It’s generally considered rude to ask a farmer or rancher how many acres she owns or how many cattle he’s got. On the other hand, if two neighbor farmers discuss how much grain they’ve sold or how their marketing plans are going, it’s usually a welcome topic. The respo...

Perhaps, sitting in a bar one evening, a friend told you that corn yields tend to be great during years that end in "6." Or perhaps you've heard of the 18-year cycle in the stock markets? Or the 60-year cycle in wheat prices? Or the 14 3/4-year cycle in soybean prices,...

Originally published at https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/news/article/2017/11/08/grain-markets-benefit-blockchain

Soon it will be as easy for a large pension fund to trade bitcoin as it is to trade corn. The CME group announced last week it would open a market f...

Originally published at https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/news/article/2017/10/11/really-old-corn

Today -- October 11, 2017 -- is exactly 100 years since the day my great-grandfather penciled the "built-on" date inside the big red barn on our family's farm. We ha...

Originally published at https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/news/article/2017/07/19/grain-birth-civilization

Grain markets played a huge role in human history. The very formation of early nation states and all the "great" early civilizations -- the Sumerians, the E...

"So it's decided. We'll all cut back our production -- all of us! And then we'll announce it to the press, and prices will go up. But it's only going to work if every single producer of this commodity here at this meeting sticks to the plan. Got it?" The other members...

Originally published at https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/news/article/2017/03/29/jethro-tull-spinning-grave

In 1701, Jethro Tull invented the horse-drawn seed drill, used for evenly planting straight furrows of small grains in England, and later in Europe, Ameri...

Originally published at https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/news/article/2017/03/15/beware-income-volatility

Picture someone who works for a salary. Let's call him Jim, and let's say that Jim makes $52,000 per year. Incidentally, that's approximately the median sal...

Farmers don't really get a lot of choice about which commodity markets they have exposure to. The geography and the climate of their farm's location will generally limit them to a few major choices, and then the logistics of selling products to some reasonably nearby d...

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Elaine Kub is the author of Mastering the Grain Markets: How Profits Are Really Made - 
a 360-degree look at all aspects of grain trading, which draws on her experiences as a futures broker, market analyst, grain merchandiser, and farmer. Before earning an engineering degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California San Diego, Kub grew up on a family farm in South Dakota, where she is still active in grain and livestock production. 

 

As well as sharing her ag market insights on television and various farm radio programs, Kub also focuses on quantitative analysis in a regular column for DTN The Progressive Farmer.

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