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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  • From a total supply of 4.66 billion bushels of 2020-21 soybeans, the supply reported in the Quarterly Grain Stocks report fell to 2.93 billion bushels as of Dec. 1, 2020. (Chart by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    The U.S. has been using up soybeans at a blazing pace since harvest, but soybean disappearance commonly slows down through the winter, spring and summer months -- especially as the market...

  • A commodity is any widely available, unspecialized good or substance that is interchangeable with all other samples of the same grade of the same substance, so cardamom and dry ice pellets are as much commodities as wheat and iron rebar. (Illustration by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    Trading commodities is as ancient as it is new at the end of 2020, with dry ice, water and cannabis joining the usual grain, metal and energy commodities on traders' minds. As always, the practice...

  • Country elevator bids for new-crop corn went from generally 40 cents under the December 2020 futures contract in mid-August to stronger levels once the crop was actually harvested. (DTN ProphetX graphic)

    Kub's Den

    New-crop corn basis bids throughout the state of Iowa have strengthened by an average of 15 cents since the derecho storm damaged fields in mid-August. Strong basis bids at harvest are contra-seasonal, but in 2020, there are...