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...

More From This Author

  • Pasture conditions in the summer of 2019 were notably better than the previous year, yet hay prices have risen amid quality and availability issues. (Chart by Elaine Kub using USDA NASS data)

    Kub's Den

    Hay's complex commodity market is reflecting the muddle of 2019's weather -- there was no shortage of forage this summer, but there were challenging conditions to harvest and transport the...

  • Original 2019 meat production projections show how the Chinese hog industry dwarfs other global sources of meat. (Chart by Elaine Kub using USDA data)

    Kub's Den

    The global number of animals consuming soybean meal has taken a major hit. Pork supply in China was actually abundant in recent months during the pre-emptive swine herd culls, but higher pork prices are finally starting to appear...

  • The overall bullishness or bearishness of the feed grains sector gets reflected in both corn and wheat futures prices almost simultaneously. (Chart by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    Wheat prices are notably low and spring wheat harvest is notably slow, but this is a market that typically shows no seasonal influence, especially when those late harvesters are eventually bringing in heavy yields.

  • 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.

  • (DTN file photo)

    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.