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Farmers Keep Grain Close to Home

December 24, 2013
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
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Around 30% of farmers report transport grain 10 miles or less to sell it.

Farm Journal Pulse

Where are your closest grain markets? Is it only a few miles down the road or a state away?

The Dec. 18 Farm Journal Pulse, more than 1,500 farmers answered the question: On average, how many miles do you transport grain to sell it?

The majority of respondents, 31%, report transporting their grain 10 miles or lest. Just over 25% report transporting it between 11 and 20%, while 17% say they transport it between 21 and 30 miles.

Here are the full results:

  • 1 to 10 miles: 31%
  • 11 to 20 miles: 26%
  • 21 to 30 miles: 17%
  • 31 to 40 miles: 9%
  • 41 or more miles: 18%

 

When it Pays to Transport

With falling cash corn and soybeans prices, shopping for basis (also known as the different between the local cash prices and the futures price) has become even more critical for producers who want to maximize sales.

"Our research has shown that a producer’s best market will change six times during the year, on average," says Logan Burgess, a grain broker for Grain Hedge in Bozeman, Mont. "But on average a producer will only sell to two separate locations in a year. They are leaving cents on the table."

Read more about shopping for basis.
 

Click the map below to see how people responded, based on their location:

12 18 13 Pulse

 

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