Category: Markets

Canola School – Canola Market Outlook – Jonathan Driedger

Markets go up and markets go down. In the last thirty days canola has taken quite a run in multiple directions. Is it overbought, oversold or just right. Ask all of us in November. The trading range of $500 – $600 per tonne seems to be a real opportunity to trade the range but for… Read more »

Should We Allow Speculators in the Commodity Futures Market? – Tim Andriesen, CME Group

There has been quite a bit of commentary in the media recently from certain farm groups like the NFU and R-Calf regarding the need to eliminate or more strictly regulate speculators in the market.  Interest in commodities has greatly increased in recent years which has increased the volume of speculators trading in corn, beef and… Read more »

CNBC Fast Money Talks to Farmer Mike Haley About Cropping Decisions

With rising commodity prices TV networks like CNBC are very interested in the financial investment plays in agriculture.  Whether that is agricultural based stocks or investments in commodity ETF’s Wall Street is very interested in what farmers are doing. Mike Haley is a farmer in Ohio involved in livestock and crop production.  Mike recently appeared… Read more »

Larry Hicks Discusses When You Should Use Options Instead of Futures

With the volatility in the marketplace, producers need to be actively involved in managing risk. There is a multitude of tools available to producers. Some are simple and some are more complex. One of the more useful tools that is maybe a little more challenging for producers to wrap their heads around is options.  Using… Read more »

Bruce Burnett, CWB Gives His 2011 Wheat and Durum Outlook

Much of the attention is being paid to corn, soybean and lentil pricing this winter. The forgotten sister has been wheat. In many cases wheat is not as sexy or doesn’t get people as crazy with market anticipation. The fact is that wheat is still an incredibly important component of Western Canadian rotations. Not just… Read more »

The Three Ways to Sell at the Top of the Market – Victor Aideyan

We have covered the issue of market volatility often on RealAgriculture.com. Even with the knowledge that volatility is a new-normal, some farmers still try and aggressively sell at the top of the market to derive the highest returns possible. At the Southwest Agricultural Conference in Ridgetown, I spoke with Victor Aideyan, HISGRAIN Commodities Inc. about… Read more »

Chuck Penner Talks About Lentil Pricing

Its not only a struggle to decide what to grow but also how to price the crop in this volatile pricing market.  With special crops price discovery is an even bigger challenge fro many producers.  With the poor growing conditions last year, lentil growers that got the crop off in a timely fashion and got… Read more »

The Direction of Agriculture Commodities in 2011 – Moe Agostino, Farms.com

Agricultural commodities had a great run in 2010.  One has to wonder though if there is any opportunity for things to reverse downward just like it did two years ago as we hit July.  Some people like Ron Frost believe that we may have reached a new price plateau. Other market analysts like Moe Agostino… Read more »

Is the New Ag Commodity Price Plateau Real? – Ron Frost

When you turn on the TV or your computer, it is quite common place to hear or read about the new price reality for commodities.  Many of you that have been in this farming game for a long time have heard these kind of comments before. Many people and organizations are wondering if this price… Read more »

Outlook for the Canadian Dollar in the First Quarter of 2011

Do you remember when the Canadian Dollar was sixty cents? Remember when the Canadian Dollar was not volatile and was jokingly called the Canadian Peso. Those were seemingly easier days for many of us that are involved in export or import businesses with the United States.  With the Canadian Dollar holding near par and oil… Read more »

Global Wheat Outlook – Bruce Burnett, CWB

Across North America everyone is talking about the bullish tone of corn and soybeans. Is wheat going to be the weaker sister in 2011? How much higher will the wheat price have to go to buy some acres back from corn, soybeans, canola and lentils. Some farmers and analysts are even saying that the attention… Read more »