Top Producer Market Adviser Track Records
The Top Producer Market Adviser Track Records have acted as "truth serum" for advisory services for the past decade. They are based on actual trades placed on the advice of each service, adjusted for basis and storage costs. We report their positions monthly, so you don't have to wait six months or more after the marketing year ends to see how they have done. Top Producer applauds the services confident enough in their performance to be tracked in this way. We hope you will, too.
We occasionally receives calls from farmers who follow one of the market advisers reported on in our Adviser Track Index. They often ask, "Why are the results so different?" One answer lies in our methodology--how we treat basis, storage costs and the like (read about our Methodology to review what we do).
Another answer is that most services have more than one type of advice. Perhaps you are following cash-only advice or are in an "aggressive hedge" program that doesn't exactly track what we do.
Finally, if you are signed up with the advisers via a grain elevator, your contract may specify a certain time period. In most cases, it won't match ours, which allows advisers to start selling a crop as far in advance as they wish and "forces a sale" the final day of the crop marketing year (Aug. 31 the year after harvest).
We hope this explains the seeming mystery. If not, let us know!
Our Marketing Advisors
These advisers participate in the Top Producer Track Records. For more complete information about the services and what they offer, please call them directly or contact Scott Harms, who runs the Archer Financial Ag-Hedge Program from which the track records are derived and who has worked with these advisers for years.
The Ag-Hedge Program is designed to assist producers that want to include professional analysis as a part of their overall marketing plan. This program acts as a "hired hand" by providing disciplined monitoring and implementation of futures and options advice, essential to the marketing process. It can also provide assistance in planning and projecting all the elements of your business equation.
You meet with a Financial Advisor to review or develop your business plan, including time frames, profit objectives, break-even costs, risk-bearing ability and cash-flow needs. You'll identify profit and price targets and the kinds of tools you are willing to employ. Next, you choose one or several marketing advisory services to assist you with your hedging decisions and assign bushels to each.
You pay the subscription cost of each service. Archer Financial monitors your advisers' recommendations and implements their advice on your behalf. There is no separate charge for this service, only transaction charges associated with your hedge account.
Archer Financial Services
AgriVisor Services Inc.
The Brock Report
Doane Outlook Hedger
Progressive Ag Marketing
Top Farmer Intelligence