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Cheap Corn Buys You More Marketing Time

September 21, 2013
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
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Grain prices are trending lower as harvest kicks off. Jerry Gulke provides advice for farmers with un-priced corn and soybeans.

Even though many fields were planted late this year, harvest has kicked off across the country.

While it is still early in the season, more than 100 farmers have submitted their corn yield reports to AgWeb’s Corn Harvest Map. The current national average is 157.7 bu./acre, and these reports encompass 60,000 acres. USDA’s September Crop Production report pegs the national corn yield average at 155.3 bu./acre.

As the harvest reports continue to trickle in, corn and soybean prices continue to decrease.

"Prices dropped like a rock this week," says Jerry Gulke, president of the Gulke Group. On Friday, December 2013 corn closed at $4.51.

"We are now a penny below the 80% level of $5.65, meaning anybody with a normal APH yield will get an indemnity payment. Having the price of grain drop so much makes for an easy decision."

Hear Gulke's full audio analysis:


Gulke says producers with a high level of crop insurance coverage should hold off on making any cash grain sales at current prices. "Go combine your corn and see where prices are at in a few weeks. Don’t make the big mistake and sell your crops at low prices, if you have an indemnity payment coming."

Sell Some Soybeans

For soybeans, on the other hand, Gulke says farmers should not write current prices off as "low."

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