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.

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  • Most of the time, we can expect the average daily price movement in the soybean market to be less than 10 cents up or down. But this metric has surged to 27 cents during the latest period of volatile trading. (Chart by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    Grain marketers are more prone to decision paralysis when market volatility is high and the price can be expected to swing back against them by 27 cents (the recent average daily price movement in soybeans) on any given day.

  • The May 2021 WASDE report projected 14.9 billion bushels (bb) of corn production, 4.4 bb of soybeans, 1.8 bb of wheat, 427 million bushels (mb) of sorghum, 161 mb of barley and 53 mb of oats. (Graphic by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    Current projections suggest there will be plenty of commodity grain that will eventually need to find storage space this fall, but not more than the grain industry has already demonstrated its ability to handle.

  • When normalized over the past year, most commodities' price paths look eerily similar. (DTN ProphetX chart by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    The price gains seen for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, canola, oats and any other plantable commodity this spring are part of a broader phenomenon inflating most other commodity sectors at the same time.