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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  • South American crops (from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay) together account for 54% of global soybean production, but the soybean oil from these beans adds up to only 15% of the overall global vegetable oil market. (Graphic by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    South America produces a majority of the globe's soybeans, but the soybean oil from those beans is still a small part of a broader global vegetable oil (edible oil) market.

  • The past two marketing years rewarded grain marketers who did nothing until the spring and summer after harvest, but the far more common seasonal pattern encourages locking in prices before each crop is harvested. (Graphic by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    New Year's resolutions are most effective when they are measurable and action-based, but what does this mean for marketing grain in commodity markets with a long-term tendency to reward early action?

  • As long as someone provides them with hay and a windbreak during a snowstorm, cows don't really mind living on the Northern Plains. (DTN photo by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    Difficult work in a harsh environment can make farmers and ranchers wonder about the choices that led them to where they are today and whether they might be able or willing to make the same tradeoffs the homesteaders made.

  • The benchmark price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures has fallen 38% off its June high, but local diesel prices may remain within 10% of their June highs. (DTN ProphetX chart by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    Energy price fluctuations are of great interest to agricultural producers, but the present bearishness for international crude oil doesn't seem to be carrying over to domestic fuel.

  • The Baltic Dry Index of ocean shipping rates reflected the post-pandemic struggles of the global supply chain but is finally falling back to normal levels. (Chart by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    Ocean shipping rates, which serve as an indicator of the globe's economic health and the overall demand for dry, bulk, commodity "stuff," have fallen back toward normal levels, but there may be concern that this bellwether will just...