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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We're watching Washington. Here's why:

All eyes and ears will be on the White House again this weekend. Waiting to see if there will be any progress towards reaching a trade deal with China. Typically if any progress is made we will find out Tuesday morning next week.    

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Good morning! There will be a USDA report released later this morning, and this is what our team will be watching for: 

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 250,000-500,000 metric tons, corn 800,000-1,400,000 metric tons, soybeans 450,000-1,000,000 metric tons and soybean meal 50,000-300,000 metric tons.   

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our eyes are on beans! Here's why:

News stories continue to favor the bears. If we continue to get bearish news but prices do not head lower, then many traders will view this as the first step of marking a major low.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for in the days to come:

We are watching to see if the collapse in the global stock and commodity markets end up forcing some type of trade negotiations to start again.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for as this week gets underway:

Our team will be watching to see if July corn can hold the Friday low at $3.55 this week.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There will be a USDA report released later this morning, and this is what our team will be watching for:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 150,000-400,000 metric tons, corn 800,000-1,300,000 metric tons, soybeans 250,000-750,000 metric tons and soybean meal 50,000-400,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our eyes are on the Federal Reserve board and the US Dollar. Here's why:

The Federal Reserve Board concludes its two-day meeting today. Their decision regarding short-term rates will be announced, followed by economic projections and a press conference. Keep a close eye on the US dollar. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There is a USDA report being released later later today.

Our team will be watching to see how the trade will react after this release. Follow along LIVE during our Webinar, which starts at 10:45 AM CT today. Get additional information on today's even by clicking here

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We are moving into mid-June this week and here is what our team will be watching for as it progresses:

Our team will be watching to see if July corn can hold the Friday low at $3.73 through this week.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our eyes are on negotiations between the US and China. Here's what we're watching for:

The US and China are making progress on trade negotiations. Will we get a formal commitment in the near future? If we do, then that would be positive to the US grain prices.   

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report that will be released later this morning, and here is what our team will be watching for in those reports:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am this morning. Here are the estimates: wheat 150,000-400,000 metric tons, corn 700,000-1,100,000 metric tons, soybeans 200,000-500,000 metric tons and soybean meal 125,000-250,000 metric tons.    

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

June is underway, and this is what our team will be watching for:

During the recent selloff, there have been big buyers in the corn call options. This is a good sign that some fund money is still looking for prices to rally and this is what our team will be keeping an eye on.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We're entering the first full week of June and this is what our team will be watching for as it unfolds:

We'll be watching to see if July corn can hold critical support at the continuation gap at $3.87 this week.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There will be a USDA report released later this morning, and this is what our team will be watching for in that report:

Weekly export sales will be released this morning. They were delayed by one day due to the Memorial Day holiday Monday. Here are the estimates: wheat 150,000-400,000 metric tons, corn 700,000-1,100,000 metric tons, soybeans 200,000-600,000 metric tons and soybean meal 125,000-250,000 metric tons.[...]

What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our team is watching corn. Here's why:

We'll be keeping a close eye on the spreads in corn, soybeans and wheat. Lately the bear spreads have been working. It is hard to imagine we will see too much of a rally in the near term.   

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for as May comes to a close:

Key moving averages are getting closer as the bears try to cool off the recent rally. It will be important to see how prices react as these support lines are tested.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

The markets are open after a long holiday weekend, and our team will be watching the Crop Progress report today along with July Corn. We're also anticipating our LIVE webinar tomorrow afternoon at 2PM CST. 

We will be watching the July corn to see if it can close above resistance at $4.10 this week.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our eyes are on the east as we head into the holiday weekend. Here's what we'll be watching:

With a 3-day weekend ahead of us, keep a close eye on the news headlines between US, North Korea and China.  

Join us for our webinar next Wednesday, May 30th, as we gather our brokers together and let you know what grain trades we'll be recommending in June. Click here for more info.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report coming out this morning, and this is what our team will be watching for as those reports emerge:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 100,000-400,000 metric tons, corn 700,000-1,300,000 metric tons, soybeans 200,000-500,000 metric tons and soybean meal 150,000-400,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

May is coming to a close, and here's an update on what our team will be watching for as we finish out the week:

We'll be watching to see if the corn and soybean bull spreads are going hit new highs.  Bob is watching the December 2018 versus December 2019 corn spread, along with the November 2018 versus November 2019 soybean spread.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our eyes are pointed north as we watch the weather forecast. Here's why:

We are watching to see if the dryness in the Canadian prairie will continue into June. The 10-day forecast does not show much relief. Spring wheat should react positively if conditions worsen.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our team has their eyes on Washington today. Here's why:

We'll be watching to see if a preliminary deal between the US and China gets announced today, and the market reaction in response to any of these trade talks.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There will be a USDA report released in a couple of hours, and this is what our team will be watching for:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 300,000-500,000 metric tons, corn 700,000-1,200,000 metric tons, soybeans 400,000-700,000 metric tons and soybean meal 125,000-250,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our team is currently watching June weather. Here's why:

We will be watching the forecast for early June to see if mid-June will prove to be hot and dry. There is very little room for the US to have a less than trend line yield for this year’s crop.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team is keeping their eye on:

We will be watching to see if  the July corn futures will be able to close above resistance on the continuation chart at $4.00 this week.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We've started a new week, and here is what our team will be watching as it gets underway: 

We'll be watching to see if July corn and soybean can hold the continuation gap that will be created today when the May contracts go off.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our email system is down this morning, but today's AM Update will be sent out as soon as service returns. If you're a member you can access today's full report on our website or mobile app. In the meantime we have an update for you on what we're currently watching. 

Keep a close eye on the weather. Forecasts are calling for a pretty wet cycle for the next 2-3 weeks going from west to east between I-90 and I-70. Will[...]

What We're Watching

What We're Watching

With two USDA reports coming out today there is plenty for our team to be watching! 

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 250,000-700,000 metric tons, corn 800,000-1,250,000 metric tons, soybeans 400,000-900,000 metric tons and soybean meal 100,000-400,000 metric tons.

There'll also be a USDA report released at 11 AM today, and we'll be covering the immediate market reaction[...]

What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our team is anticipating tomorrow's USDA report, and here is what we'll be watching for.  

We'll be watching Thursday's USDA report to see if it shows world supplies declining for grains. If so, will it be enough for the bulls to stage another leg higher on the charts? Or do the funds use a rally to liquidate longs?

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Want to know what our team is watching for this week? Here's our latest update:

Our team is watching to see if the July soybean futures can hold key support at $10.10.

We have a webinar coming up on Thursday. Join us then to hear more about our recommendations and watch as the USDA reports are released. Details can be found here.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching as this new week gets underway:

Our team is watching to see if July corn can hold support at the two-day low of $4.03 ¼.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's a look at what our team will be watching for in exports over the next few months: 

Our team will be keeping a close eye on corn and soybean exports over the next few months. World demand is very strong and typically the US does not sell too many soybeans this time of year. However, if the US and China would come to an agreement, that could change things a little. 

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May 10th Webinar

May 10th Webinar

May's first webinar will be held on Thursday, May 10th, at 10:45 am!

We'll watch the USDA reports release at 11:00 am...and the immediate market reaction.

We have scheduled these webinars for the larger USDA reports: Some (but not all) of the monthly "supply/demand" reports, the quarterly Grain Stocks reports, and--without fail--the huge annual Prospective[...]



What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report being released this morning, and here is what our team will be watching for in that report:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 300,000-650,000 metric tons, corn 550,000-1,100,000 metric tons, soybeans 300,000-1,100,000 metric tons and soybean meal 150,000-300,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for in the days to come: 

Can the bull spreads in the grains make new highs? Bob is watching the December 2018 vs the December 2019 corn spread. For soybeans, he is watching the November 2018 vs the November 2019 spread. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

May has arrived, and here is what our team is watching for as this new month gets underway:

We'll be watching closely to see if grain is under pressure as the US dollar rallies to new highs. Follow along with the market action this month by attending our webinars and keeping up with us on social media.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

The first day of May is tomorrow, and here's an update on what our team will be watching as we start a new month.

Our team will be watching to see if May 2018 corn futures can close above the 2016 high at 3.94 this week.

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What we're watching...

What we're watching...

On the radar today: The Commitments of Traders report will be out at 2:00 pm today. Will the funds add to their long corn and soybean positions? Funds hold a pretty large long position right now in soybeans. This could be viewed as a bearish factor.   

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What we're watching...

What we're watching...

On our radar today: Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 300,000-600,000 metric tons, corn 900,000-1,600,000 metric tons, soybeans 700,000-1,200,000 metric tons and soybean meal 125,000-300,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team is currently watching:

Because planting is way behind normal, our team is watching to see if corn and spring wheat markets continue to move lower. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Minneapolis finally saw temperatures in the 60s over the weekend, and this is what we'll be watching for as the new week gets underway:

Our team will be watching to see if corn prices can close above the opening today. That would show a short-term low is in place and confirm last Friday as a short-term low.   

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Friday AM Update

Friday AM Update

We'll end the week with another USDA report due out this afternoon, and here's what our team will be watching for:

Keep an eye on the Commitments of Traders report at 2 pm today. Will the funds continue to hold a rather long soybean position? 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There will be a USDA report released later this morning, and here is what our team will be watching for:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 150,000-550,000 metric tons, corn 700,000-1,200,000 metric tons, soybeans 1,400,000-2,100,000 metric tons and soybean meal 125,000-400,000 metric tons.    

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our team will be watching for movement on the daily charts. Here's why:

The bears have established control of the grain charts. Bob says to watch the daily charts for the first higher high and higher low. This is the first sign that momentum may be shifting back to the bulls.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for the remainder of this week:

We'll be watching to see if nearby corn can hold above key support at $3.80 this week. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA Crop Progress report being released later today, and here is what our team will be watching for:

What will the USDA Crop Progress report today show for corn planting progress? With last week’s weather it is likely to fall behind the five year average.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our team has their eyes on Washington right now. Here's why:

Washington this week rolled out the preliminary thoughts on the new Farm Bill. There is sure to be some hot debate over that in the next few weeks. As we find out more details on the Farm Bill it is sure to help drive the market.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report coming out this morning, and here is what our team will be watching for:


Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 250,000-650,000 metric tons, corn 800,000-1,350,000 metric tons, soybeans 800,000-1,700,000 metric tons and soybean meal 175,000-400,000 metric tons.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Halfway through the week, and here's what our team will be watching for as we close it out: 

The bull spreads in grains can often be leading indicators to where the market is headed. The recent high in the November 2018 vs November 2019 soybean spread needs to be surpassed soon, or we could see the bears take back control.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report coming out this morning (join us for our webinar!) and here is the latest update on what our team will be watching for throughout the week:

We'll be watching to see if May Corn can close this week out above the 2017 high of $3.94?  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

With a fresh layer of snow across Minnesota this morning, our  team will be keeping an eye on weather in the coming weeks. 

Will the deferred weather forecasts keep it wet in the central and eastern Corn Belt, and put additional snow in Minnesota and the Dakotas... where they need to plant spring wheat by the end of the month? 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Another day, another USDA report! Here's what our team will be watching for as this week comes to a close:

The Commitments of Traders report will be released at 2:00 pm today. It’s been a wild week of trading. Will the funds still hold some large long positions in corn and soybeans?

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report being released this morning, and here's what our team will be watching for: 

Weekly export sales will be released this morning at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 350,000-650,000 metric tons, corn 1,100,000-1,600,000 metric tons, soybeans 600,000-1,100,000 metric tons and soybean meal 150,000-250,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Good morning! Here's our latest update on what our team is keeping an eye on:

Corn and wheat are holding up well given what soybeans are doing. The fear is that the funds will move to liquidation mode in all the grains. Even though wheat and corn are not on tariff list, will traders want to hold longs?

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We've started a new month, and here's an update on what our team is watching for as April gets underway:

Today we are watching to see if May Corn can close this week above $3.94 (the 2017 high).

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There'll be another USDA report being release in a couple hours. Here's what we'll be watching for with that report: 

Weekly export sales will be released this morning at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 275,000-625,000 metric tons, corn 1,400,000-1,900,000 metric tons, soybeans 500,000-1,400,000 metric tons and soybean meal 150,000-250,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There are USDA reports due out today and tomorrow. Here's what our team will be watching for: 

One of our advisors, Bob, always talks about the bull spreads leading the way. Watch how the spreads react after the report. In particular, keep an eye on the July 2018 vs November 2018 soybean spread, and the December 2018 vs December 2019 corn spread.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team is watching for:

We will be watching to see if the strong gains in the Asian and global stock markets create increased commodity demand. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Starting this week out with a quick update on what we'll be watching;

We will be watching to see if the large early gains in the US stock market will hold into the close of trade today.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Weather delayed yesterday's USDA report, so our focus is still on that release and here's what our team will be watching for:

Weekly export sales will be released this morning at 7:30 am due to the USDA offices being temporarily closed yesterday due to weather. Here are the estimates: wheat 200,000-400,000 metric tons, corn 1,000,000-2,600,000 metric tons, soybeans 700,000-1,600,000 metric tons and soybean meal[...]

What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report being released at 7:30 am today, and here is what our team will be watching for:

Weekly export sales will be released out at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 300,000-500,000 metric tons, corn 900,000-1,600,000 metric tons, soybean 500,000-1,000,000 metric tons and soybean meal 100,000-250,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be keeping an eye on as we move into the second half of this week: 

Keep an eye on volume as the grains consolidate. The first day with a considerable spike in volume should indicate which way the market is headed next. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's the latest update on what our team is currently watching: 

I am watching the corn and soybean bull spreads. The spreads were firm as prices rallied and then started turning lower when prices hit the high three weeks ago. When the bull spreads start to work again, odds are prices will be close to a low.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We'll be watching South American weather to see how much rain will hit (and where) in Argentina later this week. This morning's report had a long, in-depth analysis on upcoming weather from our expert, DT of WXrisk. Sign up for our services or test them out through our free trial to receive these valuable updates. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report being released this morning, and here is what our team will be watching for in that report:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 300,000-500,000 metric tons, corn 1,300,000-2,000,000 metric tons, soybeans 700,000-1,600,000 metric tons and soybean mean 150,000-350,000 metric tons.            

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for as we head into the second half of this week:

The bull spreads in corn and soybeans diverged last week. (This means the corn spreads remain strong, while soybean spreads flipped bearish.) If corn spreads remain strong, then corn could be gearing up for a nice rally.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for in the days to come: 

I am watching the corn continuation chart, especially the March-to-May spread in the corn market. The May contract becomes the nearby contract on Wednesday. It appears the chart will show a 6 to 7 cent gap. The bottom of that gap should provide good support. Resistance is at $3.94 ½ the 2017 high on the continuation chart. A close later[...]

What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Why is our team watching weather down in Argentina?

How much rain will hit (and where) in Argentina later this week? The rain in Argentina will impact this week's grain markets, likely making them start out higher.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We'll end the week with yet another report from the USDA, and here's what our team will be watching for when it is released. 

The Commitments of Traders report will be out at 2:00 pm today. Last week the funds were close to 148,000 contracts long in the soybeans. Their record length is 253,000. Will they reach that number this week?     

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There are two USDA reports being released today, and here is an update on what our team will be watching for:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 200,000-450,000 metric tons, corn 1,100,000-1,500,000 metric tons, soybeans 800,000-1,700,000 metric tons and soybean meal 100,000-225,000 metric tons.   

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We'll be keeping our eyes on Soybean Meal, here's why:

The soybean crush has retraced dramatically in the past four trading sessions. This is not a good sign for the soybean bulls. Keep a close eye on soybean meal. A close below $384.10 on the May contract would be a big warning sign.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Good morning! Here's an update on what our team will be watching for this week:

How long will the funds get in soybeans? If the CFTC Commitments of Traders report on Friday shows funds long over 200,000 contracts of soybeans, then the soybean market will have limited room to move higher. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Welcome to March! Here's what our team has their eyes on as we get this new month underway:


Will bull spreads start to work again in corn and soybeans? The bull spreads have posted good gains as the grain markets have rallied over the last four weeks.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We'll kick our weekend off by analyzing the USDA report  that is scheduled to be released with morning. Here's what we'll be watching for:

Keep a close eye on the Commitments of Traders report that will be released out at 2:00 pm CST today. With the rally in corn, soybeans and wheat spanning the last several weeks, the funds will be starting to get some rather long positions on the books.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

It's a new month and spring planting season will be here before we know it! Here is what our team will be watching for as March gets underway: 

Momentum indicators are suggesting a pullback is due in the grains. If the weather turns to favor the bears, then prices could be on a slippery slope downward.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

February is coming to a close and this is what our team will be watching for as we transition to March! 

The winter wheat crop ratings released Monday afternoon were bullish. But were they bullish enough to keep the rally going? A close below $5.00 on May KC wheat will be a caution sign. A close below the 20-day average ($4.88) will be a warning sign.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Reporting live again from Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California! Here's what our team will be watching for as we move  into March:  

Watch the March-to-May continuation gaps that will develop in mid-March. Will prices back-and-fill? Or set up as a midway gap?

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching


Our team is out in Anaheim, California for Commodity Classic, but we still have our eyes on the markets! Here's what we're watching:

Will we hit our price targets this week? The targets are $3.87 in July Corn, $10.78 in May soybeans, and $10.38 in November soybeans. 

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See you at Commodity Classic!

See you at Commodity Classic!

Will we see you next week at Commodity Classic? I'll be out there to present, and also to sit down and talk with farmers. See below for event info and details on how to schedule a time to chat with myself or our team.

Tuesday, Feb 27 - 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report being released this morning. Here's what our team will be watching for:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 275,000-425,000 metric tons, corn 1,000,000-2,000,000 metric tons, soybeans 250,000-1,250,000 metric tons and soybean meal 200,000-450,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for as this week comes to a close:

The market will patiently await the release of the Ag Outlook Forum new crop acreage intentions. Weekly export sales will be delayed for release until Friday due to the President’s Holiday this past Monday.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We'll be watching weather in the days to come. Here's why:

Wheat prices will react quickly if the forecast for the southern plains turns dry again, or more rain starts to develop. Keep a close eye on the extended forecast for a change of trend.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's what our team will be watching for as February comes to a close:

How long can the rally last? The first week in March is usually a key change-of-trend week. In the last several years it has quite often been a low. This year it could turn out to be an important high.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for as this week comes to a close:

I'm watching South American weather to see if the noon weather updates today keep it hot and dry in Argentina through the end of next week.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a new USDA report being released in a couple hours, and here is what our team will be watching for:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 275,000-425,000 metric tons, corn 1,000,000-2,000,000 metric tons, soybeans 200,000-1,100,000 metric tons and soybean meal 150,000-450,000 metric tons. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's a quick update on what our team will be watching for this week:

I will be closely watching the soybean meal charts this week. When the meal chart rolls over and head down, the entire grain complex could see selling pressure develop.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for this week:

We'll be watching to see if the increase in farmer sales will widen the cash bid? So far, the basis has held better than we had expected. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

It's a new week, and this is what our team will be watching for:

We'll be keeping an eye on July Corn and March soybeans to see if they can rally to our price targets. If so, then we will recommend you make another 10% sale. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for in the days to come: 

With the stock market trading very violently this past week, will we start to see the money flow come out of stocks and into commodities? 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for during the release of today's USDA report! 

Weekly export sales will be released out at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 300,000-500,000 metric tons, corn 1,000,000-2,000,000 metric tons, soybeans 250,000-750,000 metric tons and soybean meal 200,000-450,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report coming out tomorrow, and here's an update on what our team will be watching for when it is released: 

We'll be watching to see if the USDA makes any downward adjustments to US exports in the report on Thursday. If they do, the bears should regain control. If the bulls can maintain control with a bearish report, this rally could get interesting.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report coming out yet again today, and here's what our team will be watching for in this report:

With the recent rally in corn, soybeans and wheat, how many contracts have the funds bought back? The Commitments of Traders report will be out at 2:00 pm today.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report coming out this morning, and this is what our team will be watching for:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 175,000-400,000 metric tons, corn 850,000-1,200,000 metric tons, soybeans 775,000-1,300,000 metric tons and soybean meal 175,000-350,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for as January comes to a close:

The Federal Reserve meeting concludes today with an announcement on short-term rates. Watch the reactions of the US dollar and equity markets.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

A new week is underway, and here's an update on what our team will be watching for as January comes to a close:

As this week gets started we'll be watching to see if Corn can close above $3.58 on January 31. That is the double top on the long-term monthly corn chart. If so, then that will be a break-out on the long-term corn chart.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report coming out this morning, and here's what our team will be watching for:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 175,000-400,000 metric tons, corn 850,000-1,200,000 metric tons, soybeans 775,000-1,300,000 metric tons and soybean meal 175,000-350,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for when the USDA report is released tomorrow.

Weekly export sales will be delayed for release on Friday this week. With the US Dollar under a lot of pressure the past two weeks, we should see an uptick in sales.   

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for this week: 

We'll be watching to see if soybeans keep scoring higher highs on the daily chart. The next target on March soybeans is $9.95, which is the 61.8% retracement of the December high and January low.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Minneapolis is covered under nearly a foot of snow, and here's what our team will be watching for once we dig ourselves out!

Our team will be watching to see if March Corn can get up and close this week above the two-week high at $3.54 ½.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching


We're starting off the new week with our eyes on the US Dollar. Here's why: 


Can the US dollar continue lower? If yes, then more money will move into the commodity sector. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

The USDA will be releasing a report this morning, and here is what our team will be watching for:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 250,000-600,000 metric tons, corn 450,000-800,000 metric tons, soybeans 800,000-1,350,000 metric tons and soybean meal 150,000-350,000 metric tons.   

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We'll be watching corn as this week comes to a close. Here's why:

Keep a close eye on corn basis levels. If the corn market starts taking out resistance at $3.55 and $3.58, then selling should pick up dramatically and cause basis levels to widen.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our team is currentlyw atching crude oil prices. Here's why:

Crude oil scored another high on Tuesday, but closed lower on the day. That is only the third time we have seen a lower close in nearly a month. A move under $63 would raise concern for the bulls.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's what our team will be watching for following the long Holiday weekend:

We will be watching to see if March soybeans can hold the small gap created last night (between $9.62 and $9.63¼) on the daily and weekly soybean continuation chart.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our team will be waiting for today's UDSA report to be released. Here's what we'll be watching for in that report.

All eyes will be on the USDA reports at 11 AM. Will the USDA give us the bullish numbers to make the funds exit their huge short positions?

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We're looking forward to tomorrow's big USDA report, and here's what our team will be watching for: 

Weekly export sales will be release at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 200,000-450,000 metric tons, corn 200,000-700,000 metric tons, soybeans 300,000-850,000 metric tons and soybean meal 75,000-250,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our eyes are on Australia this week. Here's why: 

Dryness in the Australian wheat area is becoming more serious. La Nina conditions are most likely to maintain or intensify the conditions. If the USDA report favors the wheat bulls on Friday, the short covering could get interesting.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching


We are still keeping an eye on soybeans. Here's what we are watching for:


Over the coming days our team will be watching to see if March soybeans hold support at $9.60, the low that was made on Monday.


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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for as we start out the new week:

We'll be watching the markets closely to see if nearby soybeans can close the week above resistance at $9.65?


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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

All eyes on soybeans as we close out the first week of 2018:

I am watching the double bottom on March soybeans (at $9.58) to see if that is a possible short-term low. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Along with the markets, we also keep our eyes on current events. Here's why: 

International tensions are growing regarding North Korea. Actions that would cause the US stock market to sell off could create a similar situation in commodities. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Before we break for another long holiday weekend, we'll be watching for this USDA report:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 250,000-600,000, corn 500,000-1,100,000 metric tons, soybeans 800,000-1,900,000 metric tons and soybean meal 100,000-300,000 metric tons.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's how our team will wrap up the final days of 2017: 

Get ready to participate in our “Final” crop survey for the 2017 crop year. We will be sending out the survey later today asking for your input on your final yield. Farmers who participate in our survey will get to see the survey results before the January 12th USDA report. Don't miss it!  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

The markets are open again after the long holiday weekend, and here's what our team will be watching for:

The two-week forecast is leaning drier for parts of South America. If the dry trend continues, will we see a bump up in export numbers?

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's what our team will be watching for as we move into the holidays:

Can the bulls in the soybean complex wrestle the market away from the bears over the next two weeks? These could be some rather low-volume trading sessions.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a new USDA report coming out today. Here's what our team will be watching for:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 300,000-600,000 metric tons, corn 800,000-1,300,000 metric tons, soybeans 1,000,000-2,100,000 metric tons and soybean meal 175,000-325,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our team is watching wheat futures. Here's what we'll be watching for this week: 

Can KC wheat futures break above the $4.24 wall of resistance this week? If they can, then the momentum should help the corn bulls stage a recovery rally.

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Lafayette Trading Academy 2018

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What is our team watching for currently? Here is our latest update: 

I am watching the Monday low on January soybeans at $9.57 as a possible short-term low. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What will our team be watching for as we move into this holiday week?

I am watching critical support on the weekly soybean chart at the November low at $9.58 for support on the nearby soybeans.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

The USDA has released several reports this week. This is what our team will be watching for as the last one of the week is released later today:

The Commitments of Traders report will be out at 2:00 pm today. Will the funds continue to buy back some of their huge short position in the corn market and show some nice profits for the year end?

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We'll be keeping our eyes on the USDA report coming out this morning. Here's what we'll be watching for: 

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 200,000-425,000 metric tons, corn 750,000-1,300,000 metric tons, soybeans 850,000-2,300,000 metric tons and soybean meal 100,000-200,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What will our team be watching for as 2017 comes to a close? Here's our latest update:

With just over two weeks of trading left in 2017, will the funds make any big moves? As unlikely as it sounds, they are watching the US drought maps closely.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's another USDA report being released today, and this is what we'll be watching for:

Will the USDA report today aid the bulls or the bears? Here are key levels to watch: $3.48 and $3.61 in March corn; $9.80 and $10.15 in January soybeans. If you're a Kluis client, or currently trying out our 30-day free trial, you can join our team today at 10:45 AM CST to watch as these USDA reports release and we analyze the[...]

What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What are we currently keeping an eye on? Here's an excerpt from this morning's report: 

I am watching critical support on the weekly soybean chart at $9.75.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report coming out this morning. Here's why our team will be watching for it:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 200,000-400,000 metric tons, corn 800,000-1,300,000 metric tons, soybeans 900,000-1,700,000 metric tons and soybean meal 150,000-300,000 metric tons. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We've got our eyes on soybeans. Here's why:

Soybeans are closing in on our next sell targets. 10% sales should be made if the following prices are hit: $10.28 January futures and $10.38 November futures.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What will our team be watching in the coming days and weeks? All eyes on Argentina, for the moment: 

The weather in Argentina has some of the hottest temps of the year in the forecast for next weekend. It is too early to see any crop damage but it is the pattern that we are watching. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching as we get into the month of December: 

I am watching the September high on the soybean continuation chart at $10.03. A close in January soybeans above $10.03 will project nearly soybean prices up to $10.30.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Happy December! Here's what our team wants you to be watching as we start out this new month:

Keep a close eye on your local basis levels for both corn and soybeans, which should continue to improve over the next 3-4 weeks.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report coming out this morning, and here's why our team will be watching for it:

Weekly export sales will be released out at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 250,000-500,000 metric tons, corn 700,000-1,300,000 metric tons, soybeans 700,000-1,200,000 metric tons and soybean meal 100,000-350,000 metric tons.                  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what we'll be watching as we close out the month of November: 

The end of November has marked a change in trend the last three years for December corn futures. Will we see it again this year? At-the-money January calls are trading less than a nickel.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What is our team watching for this week? Here's our latest update: 

I am watching the weather in South America, where the weather pattern still looks hot and dry for Argentina. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Harvest has wrapped up and here's what our team will be watching following the long holiday break: 

I am watching the September high on the soybean continuation chart at $10.03. A close in January soybeans above $10.03 will project early soybean prices up to $10.30.   

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for as we break for the Thanksgiving Holiday: 

The soybean bulls have been able to maintain prices within a nickel of the highs from last Friday. If they are able to push the January contract over $9.94, then the next stop should be near $10.08.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

How do holidays impact the markets? Here's what our team will be watching over Thanksgiving: 

Short term levels of support and resistance become more important during holiday trade. $9.92 and $9.82 are important prices to watch for January soybeans. A move through either price could lead to a 10 cent follow-through in that direction.

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Wednesday AM Update

Wednesday AM Update

What impact does the end of harvest have on markets? Here's what our team watches for:

As harvest wraps up, expect corn and soybean basis level to improve. Also watch the spreads. Producers are reluctant to sell at these levels, so I think we will see the big carries in the market erode. If you have contracts to get rolled out, consider getting them done sooner than later. 

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Friday AM Update

Friday AM Update

Before the weekend begins there will be one more USDA report that our team will be watching for. Here's why:

The Commitments of Traders report will be out at 2:00 pm. Will the funds push their corn short position to a record number? The old record short position is 229,000 contracts.     

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report releasing this morning. Here's why our team will be watching for it:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 350,000-800,000, corn 800,000-2,200,000 metric tons, soybeans 1,000,000-1,650,000 metric tons and soybean meal 125,000-250,000 metric tons.   

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will have our eye on today:

Crude oil was down nearly $2.00 during the day Tuesday. Did the negative move in oil translate to heavier selling in corn? Keep an eye on the correlation between oil and corn. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team is watching:

We're watching the November and January soybean charts. The January contract becomes the nearby contract today and is trading at a 9 cent premium to the November contract. Will that continuation gap get filled?

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

It's a new week and this is what our team will be keeping an eye on as it gets underway:

I am watching the two-week high in January soybeans at $10.08. A close in January soybeans above $10.08 will confirm a seasonal low in soybeans. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Did you know there's another USDA report being released today? Here's why our team will be watching for it:

The Commitments of Traders report will be out at 2:00 pm. Will the funds add to their already huge short position in corn? They are already at near-record position.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching


There's a USDA report coming out today that our team will be watching for. Here's why:

The USDA report today should provide the news to break corn and soybeans out of the recent ranges they have been stuck in. Which direction will it be? We'll be watching the release of these reports LIVE during our Hoopla Webinar at 10:45AM CST, and will assess the immediate market reaction. Join us

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We're midway through the week, and this is what our team will be watching as we wrap it up: 

Key resistance for January soybeans rests at $10.13. If the bulls are able to close above this level, then the next upside target is the July high at $10.54.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our team will be watching corn prices closely this week. Here's why: 

When will corn break out of this extended trading channel? The current corn chart pattern reminds me of the pattern that developed in the fall of 2006, right before everything changed. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching


Here's the latest update on what our team will be watching for in the days to come:

I am watching the two-week high in January soybeans at $10.00. A close in January soybeans above $10.00 will confirm a seasonal low in soybeans. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

The end of harvest season is fast approaching. Here's what our team will be watching for: 

Keep an eye on corn and soybean basis levels. As we approach the end of harvest, look for basis levels to start to firm up a bit. They may not firm up much though, due to huge piles of grain around the countryside.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's a USDA report being released this morning, and our team will be watching for it. Here's why:

Weekly export sales will be released out at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 300,000-500,000 metric tons, corn 750,000-1,300,000 metric tons, soybeans 800,000-1,400,000 metric tons and soybean meal 125,000-250,000 metric tons. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watcing as we start out November: 

$55.24 was the high scored in early January for crude oil. Prices are dangerously close to testing that high again. If prices roll over and head lower, then I will be watching for any negative impact on grain prices.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Our team will be watching soybeans today. Here's why:

How heavy will be today's deliveries be against the November soybean futures? Today is the first notice day against the November contract.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching


Good morning! Here's what our team will be keeping an eye on as October comes to a close:

Can January soybeans close above the $9.89 high this week? That would be a good chart signal. The last trade this morning is at $9.93.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There's another USDA report coming out before this week is over. Here's why our team will be watching for it: 

The Commitments of Traders report will be out at 2:00 pm today. Will the funds push their net short position to 200,000 contracts short for corn? If so, then this isn’t a long term bearish factor. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

There is a USDA report coming out today that our team will be watching for. Here's why:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 300,000-500,000 metric tons, corn 800,000-1,400,000 metric tons, soybeans 1,200,000-1,800,000 metric tons and soybean meal 150,000-250,000 metric tons.          

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team has our eye on currently: 

Soybean bulls have found support at the 20-day average ($9.74). A close below this support will likely trigger further selling down to the 50-day average at $9.63. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching for the rest of the week:

Can the low in December corn on Monday ($3.43) hold through the rest of this week? A close above $3.58 will be above the two-week high and the 50-day moving average.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Good morning! Here is an update on what our team will be watching for in the days to come: 

I am watching the huge fund position short position. It is over 170,000 contracts. When this exceeds 200,000, it becomes quite bullish for prices over the long term.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What will our team be watching as this week comes to a close? Here's our latest update: 

Will the Commitments of Traders report this afternoon show the funds adding more longs to their soybean position? Will total corn shorts surpass the 200,000 mark? Both items could impact price direction early next week.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

The USDA will release a report today. Here's what our team will be watching for: 

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 200,000-400,000 metric tons, corn 700,000-1,400,000 metric tons, soybeans 1,000,000-1,800,000 metric tons and soybean meal 100,000-200,000 metric tons.          

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We're watching South American weather. Why? Here's what our team is watching for:

Keep an eye on the weather maps for South America. Some of the driest areas in Brazil are on track to get some much-needed rains the end of this month. If these rains do not materialize, then look for the funds to step in and support the soybean market again. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What will our team be watching for in the near future? Here's our latest update: 

I am watching the two-week high in December Corn at $3.56. A close above $3.56 will confirm a seasonal low in corn last week at $3.42.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What does our team have our eye on right now? Here's our latest update: 

I am watching the extended forecasts for central and eastern Brazil where the hot dry weather pattern is delaying soybean planting. Now that it is after October 15, this will begin to impact soybean and double-crop corn yields.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching


There's a USDA report coming out this morning. Here's why our team will be watching for it: 

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 250,000-550,000 metric tons, corn 700,000-1,700,000 metric tons, soybeans 600,000-2,000,000 metric tons and soybean meal 150,000-200,000 metric tons.    
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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What will our team be watching for when the USDA reports are released today? Here's our latest update: 

Will we get an increase in yield on both corn and soybeans in the 11 AM USDA report? Will we see the corn carryout number increase due to slower demand than expected?       

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching: 

If the bears are able to close November soybean futures below $9.52, then it signals a change in trend. The momentum traders that were bullish would likely flip those positions and turn bearish. The bulls must hold support.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team is currently watching:

In South America, some of the very dry areas may get rain later this week. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What is our team watching as we start off the week? Here's our latest update: 

How much rain will hit (and where) in the eastern Corn Belt due to Hurricane Nate? This looks to be a long, drawn-out corn and soybean harvest. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What will our team be watching as we move into the weekend? Here's our latest update: 

Another hurricane may make US landfall next week. Will this cause some harvest delays as it pushes up into the middle of the US? If so, then expect funds to be net buyers of corn and soybeans. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching


There's a report coming out today that our team will be watching for. Here's why: 

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 300,000-500,000 metric tons, corn 350,000-750,000 metric tons, soybeans 600,000-1,200,000 metric tons and soybean meal 100,000-200,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What could help corn find support? Here's what our team will be watching for: 

Keep an eye on the 50-day moving average for the December CBOT and KC wheat futures ($4.55 for both). If the bulls can surpass that resistance, then we could see momentum traders jump in on the long side. Any positive move in wheat should help corn find support. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What is our team current keeping an eye on? Here's our latest update: 

I am watching the corn carrying charge. We are close to recommending that you lock in the carry out to July 2018 corn futures with the Dec 17 to July 18 spread trading at 29 cents. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's what our team will be watching as we start off October: 

I am watching the weather and weather forecasts for South America where rain is helping prospects for Brazil, but too much rain is damaging prospects in Argentina. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

We're already wrapping up September and will be entering into October over the weekend! So, what will our team be watching as the month comes to an end?

Today we'll be watching the USDA reports as they release at 11:00AM. Will the USDA give us any surprises in these reports? 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

It's already Thursday and this is what our team will be watching for as we roll into the weekend: 

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 250,000-450,000 metric tons, corn 450,000-850,000 metric tons, soybeans 1,800,000-2,500,000 metric tons and soybean meal 125,000-250,000 metric tons.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Here's an update on what our team will be watching this week:

Traders are focusing on rain forecasts for Brazil. If moisture falls short of expectations, then soybean prices should move back toward the high end of the recent range. Corn and wheat prices should react positively as well. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What will I have my eye on this week? Here's the latest update: 

I am watching the Friday high and low in nearby corn and soybeans to see which way prices break out after the USDA reports later this week.  

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Good morning! Here's what our team is watching as we wrap up the month of September:

Watch the harvest reports. Harvest is moving into full swing in all of the Corn Belt this week, once it dries out. 

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Good morning and happy friday. Here's what our team will be watching as we roll into the weekend: 

With harvest picking up across much of the US this weekend, keep an ear open for yield reports. Will they continue to be impressive or do we run into some disappointing yields?   

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Good morning! Cory here with an update on what our team has their eyes on this week: 

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 150,000-450,000 metric tons, corn 550,000-1,100,000 metric tons, soybeans 1,000,000-1,600,000 metric tons and soybean meal 75,000-250,000 metric tons.   

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

This is Bob Linneman here with a mid-week update on what our team is watching: 

In order for the bulls to regain control, they will need to push prices above $9.83 on November soybeans and $3.62 on December corn. Yield reports will have to consistently disappoint for those levels to be broken.

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

What will our team be watching for in the days ahead? Weather.

We'll be keeping our fingers on the pulse of weather around the world. It is staying too wet in Argentina, hot and dry in central Brazil, and dry in the eastern one-third of Australia. It appears that a La Nina is starting to develop. What impact will these systems have on markets as they continue to unfold?

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What We're Watching

What We're Watching

Good morning! This is Al Kluis here with your daily update on what our team will be watching as we get this week started: 

We recommend that you watch the crude oil chart. A close this Friday above $50 will be positive for energy and grain prices. It looks like the commodity sector is bottoming.  

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What I'm Watching September 15, 2017

What I'm Watching September 15, 2017

This is Cory Bratland with an update on what our team is watching as the week comes to a close:

Harvest is slowly picking up across much of the US. Keep a close eye on the yield reports. With no major threat of frost, the corn and soybean yields could possibly inch higher.  

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What I'm Watching: September 12, 2017

What I'm Watching: September 12, 2017

Good morning, this is Al checking in to start your week off with our latest update on what our team is watching: 

Watch the large continuation gaps in corn and wheat. Unless the USDA Report is bullish I expect corn and all of the wheat contracts to back and fill these large gaps on the continuation charts. Watch where the September contracts go off on Thursday. 

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What I'm Watching: September 11, 2017

What I'm Watching: September 11, 2017

Good morning, this is Al checking in to start your week off with our latest update on what our team is watching: 

Watch the US dollar. With all of the damage from the recent hurricanes it is doubtful if the FED will raise interest rates in December. The close last week below 92 sets up a price target at 88 for the US dollar index. The lower dollar will be very positive long term for US grain and meat exports. 



What I'm Watching:September 8, 2017

What I'm Watching:September 8, 2017

Cory here! Checking in with an update on what we'll be watching as we roll into the weekend:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 350,000-550,000 metric tons, corn 650,000-1,250,000 metric tons, soybeans 500,000-1,400,000 metric tons and soybean meal 150,000-450,000 metric tons.               

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What I'm Watching:September 6, 2017

What I'm Watching:September 6, 2017

Bob Linneman here, checking in with an upate on what our team is currently watching: 

If the stock market falters as international tensions rise, then it would likely drag grain prices lower. Even with a bullish story, grain bulls will have their work cut out if the equity market comes under pressure. 

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What I'm Watching: September 5, 2017

What I'm Watching: September 5, 2017

Al here, checking in with our second update of September! Here's what our team will be keeping an eye on as we start the new month: 

Watch what the USDA Crop Progress reports today. Some of the key numbers I am watching are the corn maturity percentage, and the soybean dropping leaves percentage. The corn and soybean crops are 8 to 10 days behind normal in the northern Corn Belt, and the weather early this week will not[...]

What I'm Watching: September 1, 2017

What I'm Watching: September 1, 2017

Cory here! Checking in with our last update for the month of August. Currently we'll be keeping our eyes on:

Keep an eye on the commitment of traders report. It will be released out at 2:00 pm today. With the report showing the positions of the Funds as of Tuesday this week, how many contracts short will the report show?               

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What I'm Watching: August 31, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 31, 2017

Cory here! Checking in with our last update for the month of August. Currently we'll be keeping our eyes on:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 300,000-600,000 metric tons, corn 450,000-1,000,000 metric tons, soybeans 650,000-1,500,000 metric tons and soybean meal 100,000-250,000 metric tons.     

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What I'm Watching: August 30, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 30, 2017

Bob here, checking in with today's update on what our team will be watching in the days to come:

Timing is due this week for an extreme in prices. It appears to be following last year’s pattern very closely. Watch for a news story that is bearish, yet still followed by prices closing higher. That would be a great sign for the bulls.

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What I'm Watching: August 29, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 29, 2017

Al here, checking in on the last Tuesday of August with an update on what my team will be watching as we move into September. 

Prices for corn are entering the exact week when corn bottomed in 2016 (at $3.01). Watch for the first day that prices close above the two previous days' close to signal a low in corn prices. 

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What I'm Watching: August 28, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 28, 2017

Al here, checking in with this week's first update on what the team and I will be watching in the days to come:

Watch the growing degree day units in the northern Corn Belt, where slow crop maturity is an increasing concern.

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What I'm Watching: August 25, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 25, 2017

Al here, checking in with this week's first update on what the team and I will be watching in the days to come:

Prices for corn are entering the two-week time period when corn bottomed in 2016 (at $3.01). Watch for the first day that prices close above the two previous days' close to signal a low in corn prices.

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What I'm Watching: August 24, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 24, 2017

Cory here! Checking in with today's update on what our team will be keeping our eyes on: 

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 350,000-700,000 metric tons, corn 450,000-1,000,000 metric tons, soybeans 450,000-1,400,000 metric tons and soybean meal 50,000-225,000 metric tons.   

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What I'm Watching: August 23, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 23, 2017

Bob here again, checking in with today's update on what our team will be watching in the days to come:

Late yesterday, the US government announced it will charge a retroactive duty on US importers of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. This is a big win for US-based biodiesel producers, but will it have a long-term impact on the futures market?

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What I'm Watching: August 22, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 22, 2017

Bob here, checking in with today's update on what our team will be watching in the days to come:

The annual crop tour conducted by Farm Journal (formerly known as Pro Farmer) started on Monday. Keep an eye on yield comparisons to last year and to the three-year average.

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What I'm Watching: August 21, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 21, 2017

Al here, checking in with this week's first update on what the team and I will be watching in the days to come:

Watch the daily December Corn chart. After two inside days, now a close below Wednesday’s low at $3.63 will project prices down to $3.58 or to $3.52. A close above $3.66 ½ will confirm a short term low and can rally prices back to $3.78 to $3.80.  

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What I'm Watching: August 18, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 18, 2017

Cory here! Checking in with today's update on what our team will be watching in the days to come.

With the heavy selloff the past week, will the funds finally be short corn futures? The Commitments of Traders report will be out at 2:00 pm today with those numbers. 

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What I'm Watching: August 17, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 17, 2017

Cory here! Checking in with today's update on what our team will be watching in the days to come:

Weekly export sales will be released at 7:30 am. Here are the estimates: wheat 300,000-500,000 metric tons, corn 400,000-800,000 metric tons, soybeans 400,000-850,000 metric tons and soybean meal 75,000-250,000 metric tons. 

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What I'm Watching: August 16, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 16, 2017

Bob here, checking in with today's update on what the team and I will be watching in the days to come:

The current indication for weather in early September does not show signs of frost. If that were to change, then it should be the story the bulls need to jump-start a rally. 

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What I'm Watching: August 15, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 15, 2017

Al here, checking in with today's update on what the team and I will be watching in the days to come:

Currently our team will be watching to see if December corn can manage to hold critical short term support at $3.70 this week.

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What I'm Watching: August 14, 2017

What I'm Watching: August 14, 2017

Al here, checking in with today's update on what the team and I will be watching in the days to come:

Watch the crop conditions report today. If conditions move lower, then odds are good that the USDA will eventually take yields lower as well. 

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What We're Watching: August 11, 2017

What We're Watching: August 11, 2017


Cory here, checking in with today's update on what the team and I will be watching in the days to come:


Recent weather gave much of the US mild temps and some much needed precipitation in key areas. Crop conditions for corn will likely stabilize and soybeans will likely improve next week.   

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What We're Watching: August 9, 2017

What We're Watching: August 9, 2017

Al here, checking in with today's update on what my team and I will be watching in the days to come:

The crop report on Thursday should provide fuel to move the grain market. Keep a close eye on the international situation with North Korea. War of any magnitude would not be viewed as bullish for anything in the short-term.

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An updated Beta version for our app

An updated Beta version for our app

As part of the process for getting our first app approved by Apple, we had to switch some details on the Beta version. Beta testers, please switch to the Beta version and next week the 'notifications' will be for updates on the new Beta. (It has a little yellow banner on the icon, that says 'BETA').
Meanwhile, version 2.0 is pretty much done! Watch for that Beta upgrade next...!
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Beta testing of our app has started!

Beta testing of our app has started!

And we're off to the races! If you signed up to be a beta tester of our 'Al Now!' app, then last night I sent you the official invite from Apple to get your hands on the beta version. This requires you to have Apple's 'TestFlight' app on your iPhone first. (TestFlight is like an App Store for beta versions, but invitation-only!) While you are looking through our app and telling us what you think, Apple is reviewing the app[...]
Website update!

Website update!

Every few years we 'clean house' and add some new features to our site. This time around, we made the site 'responsive'. This means it works a whole lot better on a smartphone than it did before. I hope you like the changes! Let me know if you see anything that is broken-- it's my job to make it work!
Farm Program Deadline

Farm Program Deadline

Al here again with a reminder about your new Farm Program paperwork.
 
Yes, back in February, you selected your five-year farm program. But you still need to sign up each year to get the program payments. The program sign-up deadline is September 30, 2015.
 
For many northern Corn Belt farmers in the ARC-CO program, you will be collecting $70 to $80 per acre payments on corn and $20 to $40 per[...]