Lower Crude Oil Pressures Stock and Commodity Prices

Even after more than 40 years in the business, I am still confused by the impact of crude oil prices on the stock and commodity markets. 

In the 1970s, I was just learning about the futures market when OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) got tough for the first time and raised the price of crude oil. 

In 1973, OPEC flexed its muscle and embargoed oil exports. Crude oil prices flew from $10 per barrel to $40 per barrel. This had an inflationary impact on the U.S. and global economies. 


Soybean Farming in Brazil Stays Profitable

With beans at these prices, soybean farming in Brazil is profitable. Farmers will continue to increase soybean acreage by taking land out of pasture and hay, and planting more soybeans.


5 Strategies to Consider for the 2015 Crop

It's been a tough year for marketing, so our resident crop markets expert is helping you make informed decisions. Take advantage of his five suggested strategies and try avoiding the three mistakes he mentions.


4 Ways to Handle this Bull Market

Base your selling decisions on your farm profitability and do not worry about what you are reading on the Internet. The same people who wrote about $8 soybeans in June are now writing about $21 soybeans; they are likely to be wrong again.