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Joined: Feb 2009
Posted: 2013-06-30 20:36
Can anyone recommend a book or other resource that has a good introduction to the basics of agricultural futures? I'm looking for info like:

* Details of physical ags (e.g., what's the difference between soft red winter wheat vs hard red spring wheat?)

* Common uses of ags (e.g., who are the main consumers of soybean meal?)

* Info about production and substitutability of various ags

* What & when are the key news releases?

* Planting & harvest months, new crop / old crop months for the different ags



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Posted: 2013-06-30 22:11


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Joined: Jun 2012
Posted: 2013-07-04 16:49
I think there's some pretty good free stuff online which will answer a lot of these questions and help you scratch the surface at least.

FAO has this good summary on Wheat

And the ERS maintains pages for each crop

but the policy analysis is usually limited to the US.
There's also a few farming blogs, ...not sure how relevant they are though.


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Posted: 2013-07-04 22:53
CME has some good material online:
The old CBOT manual, and of course Teweles & Jones are good overviews, though the relevant reports are likely to be out of date.
This is another good one (though probably not as good as CRB) for keeping up to date:

"Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious."


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Joined: Sep 2009
Posted: 2013-07-05 07:42
I can recommend Elaine Kub's e-book, 'Mastering the Grain Markets' , far and away the most comprehensive resource I found during a few years of gathering info on this topic.

The author is well-regarded in the ags world - she has a boatload of followers on Twitter - and she did a great job with this work. An excellent 101 to the world of grains and grain futures trading.

Don't be deterred by the emphasis on "how profits are made" in the promo video. Inside the book a 'get rich trading futures' message is mercifully absent, and it's a essentially a wealth of facts and fundamental information well-structured in a highly readable style.
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