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RSS By: Kevin McNew, AgWeb.com

Kevin McNew is President of Grain Hedge and Geograin. McNew was raised on a farm in central Oklahoma and received his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from North Carolina State University. For over a decade, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland and Montana State University, focusing on commodity markets. He has received numerous academic awards for his research and outreach work, and was (and still is) widely regarded for boiling down complex economic issues into easy-to-understand concepts for applied life.

 

Store Your Crop or Not?

Sep 24, 2009

Good weather and ample crops have turned $5 corn into $3 corn and $11 beans into $9 beans over the last few months. With harvest approaching, farmers may be tempted to shove that grain in the bin and hope for higher prices to return.

 

However, whether you store grain or sell it at harvest should be largely dictated by forward carry returns, and not your bias towards higher prices. The better way to bet on higher prices is with call options, not your grain in the bin – options are a cheaper and safer play.

 

So, what is the market offering for forward carry? An examination of cash markets around the country shows a wide disparity in the returns to storage. Clearly though, the market is rewarding corn storage versus soybeans. On average across all US cash markets, the price incentive to store corn to January is 11 cents a bushel versus 8 cents for soybeans. Beyond January, it becomes even less favorable towards bean storage which reflects pressure from South America.

 

Cash Corn Price Spreads from October, Cents Per Bushel

State

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

IA

-2.4

1.4

5.2

4.5

11.2

12.9

18.3

IL

-0.8

8.0

12.1

13.3

17.2

24.0

25.1

IN

-1.0

8.4

14.2

14.4

18.6

23.4

26.7

KS

-0.2

4.0

9.5

11.1

14.7

13.4

29.4

MN

-0.3

5.7

10.7

13.1

15.1

18.2

20.9

MO

0.2

5.5

13.2

16.1

18.1

23.6

25.8

ND

1.2

8.8

17.6

18.8

19.9

23.3

21.1

NE

-0.3

3.5

7.9

10.3

13.6

18.3

21.9

OH

0.0

11.0

17.9

21.0

23.8

30.3

33.8

SD

-3.1

1.4

7.9

11.2

14.9

15.4

22.0

WI

-2.3

-0.8

1.1

2.7

8.1

15.3

19.1

 

Cash Soybean Price Spreads from October, Cents Per Bushel

State

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

IA

1.1

2.5

0.8

-4.0

1.4

-2.3

-2.9

IL

1.4

17.9

16.1

11.2

7.6

-4.5

-4.5

IN

0.9

13.1

14.7

15.3

14.9

10.6

13.0

KS

0.0

0.0

3.4

-5.0

-3.8

-11.0

-11.0

MN

1.8

6.8

6.8

5.2

-0.2

-5.4

-3.3

MO

0.2

-0.9

8.0

12.0

3.6

3.3

4.0

ND

5.1

15.3

21.4

14.2

14.2

2.8

2.8

NE

0.1

0.2

1.9

-4.2

-2.6

-6.5

-8.0

OH

0.5

9.7

11.9

10.4

15.0

2.9

5.3

SD

0.2

10.9

14.4

11.5

8.6

6.2

5.4

WI

0.1

-4.7

-11.4

-22.4

-16.0

-22.7

-22.0

 

In the cash market this week, corn basis was mostly unchanged, but areas in the South saw a slightly higher basis as Gulf basis improved by 5 cents a bushel.

 

 

Soybean basis was sharply lower for the week, although some areas continue to have sporadic strength as processor needs dictate.

 

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