Grain Marketing: No Time for Panic . . . Yet

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    The 2013 crop's in the bin (or most of it). So, where do the markets go from here? To solidify your footing and stay informed about all the factors affecting your grain marketplace, check out this year's special Marketing Issue of Successful Farming! Click through to see all this year's features!

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    Looking to make better risk management decisions when it comes to buying hedges and puts? That's the goal of the latest column by market analyst Al Kluis.

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    What's it like running the CME Group, the nation's main grain marketplace? That's the topic of this month's Q&A, in which CME ag manager Tim Andriesen chats the group's history, how it functions today and its future.

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    "In the never-ending journey to create more confusion, futures exchanges across the globe have come up with a new product to enhance the customer risk hedging experience yet boost their own volumes and revenues," says market analyst and trader Scott Shellady. "Actually, this new product makes a lot of sense." What's he talking about?

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    Falling grain prices call for a 'reality check' and major market plan retooling for some farmers. See what a few farmers are doing to revamp their marketing in a time when lower grains are expected.

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    One way to make sure you're getting the most bang for your grain buck is through keeping it in good shape when it's in storage. Here are a few ways to make sure your corn and beans are in tip-top shape in the bin, even if you have to store it for a while to capture a rally down the road.

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    One growing dynamic in the grain marketplace these days is the role of more global export players, like Ukraine. In this feature, we look at how that nation's grain production -- and its resulting role in the market -- has changed and grown.

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    And, speaking of Ukraine, here's one farmer who, though he was born in Iowa and has lived much of his life in Texas, has found a lot of opportunity in farming in that nation. It's a region where there's good rainfall, solid soils and, he says, a lot more crop potential moving into the future.

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    So, what's the rise of nations like Ukraine in the global grain market mean for the U.S.? Corn exports, for example, have been slipping lately. Will that continue? See what a couple of experts say in this feature.

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    That slipping spot the U.S. occupies in the global corn market begs the question: Can the U.S. ramp up demand? Farmers and experts take a stab at an answer to that question in this feature.

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    That's not always a simple question to answer, either. On top of the ag-specific factors at home, there's a lot going on on a macro level around the world that weighs on how prices evolve. Here are a few of those factors to keep an eye on.

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    One of those ag-specific factors -- global corn acres -- remains something of a wildcard moving into 2014, experts say. A big part of the equation lies in South America. How their acres unfold will have a lot to do with how much the U.S. occupies the general corn export market.

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    So, what do all these factors mean to your marketing plan and how you move your grain? That's part of a survey Successful Farming conducted with farmers on their marketing tendencies. A key takeaway: How grain's marketed depends a lot on farm size.

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    One factor influencing the markets more and more these days is getting that grain from your farm to the marketplace. There are growing issues with river transportation in the U.S., for example, and those issues cost you money.

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    Another factor weighing on corn prices: Ethanol production and usage. While it's been down because of higher corn prices in the last few years, there's growing contention that usage and production will both see a rebound. What will it mean to your market?

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    Sure, prices are lower these days. But, that doesn't mean your income has to be lower too. "After a time of economic boom, old-fashioned financial analysis and specific tools like managing interest rates are back in the spotlight," writes Dan Looker.

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    And, there's a silver lining to the lower corn prices cloud for farmers: Cheaper fertilizer. Prices are falling and could continue to fall – especially for nitrogen – as the global marketplace becomes slightly more competitive.

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    There's a seasonal rally in the soybean market that analyst Roy Smith has long observed: The 'Dead Cat Bounce.' See why Smith, a longtime market analyst for Successful Farming and, says the bounce is hitting late this year.

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    If your grain delivery depends on river transportation on the MIssissippi, you face logjams, sure. But, nothing like what's going on in Brazil. Here's an update on the Brazilian 'crop logistics drama' from our correspondent in Brazil, Luis Vieira.

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    Your markets ultimately depend on the kind of crop that's raised. And, that crop depends a lot on things like soil and weather conditions today. But, it may not in the future. Here's one scenario.

Flip through the pages of the mid-November special marketing issue of Successful Farming!

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