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30
Jun
2016
Arkansas soybean market report for June 13-24, 2016
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist The 2015 Old Crop Soybean Cash Market price lost 9 cents over the weekend preceding this two week period as old beans experienced two distinct downward movements (Figure 2).  Old beans opened on Monday, June 13, at a statewide average of $11.56.  Price fell sharply through most of the first […]

14
Jun
2016
Supply and demand for field crops – June 2016
Author: Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

By Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economist The primary components of market conditions that determine prices for U.S. field crops are the supply and demand situation for each crop and the value of the dollar. Supply and demand conditions are indicated by stocks-to-use ratios which are updated by U.S.D.A. monthly reports. Crop prices attempt to ration supply […]

13
Jun
2016
Arkansas soybean market report for June 6-10, 2016
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist A 10 cent weekend gain in the Arkansas 2015 soybean crop cash market was held into Tuesday and led to a much larger Wednesday gain that the market was able to hold through the end of the past week (Figure 1).  The market opened on Monday with a statewide average […]

07
Jun
2016
USDA Announces Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program
Author: Scott Stiles, Instructor-Economics

On June 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched the Cotton Ginning Cost Share (CGCS) program, providing cost share assistance payments to cotton producers to expand and maintain the domestic marketing of cotton. OVERVIEW: The Cotton Ginning Cost-Share (CGCS) program provides cost-share assistance payments to cotton producers with a share in the 2015 […]

06
Jun
2016
Arkansas soybean market report for May 30-June 3, 2016
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist The Arkansas 2015 soybean crop cash market came out of the extended Memorial Day weekend with an 8 cent loss and posted a statewide average of $10.62 on Tuesday.  That represented the fourth straight decline to open weekly trading.  The market proceeded to post strong gains on the next two […]

02
Jun
2016
Increased crop prices create hedging opportunities for risk management
Author: Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

By Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economist Recent price increases for soybeans and corn bring opportunities for producers to protect profit margins by hedging in the futures market. Prices trending at levels higher than price levels corresponding to current supply and demand fundamentals give price hedgers potential to lock in down side risk by using futures options. […]

01
Jun
2016
Arkansas soybean market report for May 23-27, 2016
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist The Arkansas 2015 soybean crop cash market suffered a loss for the third straight week.  A 15 cent loss was the size this past week and put the Monday opening price at $10.39.  The market remained virtually unchanged on Tuesday before enjoying a 31 cent gain on Wednesday.  Price retreated […]

20
May
2016
Arkansas soybean market report for May 16-20, 2016
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist A 5 cent weekend loss for the Arkansas 2015 soybean crop cash market was regained and more on Monday as price rose 13 cents.  The market then proceeded to trade within an 8 cent range for the remainder of the week and ultimately closed on Friday at $10.54, an overall […]

20
May
2016
Market news available for risk management
Author: Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

By Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economist Managing profitability during low prices has been a concern while planning for the 2016 production year. Recent rallies in crop prices have added a second concern to avoid locking in prices before increases reach a peak. The possibility of “leaving money on the table” with crops already planted is especially […]

17
May
2016
Arkansas soybean market report for May 9-13, 2016
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist The past short week of trading saw the Arkansas 2015 soybean crop cash market lose 9 cents over the weekend to an opening Monday price of $10.06, but the Tuesday USDA report forecast of lower stocks sent price soaring on Tuesday followed by two days of gentle correction.  The market […]