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Volatile Grain Prices Limit Co-op Buying

With Russia's war against Ukraine causing uncertainty, some co-ops are suspending cash bids

Grain elevator near railroad in Nebraska via pixabay mar 2022

A highly volatile commodities market caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine has prompted some farmer cooperatives to suspend their cash bids to buy grain from producers, reports the Iowa Capital Dispatch.

Landus Cooperative, Iowa's largest agriculture co-op, announced Friday it would cease its cash grain bids at 1 p.m. that day because of “increased market risk & volatility caused by the Russia-Ukraine conflict,” according to a note on its website that has since been removed.

Landus resumed its normal grain bidding on Monday, said Mary Harrington, a spokesperson for the company.

“It’s not just Landus doing this,” Chad Hart, an economics professor at Iowa State University who specializes in crop markets, told the Dispatch.

“In extreme situations like this, if they’re really worried about the risk, they’ll just pull the bid off for a day or two and then jump back in later when they feel the markets are more settled.”

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