Tuesday
Mar292016

Grain News - March 2016

Patrons,

By the time you get our newsletter in the mail, we should be seeing some mild March weather. Seems crazy to me that another planting season is less than a couple months out!

We now have both of our piles picked up and in good condition, and we are offering Free Price Later as space allows. Corn will be dried and shrunk to 14% moisture, and must be priced by August 15th or it will be priced at the closing price of that day.

At the time of writing this, corn has been stuck in about a 25 cent range since the New Year, and soybeans have stuck to just under a 40 cent range. A slightly bearish Feb 9th USDA Supply/Demand Report luckily didn’t push much to the downside and funds still hold a large short position. These are a couple bright spots in the overall commodity picture. However, the U.S. Dollar has remained fairly strong while competing export countries’ currencies have stayed weak. It also seems like South American crops are developing well at this time. I wish I had a better outlook, but at this time there’s nothing too promising in the near term.

Basis has backed off since the first of the year as the processor seems to have enough ownership in the nearby months. Some ethanol plants have quit buying corn through April and are only posting contract overrun bids. Luckily we have not seen that too close to our area. Soybean crush margins haven’t been too great, which isn’t helping the soybean processor bid either.

We are offering the EET Grain/Agronomy Loyalty Program again for the 2016 crop! If you aren’t aware of it, please ask Brooks or myself for more details. Summary below...

  • To qualify for a $0.10/bu bonus on corn on up to 175 bu/acre on eligible acres, you must purchase $100/Acre of fertilizer and chemical inputs from EET.
  • To qualify for a $0.10/bu bonus on soybeans on up to 60 bu/acre on eligible acres, you must purchase $30/Acre of herbicide and insecticide from EET.
  • This is not locking your crop into being sold at EET; if there is a better market that you want to sell into, you are able to do that.

Tom, Brooks and I will be bringing in a trader from FC Stone for a marketing meeting on Wednesday March 30th at 10:30 a.m. This will be a pre-report look at the Quarterly Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings USDA reports that come out the next day, along with a look at livestock markets. Brooks will also give a quick Agronomy update for the upcoming season. We will provide lunch. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we have an idea of the number attending. Hope to see you there!

I hope everyone has a safe planting season with minimal delays or breakdowns. We could use it with prices like these.

Jory Bossuyt
Grain Merchandiser

Saturday
Jan092016

Merchant's Plus Program

Equity Elevator is offering a corn and soybean marketing program through FC Stone called the Merchant’s Plus Program. Merchant’s Plus is a program that you sign up new crop bushels, and then FC Stone’s experts market those bushels trying to get the highest futures price that they can.

  • Increments of 2,500 bushels, with a 2,500 bushel minimum.
  • Pricing period is 2/22/16 to 11/15/16. Producer must set basis using the New Crop 2016 basis before delivery of the corn or soybeans.
  • FC Stone charges a fee of 10 cents per bushel for corn, and 15 cents per bushel for beans, taken out of the final futures price given to the farmer. No upfront cost.
  • Sign up deadline is Wednesday, February 17, 2016.
  • Bi-weekly progress and pricing updates are provided by FC Stone. After you sign up, I will pass that information along to you.

I recommend trying this program on a small portion of your new crop. It will help you have some grain sold directly out of the field and give you insight to the strategies these experts are using, as well as give you a benchmark to try and beat. Any questions please ask me! If you are interested in this program give me a call in the next few weeks at 507-485-3183 or 507-829-1531 or stop in to see me.

 

Jory Bossuyt
Grain Merchandiser

Friday
Dec042015

Grain News - December 2015

Hello,

I am Jory Bossuyt, the new Grain Merchandiser here at EET. I started here in early November, and I’m excited to be here. I’m from Cottonwood, but currently live in Clarkfield after previously working as a Grain Originator for Prairie Grain Partners. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from South Dakota State University where I majored in Ag Business and minored in Ag Marketing. I spend my time ice fishing, snowmobiling, playing hockey, boating, and golfing, depending on the season. If I haven’t already, I am looking forward to meeting you to see what I can do for your operation. Feel free to get in touch with me with any questions or concerns.

Corn

The November 10th USDA Report saw higher nationwide yields and global stocks. The USDA raised corn yield by 1.3 bpa for a crop of 13.7 billion bushels. U.S. corn usage was also lowered. Those two factors raised U.S. ending stocks by 199 million bushels to 1.76 billion bushels, a comfortable level. China’s corn supply was another major factor, with the USDA increasing their stocks significantly. At this point we watch demand, which hasn’t been too exciting with the high value of the U.S. dollar.

Soybeans

On the bean side, yield was raised by 1.1 bpa for a record crop of 3.98 billion bushels. Ending stocks are raised by 40 million bushels to 465 million bushels, or the highest since 2006/2007. With the large U.S. soybean crop we now look to South America’s weather which, at the time of me writing this, is looking like they could use some rain on the exterior parts of the country, but the central region is sitting pretty well off. To kick off a large rally, we need a production hiccup from down there in the months ahead along with some Chinese economic strength.

Basis

End users are having trouble buying enough corn and soybeans at these prices to cover their needs, leading to basis narrowing up the past few weeks. If they start to feel their needs being covered, they will back off in a hurry due to the large stocks out there (especially with the great yields in our area). Keep a close eye on this in the weeks ahead.

Lastly, keep a close eye on your bins and get them cored to keep condition down the road. Price later is 3 cents/month if you are not a seller quite yet.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from myself and everyone here at Equity Elevator & Trading Co!

Jory Bossuyt
Grain Merchandiser