If it had not been for Wheat, human beings may never have socially and culturally developed as cosmopolitan as we have. Wheat was the first crop to be cultivated on a grand scale and stored long-term, enabling the start of city-based societies and the dawning of civilization.
Senior Broker Drew Wilkins reviews the April 9th 2015 WASDE report.
Oats are seeds or grains of a genus of plants that thrive in cool, moist climates. The oldest known cultivated Oats were found inside caves in Switzerland and are believed to be from the Bronze Age.
In an MF Global and PFG Best world, farmers and ranchers need protection. In an MF Global and PFG world, farmers and ranchers need protection. The CME Group has established a $100 million Family Farmer and Rancher Protection Fund to provide each individual participant up to $25,000 in case of losses resulting from the future… Read more.
Hedging agricultural crops using options can be a very useful risk management tool if used correctly. The number one focus of any grain producer’s marketing year is to make “cash sales” at the best possible price. However, this is much easier said than done. Why? Because we can’t predict the future. Therefore, savvy producers use… Read more.
Coffee futures and cocoa futures rose today, riding a number of factors higher for the third straight day. Today, Arabica coffee futures for July delivery passed $1.34 per pound while cocoa futures rose to $3,007 per metric ton. These numbers are up slightly from those reported by Bloomberg yesterday, which could indicate that both commodities… Read more.
Despite ongoing uncertainty in the economy, now may be a time to consider investing in livestock futures given the generally favorable conditions being cited by government officials. In its most recent Beige Book survey, the Federal Reserve notes that higher livestock prices in March helped increase profitability in this area, especially for cattle producers. The… Read more.