The smell of dirt being turned to the surface, the sound of planters sowing seeds, and the promise of new growth to sustain the world: Planting Season 2022 is here. Weather events and supply concerns due to the Russian/Ukrainian conflict have made for an interesting… Read More »2022 Midwest Planting Update
Welcome to Blog number 1 of WTH aka What The Hedge; a series designed to identify, entertain, and explain commonly used grain marketing terms and acronyms. We thought there was no better place to start this blog series than to define an IB or an… Read More »WTH? Introducing Brokers
Post COVID-19, runaway inflation has unsurprisingly caused a shift in the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy strategy, now expected to take a more aggressive approach to interest rate hikes. Both supply chain woes and an excess money supply caused inflation to rise 8.5% in March of… Read More »The potential impacts of the Federal Reserve’s Interest Rate Hikes
The History of E15 Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen ethanol in the headlines, thanks mainly to President Biden’s recent trip to Iowa. During the President’s trip to the Hawkeye State, his administration announced that they would be temporarily lifting seasonal restrictions… Read More »E-15: The Good, The Bad, The Exaggerated
Background on Conflict Every production year brings about uncertainty for agricultural producers however, 2022 is off to a never-before-seen start. All eyes have been on Eastern Europe since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th. From its humanitarian concerns to its impact on global commodity markets,… Read More »Impact of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine on U.S. Agriculture
Welcome back to another edition of Moline’s Musings! March 15th, marks the sales closing date for revenue protection crop insurance. It has been a couple of weeks, but we officially established the Spring crop insurance price at the end of February. Now that you have… Read More »Moline’s Musings: Crop insurance locked in, now what?
One of the core aspects of any risk management strategy, regardless of whether you are a farmer in the Midwest or a hedge fund manager in New York City, is managing inflationary risk. Recently, the price of everything has gone up from a pound of… Read More »The Bottom Line on Inflation
Is it a chore to get ready for a meeting with your banker? Do you dread the meetings with your lender like others do going to the dentist? I hope by the end of your reading you will have a better perspective on what your… Read More »Do you have a banker on the bench?
With crop insurance decision season upon us, it had us wondering about the basics of crop insurance. We thought it would be worthwhile piecing together some of the basics on crop insurance and how our current form of crop insurance came about, defining some key… Read More »The 411 on Crop Insurance with Jeana Harms