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Understanding Risk in Basis Contracts
Basis contracts, or marketing instruments that establish the basis used to determine the price paid for grain or soybeans at a later time, involve downside risk as well as upside price potential. Learn the differences between, the uses of, and cautions for basis contracts.
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Introduction to Crop Marketing
An overview of corn and soybean marketing including the four basic marketing tools: cash sales, forward contracts, futures and options.




Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension economist.
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ISU Crop Marketing Information
Online resources from Iowa State University to help market crops including fact sheets, spreadsheets and the Iowa Commodity Challenge all contained on the ISU Ag Decision Maker web page. Other sources of information include the Iowa Farm Outlook newsletter, Grain Marketing eCourse and ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialists.




Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension economist.
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Basis, Futures Carry and the Cost of Storage
Learn about crop basis, futures carry and the cost of grain storage. Compare on-farm storage to commercial storage costs.






Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist.
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Marketing Fundamentals (Supply/Demand)
Examine the balance between crop supplies and crop demands that determine both futures and cash prices. Review of the major USDA crop reports that provide fundamental information. 




Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension economist.
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Technical Chart Signals
Examine chart signals on futures charts such channel lines, sell and buy signals, resistance and support levels and moving averages.




Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension economist.
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Seasonal Price Trends
Review corn and soybean price patterns that repeats themselves with some degree of accuracy year after year in crop markets.




Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension economist.
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Crop Marketing Strategies
Learn to use a crop marketing matrix based on your expectation for futures prices and basis to determine appropriate strategies and tools.




Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist.
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Marketing Tools: Futures
Review the role of futures contracts traded on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) farmers can use to reduce crop price risk by hedging.




Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist.
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Marketing Tools: Options
Understand the basics of both put and call options used for managing futures price risk. An option is the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying futures contract.




Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist.
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Developing a Crop Marketing Plan
Learn how to put together a proactive strategy to price your crop. Such a plan might include your cost of production, financial goals, cash flow needs, price objectives, time objectives, grain storage capacity, crop insurance coverage, anticipated production and appetite for risk.




Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist
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Enterprise Budget: Popcorn
Find facts about growing, harvesting, and marketing popcorn to help you decide whether or not this crop will fit your enterprise budget. Includes an enterprise assessment showing capital needed for startup, labor input, years to break even, return on investment, and more.
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Enterprise Budget: Beekeeping
Find facts about beekeeping such as physical attributes, potential return, risks, and marketing products to help you decide whether or not this industry will fit your enterprise budget. Includes an assessment showing capital needed for startup, labor input, years to break even, and more.
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Enterprise Budget: Sheep
Find facts about raising and marketing sheep to help you decide whether or not this industry will fit your enterprise budget. Includes an assessment showing capital needed for startup, labor input, years to break even, return on investment, and more
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Enterprise Budget: Sorghum
Find facts about growing, harvesting, and marketing sorghum to help you decide whether or not this crop will fit your enterprise budget. Includes an enterprise assessment showing capital needed for startup, labor input, years to break even, return on investment, and more.
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Enterprise Budget: Sweet Corn
Find facts about growing, harvesting, and marketing sweet corn to help you decide whether or not this crop will fit your enterprise budget. Includes an enterprise assessment showing capital needed for startup, labor input, years to break even, return on investment, and more.
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Leadership in the Bioeconomy -- Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Details how the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is involved in the bioeconomy through research, extension, and education.
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Estimated Costs for Production, Storage, and Transportation of Switchgrass
Switchgrass, a perennial warm-season grass native to Iowa, is one of the major plants being considered to produce ethanol. Alternative assumptions are presented to estimate the cost of production.
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Local Food Connections -- Economic Impact of Use in Restaurants
Results presented of a recent exploratory study of restaurants' use of local foods. Designed to help producers understand their potential markets.
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Local Food Connections -- Contracting with Foodservices
Using an online calculator can help producers decide whether contracting with foodservice operators is a financially sound solution.
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Conference on Clout Proceedings; March 16-17, 2001
Contains a complete transcript of the speeches and presentations given at the CLOUT conference, March 16 - 17, 2001, at Iowa State University.
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Understanding Risk in Hedge-to-Arrive Contracts - About Grain Contracting
Learn about the four main types of futures-based hedge-to-arrive contracts, ranging from a relatively simple two-decision version to much more complex types that require several decisions after the contract is initiated.
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Commonly Used Grain Contracts - About Grain Contracting
This publication provides educational information to help you understand risk-management features of grain contracts.
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