Grain Elevator Managers Feel the Strain

Business has been disrupted by trade wars, harvest delays and now a pandemic

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The grain trade in the Upper Midwest seems bedeviled at every turn — unprecedented harvest woes, trade wars, and now a worldwide coronavirus scare, reports AgWeek.

Now that the US and China have signed phase one of a new trade deal, Tyler Stegman, general manager for Columbia Grain International LLC, told AgWeek he is cautiously optimistic that there will be a market again for the “normal” time period of the October to December.

He also says his elevator is handling a lot of corn, saying "it feels like corn harvest started a week and a half ago."

And in the background? COVID-19 is “another hiccup,” Stegman says, driving down prices and dampening farmer interest in selling.

Read the full report here.

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