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Midwest ethanol plants reversing the trade flow of the Mississippi

With corn supplies at a 17-year low and harvest delayed, ethanol producers are outbidding southern corn buyers and sending a fleet of barges northward

With corn supplies at a 17-year low and harvest delayed, 
ethanol producers are outbidding southern corn buyers and 
sending a fleet of barges northward

Reuters / The long reach of last summer’s U.S. drought has reversed the flow of the mighty Mississippi River — for corn, at least. In a rare move, corn-laden barges are heading north to Midwest ethanol plants from southern farms. Although a record harvest is expected this year, much of it will be late and, […] Read more


CME pares back grain trading hours

CME Group Inc. said March 5 that it plans to pare its nearly non-stop trading cycle for grains and oilseeds to 17-1/2 hours per session after traders complained a move to extend activity had hurt liquidity. CME, owner of the Chicago Board of Trade, sought to shorten the trading day less than a year after […] Read more



CME surveys members on trade hours

The Chicago Board of Trade has launched a survey asking customers whether it should shorten the nearly non-stop electronic trading cycle for grains and hinted that executives had grown less concerned about competition from rival IntercontinentalExchange. The Board of Trade, which dominates agricultural trading with U.S. grain and oilseed futures and options contracts, in May […] Read more


Efforts continue to keep Mississippi River open

The drought-drained Mississippi River has enough water for barges to maintain shipments of billions of dollars’ worth of commodities, and the White House will consider “any option” to keep it open for commerce, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said on Jan. 7. Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said the outlook for the nation’s […] Read more



USDA hears earful about corn estimates at annual meeting

Reuters / Top U.S. agriculture officials Monday were to face questions about quarterly estimates for corn inventories that have frustrated traders and roiled markets for the past two years. Traders said they would raise their concerns about supply estimates at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual meeting in Chicago for users of agricultural data. The […] Read more