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Manage risk, boost profits with technical analysisManage risk, boost profits with technical analysis

At the upcoming Farm Futures Business Summit you can learn from a former Marine how to read grain market signals.

Mike Wilson

May 19, 2021

4 Min Read
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Which way will corn, wheat or soybean prices move next week, next month, or next year?

No one can say for sure, but if you understand technical and fundamentals, you’ll be able to craft a smarter marketing plan to manage risk and maximize the bull market.

At the upcoming Farm Futures Business Summit you’ll learn how traders manage risk through technical analysis, one of many learning sessions designed to help you build a smarter farm operation. The summit will be held LIVE June 16-17 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center just outside Iowa City.

Brian Splitt, technical analyst with AgMarket.Net, has worked with commodities for 14 years. But unlike others he did not have a farm background or formal education to help him understand the markets.

“What I did have was the determination to learn on the fly and a solid work ethic, both instilled by the Marine Corps,” says Splitt. “So while fundamental analysis is, and always will be, the foundation for bull and bear markets, technical analysis is a tool that an outsider like me has successfully used to determine which price levels are important, and why.”

What are chart formations telling us? What is a long-term chart objective? What are trend-following tools, moving averages, support and resistance? Using technical analysis takes emotion out of marketing and offers objective clues to decisions. In this session, you will learn what technical analysis is and how it is applied to grain markets.

This isn’t a theory class; it's real-world advice you can put to use in your marketing plan, starting tomorrow.

“We won’t be together for an hour trying to determine where the market is going, but we will work towards the goal of producers independently identifying when the market is at an actionable level,” explains Splitt. “We will also incorporate options into the mix and show how I use the chart to determine option strike prices for hedging and ownership strategies.”

Splitt is one of several talented speakers who will be on hand to share insights at the summit. Keynote speaker Dick Wittman, an Idaho rancher and farm management consultant, will offer key lessons in business governance for farm families. Gregg Doud, former chief ag negotiator in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, will share what it was like to hammer out the China-U.S. Phase One Trade Deal. This Week in Agribusiness meteorologist Greg Soulje will provide a growing season weather outlook followed by a market outlook discussion with leading grain marketing experts. Other speakers will share ways to make better expansion decisions and outline potential tax changes that could threaten to blow up your estate plan.

For many the summit will be the first chance this year to meet face to face and network with other farm families from across the country. To see the agenda and get your registration sorted, go to www.farmfuturessummit.com. See you in Iowa!

Want to save 20% on the 2021 Farm Futures Summit? When you register at farmfuturessummit.com use the promo code FFLIVE.

Learn more about Farm Futures Summit

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About the Author(s)

Mike Wilson

Executive Editor, Farm Futures, Farm Progress

Mike Wilson is executive editor and content manager at FarmFutures.com. He grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Ogle County, Ill., and earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Illinois. He was twice named Writer of the Year by the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and is a past president of the organization. He is also past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, a global association of communicators specializing in agriculture. He has covered agriculture in 35 countries.

“At FarmFutures.com our goal is to get readers the facts and help them analyze complicated issues that impact their day-to-day decision-making,” he says.

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