thankful for the growing conditions we’ve had and the potential crop that we have the opportunity to harvest. Understand that the USDA estimates are just that, estimates. We won’t really know what’s real until the combines start rolling through the fields. Work with our ProEdge team. They’ve got various pricing tools that give you different opportunities to try to enhance the price of your grain.