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Blind as a Bat

Published on Monday, January 14, 2019

My kids have begun teasing me in the last year that my arms aren't long enough - small print seemed to have gotten smaller in 2018.  There is an old expression that speaks of the condition...blind as a bat.  That also describes the condition of the market without the flow of key report data for the market to evaluate.  Now that we have passed the planned release date of the January ...

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Corn Stuck in a Range

Published on Monday, January 7, 2019

If you've been watching the corn market as of late, well, as the saying goes, "it's like watching paint dry."  The corn market has been anything but exciting in the later half of 2018 and into the start of 2019.  Typically the January WASDE report adds a little excitement to kick off the year, but with the government in shut down mode, they will not be releasing the previously scheduled ...

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South American Weather Update

Published on Monday, December 31, 2018

Soybeans have not only been the headline maker in agricultural media, but they've also been a highlighted discussion point in business and international news outlets as well.  Chinese activity in the US soybean market is the clearest barometer of relations between the two countries and their purchases have been viewed as a meaningful goodwill gesture.  Over the weekend, President Trump t...

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Ethanol Margins Compressed

Published on Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Recent headlines surrounding ethanol plant profitability have not been the most positive in terms of the profitability that is being experienced at the plant level.  Reuters last week reported the idling of 45 Million gallons of production capacity at a plant in Aurora, NE. Others plants are rumored to be considering the same action.  When viewing spot ethanol margins, their decisions ar...

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Corn Demand...an Offset to Soybeans

Published on Monday, December 17, 2018

While perhaps the biggest news for soybeans was the tweet (below) that came out regarding the 2nd payment for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), we again turn our attention to the lack of news regarding demand.  The Chinese have agreed to purchase a token amount to show good faith towards a potential future deal on tariffs.  However, the near two million metric tons of volume does no...

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