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....15-year low U.S. corn stocks supply
...Currently, a much slower-than-average planting season
With 2011 average net profits per acre running between $300-$500 per acre vs. $50-$100 historically, farmers are seeing returns very seldom experienced on grain farming.
in June of 2008 corn futures traded at a record price of $8.00 per bushel but fell back to the $3.00 mark in December of that same year. Likewise, the June 2008 soybean market hit blasted to $16.50 per bushel, only to sink in October to $8.50.
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Just for others who may pass this way, it was explained to me that there are huge differences between year to year, contract month to contract month, old to new crop and that this year's difference is not unusual. Factors in deliveries such as demand from China, weather etc play a role in contract price differentials that are not a factor in index futures, monetary futures, metals etc.
These factors can vary quickly so the demand from China was pushing up prices in the May contract and then rains and increased plantings pushing down prices 2 days later. As a corn newbie it seems to me that the closer to expiry the more these "news" factors can play in large price swings in the near term month.
I have decided to go with Gann's advice and roll-over to (well do my price tracing on) Sept. This is because the contract roll-over gives a big jump/drop in price action so data I track such as change in midpoint, 3d average range etc have a shift and it takes a few days before my spreadsheet is back in sync.
It doesn't seem that trading corn is something you pick up overnight :-)
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