Grain Marketing Guidance Archive

2019 Grain Markets: Planning is Imperative

January 16, 2019

It was a challenging 2018. The year started with positive news: projections of record soy demand and weather issues in Argentina. But then we had a perfect storm: a trade war, a better-than-expected South American crop, and another huge

How to Approach Your 2019 Grain Marketing

December 6, 2018

Ready for some good news for a change? This was a challenging year for markets, but if seasonal trends hold true, we may have weathered the weakest months. Opportunities have come around again to jump on spring prices for

Take Control of Your 2019 Grain Marketing

November 8, 2018

A record harvest along with lingering trade uncertainty have weighed on markets. But as you continue to farm, there’s one thing you have to fall back on: discipline—doing the right things, step by step. It’s not too early to

How to Evaluate Your 2018 Grain Marketing

October 4, 2018

With harvest underway, hopefully your 2018 grain marketing plan is still in place, guiding you on whether to sell or store the extra bushels in this large harvest. Successful businesses continually review their wins and losses so they can

Save Big on Major Input Costs

September 12, 2018

In this farm economy, you’re looking to reduce costs on anything you can. With fertilizer making up one-third of your input costs for corn and soybeans, this is a great place to start. Locking in a good price when fertilizer

Need Cash at Harvest? Don’t Surrender Upside

August 9, 2018

With cash rents, repair bills, and other expenses coming due, you may be anxious to sell some of your harvest grain. But a cash-only sale has a drawback: you walk away from potential upside in the market. And storing

When to Adjust Your Grain Marketing Plan

July 12, 2018

There’s a fine line between staying flexible in your grain marketing and acting on a hunch. Learn the difference from Dale Jackson and Jim Sibbel, ADM representatives who work with grain producers to navigate challenging markets. In Episode 4

How to Ride Out a Rocky Market

June 25, 2018

Corn and soybean markets have been discouraging lately, to say the least. Trade uncertainty, changing world demand, fund positions, and large crop projections have created a crazy environment around commodity prices. It’s natural to fear what’s next and wonder what

Market Your New Crop Around Price Targets

June 7, 2018

By now, you know your 2018 input costs, and have price targets for your corn and soybeans. But can you realistically capture them in these markets? Yes, say two guests on Episode 3 of In the Driver’s Seat, our grain

A Better Way to Manage Farm Budgets and Risk (Updated)

May 9, 2018

Your operation has many financial moving parts, from input and land costs to projected yields and crop insurance—and they’re all connected. A change in one factor changes your whole outlook, yet recalculating with manual methods can take hours. (Learn

The Secret to Better Grain Marketing

April 10, 2018

Successful companies start with a basic business plan. Farming is no different. In fact, with the future of your farm on the line, developing a grain marketing plan is one of the most important factors in determining your success.

Manage Fertilizer Prices and Supply

March 20, 2018

Farmers today typically spend about one third of their total input costs on fertilizer. Now, a fertilizer purchasing program called ADM Farm Direct Fertilizer gives producers more control over crop nutrition costs, and can reduce them significantly in many

In the Driver’s Seat: Four Farm Risk Management Principles

February 12, 2018

In this farm economy, it’s hard to feel like you have any power over the revenue side of your operation. But now more than ever, it’s crucial to take charge of decisions that drive profitability. So we’re launching a five-part