Tag: Moe Agostino

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Lower Corn Yields Leading to an Early Christmas Rally?

Can corn production on the western side of the U.S. Corn Belt offset the reduced yields due to excess moisture in the east? That’s one of the corn market’s main questions heading into harvest. After visiting fields under knee-deep water in early July, Moe Agostino of Farms.com Risk Management says it was clear corn and soybean yields… Read more »

RealAg Markets: Few Surprises in Corn & Soy WASDE report; Bearish news Abounds

Few farmers want to hear bearish news, but ignoring the warning signs of an impending price slide may just mean you end up on the wrong side of it. About this time last year, Moe Agostino, of Farms.com Risk Management, was calling for a price slide in both corn and soy, and farmers, begrudgingly, have… Read more »

RealAg Markets: Giant Western Canadian Crop Adds to Bearish Market Outlook

Bin-busting crops are never something to wish away, but the simple laws of supply and demand eventually come in to play when everyone has a lot of crop to sell. While that’s oversimplifying grain markets, the overall message is clear — decent quality wheat, corn and other grains are going to be easy to find… Read more »

Corn School: Cool Start, Risk of Drought Buoys Corn Prices

A cool start delayed corn planting in the U.S., so much so that there’s a rumoured 78 million acres of soybeans in the ground down south.  A late start means the critical pollination period of the crop — a huge factor in determining yield —  into the typically hot weeks of late July. While the… Read more »

Soybean School: Are There Really That Many U.S. Acres? Watch for Fireworks: Moe Agostino

Farmers and analysts alike will be watching Friday’s USDA report for several reasons, and one of them will be the soybean acreage number. Poor planting weather in many corn-heavy U.S. states has many thinking the shift out of corn and into soybeans puts the total acres somewhere north of 77 million acres. If it’s below… Read more »

Tight Supplies, Weather Issues Offer Short-Term Market Support: Moe Agostino

Pricing new crop is rarely a low-risk venture — the crop is a long way from made and there’s a mountain of weather information, seeded acreage reports and variable demand to distill down into an opinion on price direction. It’s exactly that type of distilling that Moe Agostino, with Farms.com Risk Management, does on a… Read more »

Do Poor Canola Yields Equal Higher Prices?

It was strong demand for oilseed that resulted in a record number of acres of canola being planted in Western Canada this spring. Unfortunately, that record number of acres didn’t translate into a record crop. Weather, disease and other factors gave the Western Canadian canola crop a solid beating this year. The result, as Moe… Read more »

Corn School – Corn – Where Are We Now & Where Are We Going In 2013?

The price of corn is something that’s weighing heavy on the minds of producers right now. Not producers only, but everyone affected either directly or indirectly with the crop is wondering where corn will top out and where it’s headed as we look to 2013. In this episode of the Corn School, Moe Agostino of… Read more »

Soybean School: Is this the Top of the Market?

As the soybean harvest kicks off in Ontario, farmers are enjoying high prices, but the question is always, for how long? We caught up with Farms.com’s Moe Agostino at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show last week hot on the heels of the USDA report. His call? We’re at the top of the soybean market, and next… Read more »

The Summer of $600 Canola with Moe Agostino

Commodities markets are a very complex ecosystem. On the surface it may seem as simple as supply and demand affecting pricing on any given commodity. That is true, but underneath is a very complex web that ties a number of different commodities together. When it comes to effectively predicting which way prices are going to… Read more »

Strategies For Livestock Producers Trying to Buy Feed for Fall 2012

Risk management is the new reality of every feed yard owner and livestock producer. Forward buying your feed barley or corn can really pay off in a rising market.  Its just too bad that it is so difficult to try and decipher which direction this market is heading in the next 120 days. At Canada’s… Read more »

Corn School – Bullish or Bearish Corn Prices in 2012?

The story for corn in 2012 is going to depend on a number of things. Numbers are first and foremost the determining factor in this story. How much demand will there be globally? How many acres are going to be planted? How much good seed is available to be planted? What will the yields look… Read more »

Soybean School – Will Soybean Prices Return to the 2008 Highs?

It looks as though the basics of supply and demand are at work in a dramatic way in the soybean market to the point where soybeans could return to the highs of 2008. China is leading the charge on the demand side both from the consumer and the livestock end with growth in global demand… Read more »

USDA WASDE Report is Very Bearish

Moe Agostino, from Farms.com Risk Management reports on yesterday’s USDA report which has really thrown the corn and soybean market into a bearish tailspin.  the market was somewhat surprised by the numbers but the reality is that ending stocks in corn, wheat and soybeans is not good if you are looking for higher prices. As… Read more »