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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  • 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.

  • Corn planting in the Southern U.S. has proceeded at a normal pace in 2021, with 60% of Texas' cornfields planted as of April 18, 2021. (Graphic by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    No matter how much the cash market may or may not be bidding for early delivered new-crop corn, the physical reality of a cold spring and cold soil have stymied plans to get the season...

  • The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows large regions plagued by expanding drought, some of which overlap with major wheat-producing regions. (USDA graphic)

    Kub's Den

    Wheat conditions highlight the "haves" and "have-nots" across America's crop fields this spring, with luscious green fields in the Midwest but very poor development in the drought-stricken West and High Plains.

  • Although there is no greater likelihood of "up" days than "down" days after a Grain Stocks report release, on average the movements do tend to be larger on March 31 than other report dates. (Illustration by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    Since 1984, USDA has kept meticulous metadata about price reactions in agricultural markets after certain government report releases. This should reassure market participants there is no predictable pattern in market reactions.