Farm Progress

A symposium in sunny Destin, Fla., is just the place to discover the latest trends in the commodity markets, what's up with weather and land values.

Elton Robinson 1, Editor

January 10, 2015

2 Min Read
<p> Louisiana corn farmers are beginning the 2013 harvest.</p>

Back in 2012, grain analyst Richard Brock projected a top in the corn market and the beginning of a long, drawn-out decline to a bear market. Since then, corn futures have declined from around $7 a bushel to close to $4.

Brock will discuss what the future holds after the bull ride at the 2015 Agricultural Economic Symposium, to be held Feb. 15-17 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, in Destin, Fla. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 877-622-3056.

Brock, president of Brock Associates, will deliver a no-minced-words commodity price outlook, followed by a question and answer session. He’ll discuss marketing strategies for 2015 and trends that could impact your bottom line.

Here’s a primer on other speakers:

Robb Fraley, chief financial officer for Monsanto, will share agricultural innovations designed to optimize yields through advancements in breeding, biotechnology and improved agronomic systems to sustainably meet the challenges of growers.

Kyle Hansen, with Hertz Real Estate Services, will provide a snapshot of current land market trends and values, and influences that will affect land prices.

Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, will provide straight talk about agriculture, the global and ag economy and more. Dave Dell, with Brock Grain Systems, will discuss best practices for conditioning and handling of your harvested crop to maximize and preserve value.

Dave Rhylander, with Monsanto, will discuss how Climate Corporation’s unique data science platform can provide insights on how to manage field operations, nitrogen use and field scouting.

Jason Moss, chief operating officer, Brock Associates, will cover a wide angle of cash market economics, including addressing true cost and return to storage and how futures spreads and basis can drive marketing decisions.

Kurt Barth, chief financial officer, Brock Associates, will examine the larger role that cash grain marketing will likely play in the next few years. He will discuss proper use and timing of various cash contracts and deconstruct them, exposing the futures and options strategies that underlie and support them.

David Behrel, vice president of Brock Investor Services, and Kevin Woods, broker for Brock Investor Services, will cover the basics of using futures and options to manage risk. They’ll also discuss the nuances of fundamental and technical analysis and clues behind picking a top in the market.

The event will also include roundtable discussions on a variety of subjects from futures and options to climate management.

Registration includes all sessions and materials plus Monday evening social, Tuesday meals and refreshments, Tuesday evening dinner and jazz cruise and Wednesday breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

Early bird registration is $495 per person and $395 for spouse or business partner. Following the event, optional tours include a golf outing at Burnt Pine Golf Club.

To register, email Brock Associates at [email protected]; or call 800-558-3431.

Brock Associates, Delta Farm Press, Brock Grain Systems and The Climate Corporation sponsor the event.


About the Author(s)

Elton Robinson 1

Editor, Delta Farm Press

Elton joined Delta Farm Press in March 1993, and was named editor of the publication in July 1997. He writes about agriculture-related issues for cotton, corn, soybean, rice and wheat producers in west Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and southeast Missouri. Elton worked as editor of a weekly community newspaper and wrote for a monthly cotton magazine prior to Delta Farm Press. Elton and his wife, Stephony, live in Atoka, Tenn., 30 miles north of Memphis. They have three grown sons, Ryan Robinson, Nick Gatlin and Will Gatlin.

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