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Washington, Weather, and Wealth

Published on Monday, June 11, 2018

For weeks, the market has been hanging on every word that has come from Washington.  Trade deals are off and on and off again about as frequently as a new Tweet hits the Twittersphere.  There can be no discount given to the significance of trade.  As deals have softened or soured, there has been little by way of consolation for markets. Weather has been equally disruptive to market...

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A Trend Violated

Published on Monday, June 4, 2018

News headlines have been bursting with chatter regarding ongoing discussions around trade.  There are more questions than answers and the market dips and jumps based upon the latest tweet or headline produced.  While trade and tariffs will likely remain a large part of our market movement, today we had a major technical event occur that could leave the corn market vulnerable to further w...

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Temps meet Trump

Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The day started on news of hot dry weather throughout the Midwest. Over the weekend, traders, no doubt, experienced first hand the heat that gripped the Corn Belt. With forecasts for hot, dry temps throughout the Southern Plains, it is easy to understand the growing concern of drought. See current Drought Monitor. Precipitation has been scarce in the western Dakotas as well as the ...

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Chinese Fireworks

Published on Monday, May 21, 2018

Since the Chinese are credited with the discovery of black powder and then later the invention of fireworks, it should come as no shock that news over the weekend of a coming trade deal with China caused a few explosions on Monday worthy of a few ooohs and aaahs.  President Trump fired off "Tweets" that stoked morning markets.  See Tweets below. While no specifics have yet to ...

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Feed Projections

Published on Monday, May 14, 2018

Last week, the USDA put forward their first look at the 2018/19 corn supply and demand projections.  In those numbers, of course, was the reduced acreage as pegged by the Planting Intentions report of March.  With 88 million acres (80.7 harvested) and a yield of 174, the USDA forecasts a crop of just over 14 billion bushels. Getting to the bottom line (ending stocks) of the balance sheet...

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