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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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A New Year on the Horizon

Published on Monday, December 10, 2018

Being a runner, I'm competitive.  While I've always enjoyed running for all the obvious benefits, I've also enjoyed competing against others and myself.  This spring, I reluctantly joined a running group of athletes that primarily competes in marathons, ultra marathons and Iron-man competitions.  I knew they would challenge me and I wouldn't always win.  Knowing that I wanted t...

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Deal or No Deal

Published on Monday, December 3, 2018

The market went into the weekend with all eyes on the G20 summit taking place in Buenos Aires and the dinner meeting that would take place between President Trump and President Xi of China.  While nothing has been formally agreed on, the "agreement" that came out of that dinner meeting was a ceasefire on additional tariffs, a Chinese commitment to quickly buy U.S. agricultural and energy prod...

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Energy Markets

Published on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

After seven straight weeks of losses, crude oil found support in Monday's trade.  However, given the reductions that OPEC nations have agreed to, the existing oversupply may now start to become manageable in future months, even as the US continues to expand its production.  While it is being billed as a reduction, the allowable volume of production captured in this "agreement" is the exa...

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