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Mar 17 75.97 75.99 75.90 75.90 0.40 75.42s 02/24 Chart for @CT7H Options for @CT7H
May 17 76.15 77.19 76.10 76.58 0.47 76.57s 02/24 Chart for @CT7K Options for @CT7K
Jul 17 76.98 77.96 76.94 77.50 0.58 77.50s 02/24 Chart for @CT7N Options for @CT7N
Oct 17 74.68 0.22 74.24s 02/24 Chart for @CT7V Options for @CT7V
Dec 17 73.65 74.10 73.65 73.98 0.09 73.98s 02/24 Chart for @CT7Z Options for @CT7Z
Mar 18 74.18 74.38 74.16 74.27 0.07 74.29s 02/24 Chart for @CT8H Options for @CT8H
May 18 74.19 74.40 74.16 74.28 0.05 74.33s 02/24 Chart for @CT8K Options for @CT8K
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Mar 17 1012'2 1016'2 1009'2 1014'0 2'0 1013'4s 02/24 Chart for @S7H Options for @S7H
May 17 1023'0 1027'2 1020'0 1025'0 1'6 1024'2s 02/24 Chart for @S7K Options for @S7K
Jul 17 1032'4 1036'2 1029'2 1034'0 1'6 1033'2s 02/24 Chart for @S7N Options for @S7N
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Mar 17 438'2 438'4 430'0 431'0 -6'6 431'2s 02/24 Chart for @W7H Options for @W7H
May 17 453'4 454'0 445'6 447'6 -5'4 448'0s 02/24 Chart for @W7K Options for @W7K
Jul 17 467'0 467'4 460'2 461'6 -5'0 462'0s 02/24 Chart for @W7N Options for @W7N
@C - CORN - CBOT
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Mar 17 365'6 366'6 362'4 364'4 -1'4 364'0s 02/24 Chart for @C7H Options for @C7H
May 17 372'4 373'4 369'2 371'4 -1'6 370'6s 02/24 Chart for @C7K Options for @C7K
Jul 17 380'4 381'0 376'6 379'0 -1'4 378'2s 02/24 Chart for @C7N Options for @C7N
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Johnny's Blog
Cotton good option for Good times and Bad times.
2-24-17
The Virginia state wide cotton meeting yesterday sponsored by the Virginia Cotton Growers Association was well attended and the program was well worth the total investment of a full day. It’s clear that if we are headed for a good growing season, then 2017 is just going to be a good year.  Joe Outlaw, our morning key note speaker helped us remember that Agriculture is in a vulnerable financial situation as the current prices for some of the commodities are not providing stabilizing income unless we make above average yields.  Grain is the best example for this which predominately focuses on corn which for the nation is the number one crop.  However for our little spot on the map, with both peanuts and cotton up over 20% in price, we will make good profits with just average yields on both of these commodities.
 
We are still in the Insurance Sign Up period ending next week in North Carolina and March 15 in Virginia, so I am continuously focused on how we maintain agricultural stability even in a bad year.  This actually is where cotton moves to the best option for our farms.  With county yields in our core counties ranging from 987 pounds per acre in Southampton to 1038 in Isle of White and a price of around 74 cents, STAX is going to support county average revenue at $657 to $690.  Northampton, Sussex, and Surry are in the middle and Suffolk & Hertford is only slightly lower.  Crop revenue Insurance does the best job at supporting personal risk, so you need both for the best defense.  If prices move up in the fall, all of these numbers just get better.  If prices move lower, then it can get better as well because you could make a good yield and still trigger a STAX payment.  If STAX triggers, then it looks like the best safety net for 2017. If it does not trigger, then that means we maintained prices and yield and it will all be good in the end.

Cool Fun Fact - Cotton does not have a break even yield this year because STAX and Insurance combined offer support around $100/acre above production cost and overhead.  The exception would be an isolated disaster that did not happen to the county on a farm that had a personal insurance much below average.

NEXT TIME - Warm spring weather making the weeds grow.  Implications for Burndown.



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  • COTTON #2 (Mar 17) 75.90 0.40 2/24/17   1:23 PM CST
  • COTTON #2 (May 17) 76.58 0.47 2/24/17   1:23 PM CST
  • COTTON #2 (Jul 17) 77.50 0.58 2/24/17   1:23 PM CST
  • COTTON #2 (Oct 17) 74.68 0.22 2/24/17   1:23 PM CST
  • COTTON #2 (Dec 17) 73.98 0.09 2/24/17   1:23 PM CST
  • COTTON #2 (Mar 18) 74.27 0.07 2/24/17   1:23 PM CST
  • COTTON #2 (May 18) 74.28 0.05 2/24/17   1:23 PM CST
  • SOYBEANS (Mar 17) 1014'0 2'0 2/24/17   1:19 PM CST
  • SOYBEANS (May 17) 1025'0 1'6 2/24/17   1:19 PM CST
  • SOYBEANS (Jul 17) 1034'0 1'6 2/24/17   1:19 PM CST
  • WHEAT (Mar 17) 431'0 -6'6 2/24/17   1:19 PM CST
  • WHEAT (May 17) 447'6 -5'4 2/24/17   1:19 PM CST
  • WHEAT (Jul 17) 461'6 -5'0 2/24/17   1:19 PM CST
  • CORN (Mar 17) 364'4 -1'4 2/24/17   1:19 PM CST
  • CORN (May 17) 371'4 -1'6 2/24/17   1:20 PM CST
  • CORN (Jul 17) 379'0 -1'4 2/24/17   1:19 PM CST

 
 
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