Elaine Kub

Contributing Analyst
Elaine Kub

Elaine Kub is the author of Mastering the Grain Markets: How Profits Are Really Made -- a 360-degree look at all aspects of grain trading, which draws on her experiences as a futures broker, market analyst, grain merchandiser, and farmer. She grew up on a family farm in South Dakota and holds an engineering degree and an MBA.

Recent Blogs by Author

  • The Drought Severity and Coverage Index is currently at the lowest level observed in the United States Drought Monitor archives going back to 2000. (Photo courtesy of the National Drought Mitigation Center)

    For the first time in 19 years, this week's U.S. Drought Monitor map will likely show no area of the continental United States in anything worse than "moderate" drought. This isn't automatically...

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  • Where unusually heavy spring rain and flooding occurred, farmers were unable to plant crops on more than 19 million acres in 2019. (DTN photo by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    Questions remain about the crop acreage numbers that underpin official supply projections -- especially about how many "planted" acres will ultimately be harvested for grain.

  • The 2019 data point remains an uncertain prediction from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. (Graphic by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    Living through the 2019 growing season may feel absolutely unique in history, but in terms of the ultimate data points that will go on the history books, lower corn yields could seem like nothing more than a blip.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Nearby lean hog contracts extended their rally late in Wednesday's session with gains of $2.95 in the August contract. Live cattle and feeder cattle, meanwhile, pulled back with modest losses.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle prices were somewhat lower across the board Tuesday, with the front-month August live contact down $0.275, and steeper losses in feeders: down $0.75 in the October contract. Deferred lean hog contracts enjoyed another...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures contracts were mixed across the board Monday, with no major movements anywhere except for gains in the deferred lean hog contracts. August lean hogs, on the other hand, dropped $0.55.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cash cattle business took an upward swing Friday afternoon. Live cattle and lean hog futures similarly gained during a week of overall economic enthusiasm. Feeder cattle, on the other hand, moved downward when the corn market...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live cattle and feeder cattle futures posted modest gains Thursday, continuing their short-term trend. Lean hog contracts gave back most of the previous session's gains.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live cattle and feeder cattle futures pulled back lower Wednesday. Deferred lean hog contracts for late 2019 posted notable gains (August up $2.650) for a second straight day.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cash cattle business has remained steady around $109 through the past two weeks. Cattle futures Friday chopped higher amid light holiday trading volumes, but the lean hog market experienced selling pressure and is still on a...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cash cattle business transacted in Texas Friday was steady with last week's prices at $109. Most livestock futures contracts seem to be in a neutral pattern, but feeder cattle prices experienced a boost Friday after corn...

  • Getting out of cash forward contracts is possible, but it could end up costing you.

    Kub's Den

    Grain producers who may be short of bushels this fall and need to get out of cash forward contracts are basically at the mercy of the local elevator that holds those contracts. Cancellation policies vary from place to place and...

  • Open interest in corn futures is typically twice the open interest in soybean futures. After the rally of the past three weeks, the December corn contract's open interest has surged to 2.4 times the November soybean contract's open interest. (DTN ProphetX Chart)

    Kub's Den

    How much of the recent 90-cent jump in corn prices should be ascribed to panicky short covering (fear) versus freshly bullish buying (optimism)? The answer depends on whether we look at the corn futures market as a whole or...