Welcome to CVA Grain Exchange podcast. This is your host Luke Beckman, Grain Sales Manager for CVA. During this podcast, we dissect the latest USDA updates and discuss other key market features. Every month you will hear from different members of the CVA Grain Team on what trends we are seeing in the market place and solutions to current marketing challenges. If you are listening on Apple Podcasts, don't forget to click the SUBSCRIBE button to make sure you are notified when a new episode is released. On Spotify, click the FOLLOW button, and on SoundCloud click the LIKE button. Want to be the first to listen? Click here to sign up for our Grain Email list today.


Luke Beckman

CVA Grain Exchange Host, Luke Beckman, is the Grain Sales Manager for Central Valley Ag, responsible for leading CVA’s grain origination team. He started with CVA in 2011 as a Risk Management Consultant and has lead various origination and risk management groups for CVA since 2014. Luke is part of CVA’s Grain Advisor group, responsible for pricing decisions for CVA’s managed bushel program. He graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2011 with degrees in Ag Economics and Agronomy. While attending college, Luke held a grain internship with the Scoular Company and also secured his Series 3 and 30 brokerage licenses. He is a native of Elgin, Nebraska where he grew up on the family farm consisting of irrigated corn, soybeans, and market hogs. Luke is still an active member of the farm today along with his wife Ashley and daughters Eleanor and Kate.

Episode 28 | How Can I Sell New Crop When It's This Dry? Listen in as Rachel Steffen talks through the acreage thoughts in her area and also addresses how producers can be proactive sellers even when production is in doubt

Central Valley Ag · 4.8.22 Grain Exchange | Episode 28
Episode 27 | Listen in as CVA Grain Specialist Chad Rebbe shares his thoughts on the surprising March 31st reports. Will soybean acres really be higher than corn this spring? And, what 3 things should be on your pre-plant marketing checklist? We cover it all in Episode #27!

Episode 25 | Nick Fitzgerald with Advance Trading joins Luke as they talk about some big picture things happening in our markets. They also breakdown why basis has been so strong and Nick provides 3 things to be thinking about as you wrap up 2021.

Episode 24 | Join Luke as he breaks down the latest supply and demand numbers from the November WASDE report. Will this change the recent trend in soybeans?

Episode 23 | Join Luke and Grain Specialist Caleb Pelster as they go over the main features of the October WASDE. Caleb shares his thoughts on where you should be on corn and soybean sales and offers a few strategies as well.

Episode 22 | Luke Beckman is joined today by Kevin Gonnerman, Risk Management Consultant at StoneX. Kevin provides an understanding of the September 30th report and explains the key fundamental aspects that you should know! We promise you will want to take notes from this episode of the CVA Grain Exchange!

Episode 21 | The USDA made several adjustments in their September WASDE Report that were largely expected going in. Listen in as Luke Beckman discusses the numbers as well as some things you should be doing right now with your marketing.

Episode 20 | Join us as Luke Beckman and Kalen Vandenberg discuss the August WASDE Report. They discuss a day in the life of a CVA Grain Merchandiser and get Kalen's takeaways from the August yield cuts.

Episode 19 | Join us as Luke Beckman and Grain Specialist, Ross Schindler, discuss the July WASDE report. When will USDA update their yield forecasts and what should you be doing with remaining old crop inventory? Click here to listen in!

Episode 18 | Jason Meyer, Hinton Grain Specialist, joins Luke Beckman to discuss the June 30th USDA Report. Listen Now as Luke and Jason dissect the highs and lows from this report and talk about what growers can do to prepare for the July 12th report.

Episode 17 | Today Luke Beckman is joined by Mandy Jackson. Together they dig into the June WASDE report as we move through some volatility in the grain markets this month. Mandy is a Grain Specialist based out of CVA’s Stromsburg, Nebraska location. They talk about why Mandy joined the Grain Team at CVA, how she ended up in Nebraska, and her advice on ways to minimize market risk.

Episode 16 | With markets high and decisions to make Luke Beckman and Rachel Steffen, CVA Grain Specialist in Laurel, discuss the thoughts that some growers might be having. Did you sell your corn and beans tooearly? Do you wait for even better prices? Listen now to the CVA Grain Exchange as they help you decide what your next steps should be in these unforeseen times! Luke and Rachel also talk about market psychology and some of the anxiety producers are facing with volatile markets.

Episode 15 | Susan Bostwick, CVA Grain Specialist in our Laurel location, meets with Luke Beckman to talk about the neutral April USDA report. Listen now to see how the report hit the mark.

Episode 14 | On this episode of CVA Grain Exchange, Lindsey Sabatka, CVA Grain Merchandiser, joins Luke Beckman to discuss this surprising report! They talk about the March 31st report, milo markets, and the #StandUp4GrainSafety Week.

Episode 13 | This week on CVA Grain Exchange we introduce the Senior Vice President of Grain, Jeff Bechard. Jeff and Luke discuss the unchanged report from last month and what they are encouraging all growers to do.

Episode 12 |  Reed Stolpe, CVA Grain Specialist, joins Luke Beckman to discuss the February WASDE report. Listen Now as they discuss the quiet USDA report and whether the markets can hold on to bullish momentum.

Episode 11 |  The first USDA report of 2021 was full of surprises. Listen now as Luke Beckman and Doug Lewis, CVA Tamora Grain Specialist, discuss the unexpected information.

Episode 10 |  In the December WASDE report, Luke Beckman and CVA Grain Specialist Maxine Goelz discuss the neutral report and opportunities you might have before Christmas morning. Listen now!

Episode 9 |  Commodities ascend to new heights as carryouts continue to tighten in the November Supply and Demand report. Casey Potter, SVP of Grain, joins us to discuss what lies ahead? How does a new president-elect impact the story? Listen now!

Episode 8 |  Caleb Pelster, Grain Specialist in Elgin, joins Luke to discuss the October WASDE report. Listen to their take on what is effecting this report and how they would start to plan for 2021.

Episode 7 | Bullish Surprise Luke Beckman is joined by Aaron DeSmith, CVA Senior Grain Merchandising Manager to discuss the September Stocks report.

Episode 6 | Luke Beckman sits down with James Droescher, CVA Grain Specialist out of the Humphrey Location, to talk about the September 11th USDA Report. They talk about the neutral report with a favorable reaction from soybeans. Is opportunity knocking?

Episode 5 | Luke Beckman and Tom Ritzdorf, CVA Grain Specialist out of Bradshaw, NE take a deep dive into the numbers of the August WASDE report and how offers can be a value in a grain marketing plan. 

Episode 4 | Luke Beckman and Eric Leisy, CVA Grain Specialist out of Oakland, NE discuss the July WASDE Report and talk about the CVA Honors Program! Listen Now for more information!

Episode 3 | Luke Beckman brings in Kelby Vandenberg, Senior Grain Merchandiser, to discuss their takeaways from the June 30th- USDA Report. Listen Now as they give insight on when a producer should make a sale and their opinion on the price direction over the next 14 days.

Episode 2 | Welcome to Episode 2 of The CVA Grain Exchange! In this month’s episode, Host Luke Beckman sits down with CVA Grain Specialist, Russ Thede, as they discuss the June WASDE Report. During this episode you will find out the three things you need to be on the look for leading up to June 30th.

Episode 1 | Welcome to Episode 1 of The CVA Grain Exchange! In this month’s episode, Host Luke Beckman sits down with CVA Grain Specialist, Jason Meyer. They breakdown the May USDA Supply and Demand Report. Jason shares his key takeaways from the report and where the markets may go in the next month.



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