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The Funds Return

Published on Monday, October 15, 2018

Last week's Commitment of Traders (COT) report revealed that large fund traders continued their exit of short positions in corn and soybeans in an effort to maintain a more neutral position heading into the fall and winter.  See COT Charts below.  As a review, the yellow line represents the net position held. The net position is a function of subtracting all short positions from all long...

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Seasonality.  What does it say?

Published on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

When some hear about seasonal tendencies, their mind moves towards planting, or weather, or harvest or more generally about ideas that surround the natural occurrences with a crop through the course of a calendar year.  We apply that same mode to markets and what often happens at different times of the year.  Seasonally, we come out of the winter doldrums, move through potential planting...

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A Deal is Struck

Published on Monday, October 1, 2018

On Sunday evening just before the midnight deadline, a new trilateral trade agreement between the U.S. and two of our largest trade partners was reached.  The U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement or USMCA for short, replaces the 24-year-old NAFTA agreement.  USMCA encompasses over 1 trillion dollars annually in trade between the three countries. Highlights include greater access for the U.S....

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Storing Soybeans

Published on Monday, September 24, 2018

It is a busy time for everyone these days, so we will keep our comments short and straight to the point.  Yield reports across the country point towards another very large crop.  Hoppers are full with what will most likely be the biggest yield in history.  And as we busy ourselves with the business of harvest, let us not lose sight of the business of good marketing. To that end, on...

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Corn & Soybeans....Technically Speaking

Published on Monday, September 17, 2018

A fair amount of time and energy are spent dissecting the fundamentals (raw supply and demand features such as yield, acres, exports, usage, etc.) of agricultural markets.  This time of the year especially, yield is all the chatter.  Conversations are dominated by this year's field performance vs. last year vs. the neighbor vs. the test plot, etc. etc... But that is not the entirety of ...

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