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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[...]