Karen Braun

Column: Biden should revisit China trade deal to weed out problem spots for U.S. agriculture

Jan 22 2021

FORT COLLINS, Colo. U.S. grain and oilseed producers cheered when the United States signed the Phase 1 trade deal with China a year ago, as it suggested one of their most crucial customers would be back in the American market in a bigger way than ever before.

Column: China's U.S. grain haul sparks flashbacks to 1972 'grain robbery'

Jan 21 2021

FORT COLLINS, Colo. China within the last year has bought historic volumes of U.S. corn and soybeans at prices significantly lower than those today, conjuring up memories of an American trade fiasco involving the Soviet Union a half-century ago.

Column: Rising new-crop corn, soy prices intensify U.S. acreage duel

Jan 14 2021

FORT COLLINS, Colo. There is no doubt that new-crop Chicago corn and soybean futures have risen to profitable levels for U.S. farmers in 2021, and that should support strong plantings in the spring. But the dwindling domestic stockpiles magnify the impending acreage showdown even further.

Column: Jarring U.S. corn stock revisions are making USDA’s numbers unpredictable

Jan 13 2021

FORT COLLINS, Colo. Anyone looking for fireworks following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Tuesday forecasts was not at all disappointed, but for most market participants, the recent trend in some of the numbers might be downright unsettling.

Column: Clues for 2021 corn and soybean prices might be found back in 2011

Jan 07 2021

FORT COLLINS, Colo. Chicago-traded corn and soybeans ended 2020 with a bang and the fireworks have continued into 2021. The unprecedented rally has many traders and analysts cautiously anticipating where prices will head next, and rewinding the clock by a decade might reveal some possibilities.

Column: Funds pile in to CBOT corn, pushing bullishness to eight-year high

Jan 05 2021

FORT COLLINS, Colo. Chicago-traded corn futures have recently been on an unprecedented run partially due to supply concerns in South America, and speculators and other traders have further inflated their already very bullish bets in the process.

Column-Funds shunned CBOT corn last week but were light buyers of soy -Braun

Dec 20 2020

FORT COLLINS, Colo. Chicago-traded grain and oilseed futures continued rising last week, and while speculators were buyers of soybeans, soy products and wheat during the period, they trimmed bullishness in corn for the third consecutive week.

Column: Will China boost corn output or become a permanent importer? - Braun

Dec 16 2020

FORT COLLINS, Colo. China in recent years has been notoriously absent from global corn trade, particularly when compared with its consumption rates, in its efforts to bolster food security and maintain self-sufficiency.

Column: 2014 could offer possible scenario for 2021 soybean price trends - Braun

Dec 14 2020

FORT COLLINS, Colo. Chicago soybean futures have rallied more than 30% since the start of August and are set to finish the year on the strongest note since 2013, though U.S. farmers in the spring could initiate a price reset similar to 2014 with a boost in plantings.

Column: Funds continue to trim CBOT longs, though the wheat bulls may be back

Dec 14 2020

FORT COLLINS, Colo. Speculators’ optimistic views of Chicago-traded corn and soybeans remain at historically high levels despite continued light selling last week, and although the wheat bulls had recently gone dormant, they have likely burst back onto the scene over Russian supply concerns.

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