Linda H. SmithMarkets Editor

Linda writes about the commodities market for

Linda writes about the commodities market for

Articles By Linda H. Smith

Dec 09, 2015

See How Peer Groups Can Bring Value, Success to Your Farm

In agriculture, the coffee shop has been a popular networking site for years, though many business-oriented farmers have graduated from that venue. Now, producers use more professional networks to improve their business, identify opportunities, gain new perspectives and socially connect to peers.

May 01, 2015

Crystal Ball Shows Most Bad News Already in the Market

Rabobank shares its 2015 outlook for corn, cattle and other commodities in a new report. Although the bright spots are few and far between, the bad news isn’t exactly new, either.

Apr 30, 2015

Global Market Update: Plenty of Price Headwinds

It looks like a big Russian wheat crop is on the way, as the government has confirmed it will decrease the export taxes designed to ensure supplies for its citizens.

Apr 29, 2015

U.S. Cotton Quality is Key to Price Premiums

Upland staple length has increased thanks to technological improvements, and that advantage is the reason futures aren't lower than they are in the face of huge global stocks.

Apr 27, 2015

Weekly Wake-up: Planting Progress Takes the Stage

No major USDA reports but with some planting progress last week, traders will be watching Monday afternoon's weekly update. Outside markets receive several important data releases.

Apr 25, 2015

Crops: More Woes Ahead; Livestock: Setting Up for Price Improvement?

It's never a good sign when prices make new lows for the calendar year, and that's what crop markets did this week, says Jerry Gulke, president of the Gulke Group.

Apr 24, 2015

Farmland Values Slip As New Report Sheds Light On Prices

Agricultural economist Mykel Taylor of Kansas State University prepared the study, which is based on actual sales.

Apr 23, 2015

Global Market Watch: Attention Turns to Northern Hemisphere

Black Sea crops are enjoying near-perfect conditions and Europe is holding its breath for a decision from Russia regarding its export taxes. Odds increasingly favor their removal.

Apr 21, 2015

Time to Revamp Livestock Pricing?

At a livestock industry conference last week, the main topic covered was outlook—both for feed and livestock/meat. However, the most lively discussions revolved around price reporting.