November 02, 2012 | Grain Hedge Insights | Jackie Roembke | Views: 141

Barge Rates Decline, Spurring Basis at River Terminals

Sharp decline in barge rates had a pronounced impact on soybean basis, while corn benefited only slightly

Finally, after two weeks of barge rate increases, we observed a sharp decline across the river system. The St. Louis rate declined 19% last week giving soybean basis along the river space to improve 11 ¼ cents between Oct. 25th and Oct.  31st. Movement of soybeans through Mississippi river...

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October 26, 2012 | Grain Hedge Insights | Jackie Roembke | Views: 113

Barge Rate Spike Puts Pressure on River Markets

Strong demand for soybean shipping helps boost barge rates 10-20 cents over the past week. Basis softens along the river terminals as a result.

Increases of 10 to 20 cents a bushel in barge rates the past week put significant pressure on river terminal basis.  Thanks to strong demand for soybean barging, rates have begun to move higher which pressured river basis levels, with losses of 10 to 20 cents a bushel fairly common along the...

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October 22, 2012 | Grain Hedge Insights | Jackie Roembke | Views: 110

After Harvest Lows Soybean Basis Rebound Remains Lackluster

Soybean basis improved in the northwest following the end of harvest, but the eastern states continue to experience depressed basis due to double crop bean harvest.

The basis lows were printed in the last week of September for both corn and soybeans on average throughout the nation. In just the last week, the national average basis for soybeans improved nearly a cent while corn basis continued climbing, up another 1 1/3 cents on the week.  Despite the...

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October 15, 2012 | Grain Hedge Insights | Jackie Roembke | Views: 109

Harvest Low Short-Lived in Cash Grain Market

Basis on the rise as harvest wraps up in key producing areas

If you blinked, you likely missed it this year. The usual drop in basis levels seen around harvest has been mostly non-existent this year, except for a few parts of the country with better supply prospects. Since September 1, corn basis has fallen only 5 cents while beans posted a more...

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October 05, 2012 | Grain Hedge Insights | Jackie Roembke | Views: 100

Grain Barge Rates Sink, Lends Support to Grain Basis

River terminals to become more competitive

An early grain harvest this year has meant an earlier peak in barge rates. Over the past few days barge rates have begun to fall suggesting that the trend may be set for barge rates to continue the post-harvest harvest seasonal slide. Although average corn and soybean basis this week was up...

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October 04, 2012 | Tech Talk | Jackie Roembke | Views: 189

Has Your CEO Seen the ROI of the VOIP?

Voice over internet phone systems can work for your ag business

Ten years ago I switch our home phone service that Qwest provided to a VOIP service, which stands for “Voice Over Internet Protocol.”  The VOIP service works the same as the old-fashion phone except it used high speed internet to carry the conversations vs. the traditional phone line.  Five...

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October 01, 2012 | Grain Hedge Insights | Jackie Roembke | Views: 101
September 25, 2012 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 355

Industry Invests in its Future

Auburn feed mill stands as proof

During my two-hour drive from Birmingham and Auburn to write this issue's cover story, "Auburn's New Feed Mill Comes to Roost," I tried to mentally prepare my questions for Dr. Don Conner, the head of the university's poultry science department, and Mitchell Pate, director of the poultry...

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September 13, 2012 | Grain Hedge Insights | Jackie Roembke | Views: 97

Cash Grain Update—Sept. 14

Storage for both corn and soybeans looks unfavorable

Spot corn and soybean basis has made slight gains so far this month. Spot corn moved up half a cent while spot soybeans increased a penny. The Gulf has done little to support both markets as corn basis gained one cent and soybean basis actually lost four cents. Barge rates also hampered...

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September 13, 2012 | Views on the News | | Views: 155

Feed & Grain Expands Newsletter

Introducing Monday edition to provide a

If you’re one of the nearly 9,000 people who receive Feed & Grain’s Industry Watch E-newsletter, thank you for taking the time each week to open and read our offering. Our staff closely follows news on the critical issues that impact the feed and grain industry, and we’re dedicated to...

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