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Grain TV is a daily recap after the market close, providing opinions on fundamental analysis of market direction, influences and expectations. This daily program is produced by Grain Hedge, a discount brokerage firm that provides farmers and elevators with agricultural intelligence including live market quotes, cash bid data, the Grain Hedge Optimizer™ and mobile trading platforms, all for $7 commission per side. Grain Hedge provides tools to allow farmers the ability to trade when the markets move without having to wait for a broker and the information to execute a marketing strategy with confidence.

Last Post: Mixed Export Inspections - 11/24/2014 5:44:00 PM

Marc Schober is the editor of Farmland Forecast an educational blog devoted to investments in agriculture and farmland.

Last Post: Farmers Fight Snow and Cold to Complete 2014 Harvest - 11/24/2014 4:00:00 PM

Timely and relevant topics on revenue management and insight to assist growers in all market conditions.  We help growers cut through the noise and make profitable decisions in their revenue management strategies.  AgYield advocates growers proactively building their plan every year.

Last Post: Intro to AgYield Revenue Corner - 11/24/2014 2:38:00 PM

Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining. 

Last Post: Thanksgiving Dinner: $35,000 - 11/24/2014 12:04:00 PM

You face risks as you cultivate crops and raise livestock. We’ll share tips, stories and recommendations to help you protect property and prevent costly losses on the farm. It's our Policy of Working Together®.

Last Post: Prepare yourself and your vehicle for winter - 11/24/2014 11:17:00 AM

Kristina grew up in a small farming community in southwest Iowa. Today, she lives on five acres in the country while running her own consulting business in the city.  Her website, www.kristinashouse.com, features cooking, traveling, working and other tips. In the kitchen, Kristina bridges the recipes of her past to the new flavors and fashionable foods of today. In business, she combines a Midwest work ethic with trendy tech tools.  Join her for flashbacks and fast-forwards. To contact her, e-mail: Kristina@kristinashouse.com.

Last Post: GIVEAWAY and Recipes - 11/24/2014 9:22:00 AM

Read the latest crop reports from the fields across America! Also, submit your own comments.

Last Post: November Crop Comments - 11/24/2014 9:19:00 AM

The Hueber Report is a grain marketing advisory service and brokerage firm that places the highest importance on risk management and profitable farming.

Last Post: Harder and harder to defend the bull story - 11/24/2014 8:42:00 AM

The Grain Hedge Team provides a macro-focused daily view of the world’s grain markets. Kevin McNew, President of Grain Hedge and GeoGrain, received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from North Carolina State University. He spent 10 years as a Professor of Economics with the University of Maryland and Montana State University focusing on commodity markets and is widely regarded for his ability to boil-down complex economic situations into easy-to-understand concepts for applied life. Cody Bills received his Business Administration degree, concentrating on finance, from the University of Vermont. Beginning his career as an analyst for a local investment firm, Cody’s insight and understanding of the grain markets has led to national publication as well as an invitation to host Grain TV daily and be a regular guest on AgWeb Radio.


Last Post: Grains Start off the Week Lower - 11/24/2014 8:19:00 AM

Paul is now part of the fourth generation in America that is involved in farming and hopes the next generation will be involved also. Through his blog he provides analysis and insight to farmer tax questions.

Last Post: Take Advantage of Low Rates! - 11/24/2014 7:54:00 AM

Paul Georgy serves as president/CEO of Allendale, Inc., a worldwide agricultural advisory and research firm that provides agricultural commodity price research and risk management alternatives for producers, major food companies, international corporations, foreign governments, and major news vendors.

Last Post: Quiet Markets as Holiday Nears - 11/24/2014 5:37:00 AM

Learn how to better manage your machinery investments from Greg Peterson, a.k.a. "Machinery Pete." He's been researching and analyzing machinery auction prices for more than 20 years.


Real Tractors with Rachel is all about tractors. Rachel Gingell talks about everything tractor related and a large part will be about tractor mechanics. You’ll be able to join Rachel in the shop and see what tractors she’s working on. Gain tips and techniques that could help you with your own restoration or rebuild project. In addition to tractor repair, Rachel will cover tractor shows, auctions, memorabilia and more.

Last Post: Tractors Run In My Family - 11/21/2014 4:04:00 PM

Bob Utterback has more than 26 years of experience and offers producers a disciplined approach to marketing.

Last Post: Look for Choppy Markets in Soybeans! - 11/21/2014 3:12:00 PM

Alan Brugler is the President of Brugler Marketing & Management, and the primary analyst and advisor.

Last Post: It's Always Something - 11/21/2014 2:37:00 PM

For nearly 30 years, Doug Austin has been studying the "art of observation" and filtering out the human truths. Whether digging for key consumer insights or preparing the next national retail promotion, it’s all about the ability to "hear and see" what others may not and asking the hard questions. Austin is the SVP of growth and innovation and leads product and brand innovation sessions for Marlin Network.

Brand Experience Includes: Miller Brewing Company, Coca Cola, PepsiCo, Rolling Rock, Labatt’s, Tyson Foods, J.M. Smucker Co., H.E.B., Wal-Mart, Safeway, Target, Giant Eagle, Frito-Lay, Von Dutch Fashions, Auntie Anne’s, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Uncle Ben’s, Freschetta, Red Baron, Tony’s, Asian Sensations, Nestle Professional, Canadian Beef Information Centre, Dean Foods.


Walsh Trading Commercial Hedging Service is dedicated to providing timely, relevant and quality information. Tim Hannagan, our Senior Grain Analyst provides a weekly Grain Report. Tim has been ranked the #1 grain analyst in the United States per Reuters and Bloomberg for his most accurate price predictions for soybeans and corn in the years 2011 and 2012. Additionally, Mike Bauer, our Senior Livestock Analyst and Ben DiCostanzo, our Senior Technical Analyst provide frequent insights into the Livestock market. Finally, Sean Lusk and John Weyer, Co-Directors of Walsh Commercial Hedging Services provide a variety of insights into the Grain markets. 

Last Post: The Grain Report by Tim Hannagan for November 21 - 11/21/2014 11:33:00 AM

As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster. Along with his In the Shop blog, Dan writes a column by the same name as well as the Shop Series for Farm Journal magazine. Always providing practical information, he is a master at tackling technical topics and making them easy for all of our readers to understand. He and his wife, Becky, live near Bouton, Iowa.

Last Post: Harvest Horror Stories - 11/20/2014 8:21:00 PM

Katie’s blog provides managerial input for farmers and business owners, drawing upon her experiences working with Brock Associates and helping manage her own farm business.  

Last Post: Don't Count on a Miracle - 11/20/2014 6:19:00 PM

Dean is Chairman Emeritus of 'Truth About Trade & Technology, a nonprofit advocacy group led by a volunteer board of American farmers.


Janzen Ag Law is a blog written by Todd Janzen, former Kansas farmer now practicing attorney in Indiana. Topics include all types of legal questions facing modern farmers and agribusinesses, including contracts, environmental regulations, nuisance, big data and privacy concerns, as well as other issues. His email is tjanzen@psrb.com. He tweets from @JanzenLaw. His regular blog columns can also be found at JanzenAgLaw.com.

Last Post: A Closer Look at Who Owns Farm Data - 11/18/2014 8:02:00 PM

John Dillard grew up on a beef cattle farm and now works as an agricultural and environmental litigation attorney with OFW Law. His blog analyzes legal issues and court decisions that affect America’s farmers and ranchers.




Last Post: NTSB Overturns Key Drone Decision - 11/18/2014 2:29:00 PM

A cartoonish look at life...

Last Post: Home For The Holidays...again. - 11/18/2014 9:53:00 AM

Our family farming history began with my great-great-... (nine generations ago) grandfather Johannes. He, his wife and three children left Saxony, Germany, on April 20, 1734, aboard the ship St. Andrew, mastered by Capt. John Stedman. They landed at Philadelphia on Sept. 22 and eventually settled our family’s first "New World" farm near Society Run in Frederick Township, Montgomery County, Pa., in 1743. Pig farming was our family’s specialty until the mid 1950s. A lot has changed since then. Our BQA cow–calf operation includes 100% grass-fed registered Red Angus, Hereford and purebred Beefalo; 30 to 35 pastured Duroc and Spot pigs; 100 Freedom Ranger broilers; and 90 Golden Comet and Buff Orpington layers. We organically maintain 80 acres, comprising 15 acres in rotational pastures, 15 acres in tillable cropland, and alfalfa/mixed grass hay on the balance. We have never used chemical pesticides or herbicides on our pastures or hay fields. We are not a "certified" organic farming operation, but we prefer the natural/organic approach to help promote sustainability.

Last Post: Here it comes AGAIN - 11/16/2014 7:46:00 PM

Mike Walsten has covered major business trends in agriculture for more than 40 years.


Ted is the Chief Market Strategist and Vice President in charge of the Zaner Ag Hedge Group and specializes in agricultural hedging employing various strategies using futures, futures spreads, outright options and option combinations. He believes it is paramount to be able to use different strategies to adapt to market conditions. Ted works with large to mid size grain and livestock producers and end users in North, Central and South America.

Last Post: Corn Makes new Highs on Heavy Volume - 11/13/2014 2:49:00 PM

Joseph Vaclavik is the president at Standard Grain in Chicago. Standard Grain provides futures and options brokerage to farms, feedlots, elevators, processors, end-users and traders. Visit www.standardgrain.com for more information.


Last Post: Video: Tuesday 11/11 Grain Comments - 11/11/2014 2:17:00 PM

Howard Tyllas is currently a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as a floor broker and as a Commodity Trading Advisor.

Last Post: WASDE Report for 11/10/14 - 11/10/2014 11:35:00 AM

Rick Lundquist is an independent nutrition and management consultant based in Duluth, Minn. He provides livestock production advice.

Last Post: Dry Cows: Fat ‘n’ Happy vs. Lean ‘n’ Mean - 11/6/2014 2:30:00 PM

Sara is the Director of Sustainability & Supply-Chain Solutions for Vela Environmental, a division of Kennedy and Coe, LLC where she leads the firm's Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) On-Demand Services.  This blog explores the topic of agricultural sustainability.  Follow Sara on Twitter: @SustainAgViews expressed are solely those of Sara Harper.

Last Post: Weekly Sustainability News Roundup - 11/5/2014 1:56:00 PM

Technology editor Ben Potter brings you the latest in technology news, and how you can apply it to farming.



Kevin Van Trump has over 20 years of experience in the grain and livestock industry.


Coverage of the World Food Prize and Borlaug Symposium, by the student journalists of the University of Missouri.

Last Post: Who’s Who at the World Food Prize - 10/22/2014 10:03:00 AM

A closer look at how dairies are using sustainable practices that are not only economically viable but based on science, common sense and respect for the world around them.

Last Post: Caring Begins on the FARM - 10/20/2014 3:14:00 PM

Insurance tools have become an integral part of managing your farming operation. Stay current on insurance tools and how to incorporate them with your current risk management strategies to market your grains throughout the year.

Last Post: Protecting Your Insurance Indemnity - 10/16/2014 8:15:00 AM

Dustin works with a wide net of large producers throughout the Midwest. His analytical market approach and objective hedge strategy development is specific to the needs of every individual.

Last Post: Friendly report leads to a market selloff - 10/10/2014 3:48:00 PM

Welcome to your one-stop source for wheat information, where wheat producers across the country communicate with each other and provide up-to-date information about their crop.

Last Post: Wheat Crop Comments - 9/17/2014 9:28:00 PM

This blog focuses on making complex and difficult topics in estate and business planning understandable and applicable to the reader.


Last Post: Estate Taxes - What a Difference a State Makes! - 9/15/2014 12:50:00 PM

Heritage Iron Magazine was founded in 2008 in order to fill a need for those interested in muscle tractors. Heritage Iron features all brands, all makes, and all models of muscle tractors from the 1960’s to mid 1980’s including the equipment used by the tractors. Each issue highlights a featured tractor and presents a detailed account of the tractor, its attributes, its history, and its owner. Other regular features in the magazine are machinery milestones, letters to the editor, equipment and company history, classified ads, auction results, an editor’s page, farm toys, literature and memorabilia.

Last Post: How Much Is Your Tractor Worth? - 8/22/2014 8:15:00 AM

John Block has dedicated his professional career to the fields of agriculture, food and health.

Last Post: To Salt or Not? - 8/20/2014 12:55:00 PM

Marketing Strategy


Check back on this blog for information about the event as well as reports from Corn College.

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Covering all things agriculture; high-brow, low-brow and all points in between.

Last Post: Farmland and cults a nasty mix - 7/8/2014 4:40:00 AM

Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert for the Farm Journal Legacy Project.  He hosts the nationally-televised ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, facilitates an ongoing series of workshops for farm families across the U.S., and is the author of Legacy by Design: Succession Planning for Agribusiness Owners.

Last Post: Commit to Success - 6/25/2014 5:11:00 AM

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is an independent, nonprofit institute headquartered in Ardmore, Okla. Founded in 1945, the Noble Foundation conducts direct operations, including assisting farmers and ranchers, and conducting plant science research and agricultural programs, to enhance agricultural productivity regionally, nationally and internationally. www.noble.org

Last Post: Off-season bull management aids breeding success - 6/16/2014 10:01:00 AM

Have your agronomic questions answered by a Farm Journal agronomist. E-mail us directly at TestPlots@FarmJournal.com, and we’ll respond on this blog to provide an interactive dialogue.

Last Post: Will dry soil impact my soil pH reading? - 5/22/2014 3:40:00 AM

Jamey Kohake offers expert marketing advice and analysis to help you grow and strengthen your operation. For more than 15 years, Jamey has advised grain and livestock producers on price trends, cash grain analysis and marketing strategies. His technical and fundamental analysis is highly regarded and can be heard on several national radio programs and seen in multiple print publications. To visit with Jamey, please e-mail Jamey.Kohake@myparagonmail.com or call 785-338-4111.

Last Post: Bin Buster Crop On The Way? - 4/25/2014 9:22:00 AM

Enjoy some good one-liners and bits from your favorite late-night comedians.

Last Post: Silly Government - 4/3/2014 9:29:00 AM

We trade what you grow!


Last Post: Back to Basis - 3/7/2014 2:34:00 PM

The Livestock Today blog is your place to learn the latest production news for the livestock industry.

Last Post: Caught on Camera - 2/7/2014 4:47:00 AM

Greg Wagner is president of GWX – Ag Advisors. For over 25 years, he has specialized in advising agricultural producers and end-users on marketing and risk management decisions. GWX Ag Advisors integrates fundamental and technical analysis, combined with experienced historic perspectives of agricultural markets in the decision-making process.


Last Post: Marketing Behind The 8 Ball - 11/22/2013 2:30:00 AM

The AgriTalk broadcast is done for today, but the conversation continues. AgriTalk host Mike Adams shares his thoughts and opinions on the news of the week and invites your feedback.

Last Post: Congress Takes a Break... From Doing What? - 11/1/2013 9:00:00 AM

The Syngenta Field Report features information and experts from Syngenta sharing observations about issues growers are dealing with in the fields.


Matt's primary interest is in the biotech industry and ag policy.

Last Post: I, Chicken? - 7/19/2013 6:59:00 AM

Get expert agronomic advice from local Channel Seedsmen anytime, anywhere at AgWeb's Seeds of Success section. Issues include weed management, corn root worm, handling drought conditions and much more.


Chris BarronHave a margins question? Through this blog, you will gain insight into improving your bottom line, as a margins expert answers questions and provides farm business advice.



Even at an early age, Cheryl Day was a passionate and practical advocate for agriculture. Check out her viewpoint on current agricultural topics.

Last Post: No Meat in School - 5/3/2013 2:17:00 PM

This lean hog and feed commentary contains thoughts from Jeremy Knutson, a commodity broker with Hurley & Associates.

Last Post: 02/13/13 - Hog Margin Management In Volatile Times - 2/13/2013 9:21:00 AM

Follow Kip Cullers, a Purdy, Mo., farmer known for his bin-busting soybean yields, Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie and Farm Journal Machinery Editor Margy Fischer as they travel to Brazil to learn more about the country's soybean production.

Last Post: A $1 Million Cow - 2/7/2013 6:55:00 AM

Andy is a seasoned grain market analyst and the senior account executive at Walsh Hedging. His main focus is assisting producers and end users to better hedge their investments through his various market strategies over his years of experience working on the grain floor.

Last Post: Walsh Commercial Hedging 12/19/2012 - 12/19/2012 10:04:00 AM

Joe Victor is a Business Development Specialist with Minneapolis Grain Exchange, Inc., where he monitors cash grain activity and cash grain opportunities. He provides marketing advice through this blog.


Jeanne, Top Producer Editor, grew up on a beef cattle operation in Southwest Missouri and now writes from the heart of corn country in Eastern Iowa.

Last Post: A Finalist, But Not The Winner - 12/7/2012 7:31:00 AM

"Beltway Beef" serves as a sounding board for the U.S. beef industry for decisions being made in Washington, D.C., that directly impact the cattle business. Posts on "Beltway Beef" are produced by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association staff and invited guests.

Last Post: Study’s Anti-Grazing Myths Debunked - 12/3/2012 3:21:00 AM

North American Trading & Logistics (NATL, natlcommodities.com) focuses on market timing, forward buying and formula pricing of cash commodities, and provides clients with strategies that effectively convert inventory and commodity volatility into increased savings and earnings. NATL's blog is intended to provide insight regarding cash/agricultural commodities, such as beef, poultry, pork, corn and cooking oil, and related topics, such as industry trends and market conditions. We welcome your feedback!

Last Post: Corn Crops, Consumption and Cost - 9/28/2012 12:33:00 PM

Barn Buzz is the place to read about everything social media or advocacy. Get real time updates from Anna-Lisa by following her on Twitter, or subscribing to her on Facebook.


Last Post: Death of a Corn Crop - 7/5/2012 8:48:00 AM

Jonathan is an emergency management coordinator with a passion for all things weather. He currently lives in south-central Pennsylvania with his wife and son.

Last Post: Trouble in the Tropics - 6/23/2012 8:50:00 AM

Justin is the Vice President of KIS Futures., an independent brokerage located in Oklahoma City. He focuses on agriculture and energy price risk management. Justin has been featured in agriculture trade publications, regional radio shows, and national newspapers.

Last Post: Post-Spain Bailout versus USDA Reports - 6/11/2012 5:27:00 AM

Chris Galen is the Senior Vice President of Communications for the National Milk Producers Federation .

Last Post: Genes that Aren't Blue - 5/7/2012 8:40:00 AM

Dan Goehl, DVM, and his wife own and operate Canton Veterinary Clinic in Canton, MO, where Dan works primarily with stocker and cow/calf beef operations.

Last Post: "Meatless Monday" Moves into Rural Schools - 3/19/2012 4:13:00 AM

Welcome to the Southern View blog featuring fresh information about grains and cotton production in Brazil, along with information about Argentina's and Paraguay's crops.

Last Post: Soybean Harvest in Brazil - 2/15/2012 7:01:00 AM

Pete is a 30 year veteran of agricultural markets, an agribusiness consultant, and the publisher of Opening Print.

Last Post: CME's $85 Million Christmas Gift. Bah, Humbug! - 11/29/2011 2:49:00 PM

AgWeb Editor Greg Vincent takes a big-picture look at agriculture and current events.

Last Post: Corn and Soybean Yields Rise Ahead of Thanksgiving - 11/23/2011 5:36:00 AM

Farm Journal's Pam Smith says between the lines of every article she writes are backstories. These interesting tidbits or incidents that happen along the way provide plenty of fodder to ruminate on. Yet, they often never make it to the pages of Farm Journal. This blog is designed to give a behind the scenes look at how some of our journalism efforts unfold.

Last Post: The Haunted Ear - 10/31/2011 8:57:00 AM

Located at the Chicago Board of Trade, Advantage Grain is a specialized division of MF Global focusing exclusively on the grain and livestock markets. Read their latest market commentary.

Last Post: Macro Risks Increase as Ag News Remains Slow... - 10/26/2011 2:33:00 AM

Through years of working with high net worth farm families, Josh has refined strategies to help owners achieve their succession goals.  As a Principal in Legacy by Design, Josh is dedicated to providing highly personalized succession solutions for farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness owners.  He is instrumental in furthering Legacy by Design's growth, by serving as a trainer and liaison for Legacy Certified Advisors(tm) throughout the U.S.

Last Post: "But I don't want to generate conflict." - 10/14/2011 4:54:00 AM

Ron was educated as a mathematics teacher, trained as a land use economist and has been involved with trading futures for more than 20 years.

Last Post: Economics - 8/15/2011 11:20:00 AM

Chore time for me isn't what it used to be when I was growing up on our eastern Iowa farm. In fact... I don't even have horse chores to do any more!

Last Post: Pro Farmer's Monday Morning Wake Up Call - 8/15/2011 3:35:00 AM

There is nothing better than living life on the ranch; a good workout on a horse, the sunrise over green pastures and working with cattle on a daily basis. Ranch life is hard work but totally worth it. Days spent on the ranch give me a lot of time to ruminate over current issues, new production methods, and hot topics in agriculture.  Read this blog for the latest Ranch Ruminations.

Last Post: Quality Beef Begins with Quality Animal Care - 4/20/2011 2:21:00 AM

Noelle Taylor grew up in a small town in Iowa and has been a member of a CSA since 2006.

Last Post: Eating Seasonally - 2/15/2011 3:55:00 AM

Paul Nelson is a 30-year veteran of the Chicago commodity markets and member of the CME Group since 1986. Providing an elite client group ag risk management in livestock; grains; oil seeds and dairy  markets.



A seasoned ag communications professional, Rick Purnell is passionate about the positive impact farms and agribusiness have in rural and urban communities.

Last Post: Enhance Your Operation’s Identity - 1/28/2011 7:18:00 AM

This blog is all about celebrating America's farm families and learning more about what America's farmers provide for us every day.

Last Post: Webisode 2 - A leap of faith - 1/28/2011 4:48:00 AM

For over twenty years, David owned and managed a private system of comprehensive clinical mental health clinics in rural Missouri and managed his family farm.

Last Post: Changes....Keeping Things Together - 11/28/2010 6:02:00 AM

Charlie O’Brien is the Vice President, Agricultural Services at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, which is the North American-based international trade group representing the off-road equipment manufacturing industry.

Last Post: 44 Days Left to AG CONNECT in Atlanta - 11/23/2010 4:15:00 AM

Doug and Nancy Rupp farm 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans in northwest Ohio, near Stryker. The Rupps are progressive farm family operators who use marketing strategies, technology and teamwork to attain the on-going success of their farming enterprise. 

While Doug farms full time now, he taught business and free enterprise classes for 30 years at the local high school and community college and also ran a painting contracting business, all the while building his farming operation. At one point in his teaching career, Doug also coached the high school wrestling team.
Nancy was a teacher and guidance counselor for 39 years, and continues to work in the Pettisville, Ohio, school system part-time. In addition, she manages the farm finances.
In this blog, Nancy will chronicle their experiences as one of the Ultimate Farm Quest case study families.
Last Post: Tackling New Financial Software - 11/19/2010 7:16:00 AM

Linda Smith has been writing about risk management for some 30 years and tracking marketing advisers since 1992. In this blog, she’ll take a longer term view than adviser blogs and address questions about how the markets work and how to use various sales strategies and crop insurance in today’s environment.

Last Post: World Ending Stocks in Perspective - 10/28/2010 2:42:00 AM

Doug Hensley is President of Gorsuch-Hensley Real Estate & Auction, Inc., based in Canton, IL.

Last Post: Fall Land Sales & Rental Rates - 9/13/2010 2:48:00 AM

At the Farm Journal Media Marketing Rally, the best marketing minds in agriculture gather to provide producers analysis and advice. Attendees hear very different strategies from very different advisers and can take home multiple ways to improve your business.

Last Post: Speaker Spotlight: Mark Gold - 8/29/2010 5:48:00 AM

Kennedy and Coe, LLC is an accounting and consulting firm  based in Salina, Kan. A significant portion of the firm's staff and clientele is focused in the agriculture industry. This blog will feature their expert advice.

Last Post: Jim Collins' latest book - 8/6/2010 4:41:00 AM

Mary K. Corp has been an Area Agronomist for Oregon State University in the inland wheat producing region of the Pacific Northwest for the past 12 years.

Last Post: Stripe Rust Problems Continue; Warm Weather Coming? - 6/9/2010 10:03:00 AM

Satya Banerji is an Internet publisher with a focus on the safe and judicious use of pesticides in India.

Last Post: Time to Sow - 5/30/2010 1:48:44 AM

For the last 33 years, David has farmed in south Oxfordshire England UK – in partnership with his wife.

Last Post: Seasonality - 3/23/2010 7:20:07 AM

Learn the latest news from AGCO, your agriculture company.

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T-Storm Tom's blog is a brief review of current weather events and climate trends.

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The Brock Report has been helping farmers and agribusinesses make better marketing decisions for 25 years.

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Sharing expertise in ag risk management consultation and market advice.

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Boyce Thompson, AgWeb's editorial director, separates truth from conjecture in today's agricultural issues.

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With January shaping up to be the coldest month of the century so far, farmers are hit once again with uncertainties.  Uncertainties like:  Am I going to have enough propane to keep my turkeys and hogs warm?  Or to sanitize my milking equipment?  Can I get my propane? And how much will I have to pay for it?

Because of the frigid, record breaking temperatures covering much of the growing area propane has seen some crazy price increases in the last few days.  The price went from $1 to $5 and this has propane companies adjusting their prices twice daily.

Part of this shortage is not only due to cold weather but to an unusually wet harvesting season which had farmers using a lot of propane to dry their corn crops prior to storage.

It’s hard to believe in 2014 that once again the American farmer might just be left out in the cold.


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Brian Teal is an Agriculture/Agribusiness and Commercial Banker for Five Star Bank in Northern California. He enjoys providing Ag related updates to his clients and the region he serves, as well as being involved in local and national related Ag events.

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Corn Stocks Up 50 Percent from September 2013
Soybean Stocks Down 35 Percent
All Wheat Stocks Up 2 Percent

Old crop corn stocks in all positions on September 1, 2014 totaled 
1.24 billion bushels, up 50 percent from September 1, 2013. Of the total 
stocks, 462 million bushels are stored on farms, up 68 percent from a year 
earlier. Off-farm stocks, at 774 million bushels, are up 42 percent from a 
year ago. The June - August 2014 indicated disappearance is 2.62 billion 
bushels, compared with 1.95 billion bushels during the same period last year.

Old crop soybeans stored in all positions on September 1, 2014 totaled 
92.0 million bushels, down 35 percent from September 1, 2013. Soybean stocks 
stored on farms totaled 21.3 million bushels, down 46 percent from a year 
ago. Off-farm stocks, at 70.6 million bushels, are down 30 percent from last 
September. Indicated disappearance for June - August 2014 totaled 313 million 
bushels, up 6 percent from the same period a year earlier.

Based on an analysis of end-of-marketing year stock estimates, disappearance 
data for exports and crushings, and farm program administrative data, the 
2013 soybean production is revised to 3.36 billion bushels, up 69.2 million 
bushels from the previous estimate. Planted area is revised up 307,000 acres 
to 76.8 million acres, and harvested area is revised up 384,000 acres to 76.3 
million acres. The 2013 yield, at 44.0 bushels per acre, is up 0.7 bushel 
from the previous estimate. A table with 2013 acreage, yield, and production 
estimates by States is included on page 17 of this report.

All wheat stored in all positions on September 1, 2014 totaled 1.91 billion 
bushels, up 2 percent from a year ago. On-farm stocks are estimated at 
722 million bushels, up 30 percent from last September. Off-farm stocks, at 
1.19 billion bushels, are down 9 percent from a year ago. The 
June - August 2014 indicated disappearance is 711 million bushels, down 
28 percent from the same period a year earlier.

Durum wheat stocks in all positions on September 1, 2014 totaled 60.2 million 
bushels, down 9 percent from a year ago. On-farm stocks, at 41.4 million 
bushels, are down 4 percent from September 1, 2013. Off-farm stocks totaled 
18.9 million bushels, down 20 percent from a year ago. The June - August 2014 
indicated disappearance of 18.4 million bushels is up 25 percent from the 
same period a year earlier.

Old crop grain sorghum stored in all positions on September 1, 2014 totaled 
34.0 million bushels, up 125 percent from a year ago. On-farm stocks, at 
1.95 million bushels, are up 223 percent from last year. Off-farm stocks, at 
32.1 million bushels, are up 121 percent from September 1, 2013. The 
June - August 2014 indicated disappearance from all positions is 58.4 million 
bushels, up 125 percent from the same period a year ago.


Small Grains
2014 Summary

September 2014

All wheat production totaled 2.04 billion bushels in 2014, down 5 percent 
from the revised 2013 total. Area harvested for grain totaled 46.5 million 
acres, up 3 percent from the previous year. The United States yield is 
estimated at 43.8 bushels per acre, down 3.3 bushels from the previous year. 
The levels of production and changes from 2013 by type are winter wheat, 
1.38 billion bushels, down 11 percent; other spring wheat, 601 million 
bushels, up 12 percent; and Durum wheat, 57.1 million bushels, down 
2 percent.

Winter wheat: Winter wheat production for 2014 totaled 1.38 billion bushels, 
down 11 percent from the revised 2013 total. The United States yield, at 
42.6 bushels per acre, is down 4.7 bushels from 2013. Area harvested for 
grain is estimated at 32.3 million acres, down 1 percent from the previous 

Planted acres were up from 2013 in most of the major Hard Red Winter (HRW) 
growing States. Particularly large acreage increases occurred in Colorado, 
Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, and North Dakota. Conversely, Oklahoma and Texas 
had large decreases in planted acres from the previous year. Harvested acres 
were up across the HRW region, with large increases in Colorado, Kansas, 
Montana, Nebraska, and the Dakotas. A record high yield is estimated in 
Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Nationally, HRW production totaled 
738 million bushels, down 1 percent from 2013.

In the Soft Red Winter (SRW) growing area, planted and harvested acreage 
decreases from 2013 were experienced throughout the region. Record high 
yields were realized in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. SRW production 
totaled 455 million bushels, down 20 percent from 2013.

White winter production totaled 184 million bushels, down 19 percent from the 
previous year. Harvested acreage in the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon, and 
Washington) was below what was harvested in 2013. Yields were also down from 
last year in all Pacific Northwest States.

Other spring wheat: Production for 2014 is estimated at 601 million bushels, 
up 12 percent from the revised 2013 total. Harvested area totaled 
12.8 million acres, up 13 percent from last year. The United States yield is 
estimated at 46.9 bushels per acre, down slightly from last year. Of the 
total production, 561 million bushels are Hard Red Spring wheat, up 
14 percent from last year. Record high yields are estimated in the Dakotas.

By May 4, producers had sown 26 percent of the spring wheat crop, 
5 percentage points ahead of last year but 15 percentage points behind the 
5-year average. Following the trend of other small grains, planting progress 
started the month well behind normal but caught up to the 5-year average by 
the end of the month in most estimating States. Delays in planting progress 
were most evident in Minnesota and North Dakota, where producers were not 
able to make significant planting progress until mid-month. Nationally, 
producers had sown 88 percent of the spring wheat crop by June 1, 
eight percentage points ahead of last year but equal to the 5-year average. 
Forty-seven percent of the spring wheat was at or beyond the heading stage by 
July 6, six percentage points ahead of last year but equal to the 5-year 
average. Spring wheat progress remained well ahead of normal in the Pacific 
Northwest but behind the 5-year average pace in the Northern Great Plains. 
Thirty-eight percent of the spring wheat crop was harvested by August 31, 
twenty-three percentage points behind last year and 27 percentage points 
behind the 5-year average. At the end of the month, spring wheat harvest in 
Minnesota was nearly 3 weeks behind the 5-year average.

Durum wheat: Production for 2014 is estimated at 57.1 million bushels, down 
2 percent from the revised 2013 total. Grain area harvested totaled 
1.37 million acres, up 3 percent from the previous year. The United States 
yield is estimated at 41.6 bushels per acre, down 1.7 bushels from 2013. 
Production in North Dakota, the largest Durum-producing State, is up 
4 percent from last year. A record high yield is estimated in South Dakota.

Due to excessive moisture this season, crop development has progressed 
significantly behind normal in Montana and North Dakota, the two largest 
Durum-producing States. As a result, harvest progress in North Dakota and 
Montana as of August 31 was well behind last year and the 5-year average.

Rye: Production for 2014 is estimated at 7.19 million bushels, down 6 percent 
from the revised 2013 total. Harvested area totaled 258,000 acres, down 
20,000 acres from 2013. The United States yield, at 27.9 bushels per acre, is 
up 0.5 bushel from the previous year. Drier weather conditions in the 
Southern Great Plains and the Southeast led to decreases in harvested acres 
from a year earlier.


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What Constitutes good marketing?

I believe a good marketing plan should establish guidelines and objectives for the following:

  1. The product mix—corn, beans, wheat, or cotton.
  2. What planting and harvest date to optimize insurance or cash prices.
  3. When to set the flat price of the products produced.
  4. When to lock up basis.
  5. How much to store and for how long
  6. When should contracts be rolled or simply priced out because of spread relationships.
  7. How much cash flow exposure to accept in a marketing program.
  8. Process of how goals will be met when mistakes are made in assumptions.
  9. Drop dead dates when minor adjustments in strategy are required if target objectives are not reached.

Remember, in the development of any marketing plan one should have a firm grasp of the underlying direction of the fundamentals (bullish or bearish) and the expected intensity (range of move). We like to say it is the fundamentals that determine the long-term direction of the market while the technical actions are the stop and go signs along the way indicating when to sell and when to defend a position.

More on Thursday.

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