MY GRAIN TRADES

Because of the uncertainty associated within commodity markets, pricing grain can be one of the most difficult tasks a farmer experiences each year. The best way to approach marketing is through education, strategy development, and timely execution. My Grain Trades provides essential information that allows farmers to monitor their marketing strategy and precisely identify marketing opportunities that meet profit goals.

My Grain Trades is a web-based record keeping system that helps farmers make more profitable and timely grain marketing decisions. It is a tool that aggregates crop production, marketing transactions, crop insurance values, and government payments into one single crop value which is updated continuously as market prices change.

Periodically throughout the day the crop value is updated according to price changes in local cash markets, futures markets, and option markets. Because this information is mark-to-market, the farmer can observe and understand precisely how each day’s market fluctuations affect their crop value.

My Grain Trades is designed for users with all levels of computer aptitude. The application is intuitive and easy to use, yet provides powerful information that gives farmers an edge when dealing with the ever-changing myriad of commodity prices that impact their bottom line.

Some highlighted features of My Grain Trades are:
  • Quickly monitor the value of your unsold grain as it is updated periodically throughout the day to the nearest cash market prices.
  • Easily track open futures and options trades as they are updated to current futures market values throughout the day.
  • Enter a profit goal and monitor your progress toward achieving it. Precise calculations displays the required price per bushel needed to achieve your breakeven and profit goals.
  • Record transactions for cash sales, futures, options, crop insurance, government payments, and LDPs with ease.
  • View account summary and transaction reports.
  • Store previous years’ crop records for comparison and analysis.

If you’re a business that works with farmers to maximize the marketing of their crops, let My Grain Trades provide your clients with a powerful tool that will help build even better relationships. Check out our branded products for more information about how you can develop stronger client relations. To learn more contact a representative at (866) 290-1196.

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GEOGRAIN OPTIMIZER

With our new and improved GeoGrain Optimizer, you get two powerful tools for the price of one! We’ve now partnered the original GeoGrain Optimizer with the record-keeping capacities of My Grain Trades.

The GeoGrain Optimizer is a premium product with one goal--to find farmers additional money. Every day our committed team of data operators collects over 48,000 spot and forward cash market bids from elevators and grain buyers all over the country. Over 3,800 markets are covered every single day, which gives subscribers access to the most accurate and in-depth cash market data available. We capture bids from elevators, ethanol producers, crushing plants, mills, feed operations, and other high-volume grain buyers. Our data has a broad coverage, and even producers outside of the Midwest will be able to find cash bids near their farm.

To get started, simply input your farm location, production values, trucking, and storage cost and we will find the optimal market location and the best delivery month for you to sell your cash grain. Historically, the GeoGrain Optimizer has found farmers an extra 10 to 20 cents per bushel compared to their closest elevator after taking shipping and storage costs into account. To put that in perspective, for the typical farmer who planted 2,000 acres of corn and harvested a 160 bushel yield, that extra 10 cents translates into $32,000!

The GeoGrain Optimizer is the most powerful cash marketing tool available to farmers. Users can quickly navigate through cash grain prices and basis levels to find the precise answer they are looking for. Not only does it cross-reference shipping costs (calculated according to driving miles) with every bid in the area, it also accounts for storage costs, which allows you to find the best time and place to set a contract. Market prices can easily be sorted by net returns or by distance from the farm. When market opportunities are spotted, the user can easily view the buyer’s contact information and start negotiating a grain sale.

Key features of the GeoGrain Optimizer tools:
  • Identifies the best local markets based on prices, storage and trucking costs.
  • Data can be filtered by commodity, hauling rate, and storage rate.
  • Results can be displayed by net returns, or by driving distance from the farm.
  • View spot bids and forward contract prices up to 12 months out.
  • Charting and mapping of local spot and forward basis.
  • Net returns over trucking costs are generally 10 to 20 cents a bushel.
Key features of the My Grain Trades tool:
  • Quickly monitor the value of your unsold grain as it is updated periodically throughout the day to the nearest cash market prices.
  • Easily track open futures and options trades as they are updated to current futures market values throughout the day.
  • Enter a profit goal and monitor your progress toward achieving it. Precise calculations displays the required price per bushel needed to achieve your breakeven and profit goals.
  • Record transactions for cash sales, futures, options, crop insurance, government payments, and LDPs with ease.
  • View account summary and transaction reports.
  • Store previous years’ crop records for comparison and analysis.

If you’re a business that works with farmers, let the GeoGrain Optimizer provide you with a powerful tool to increase their profitability and lay the foundation to a stronger relationship. For more information, or to get the GeoGrain Optimizer, give us a call at (866) 290-1196.

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CORPORATE BRANDED PRODUCT

Help strengthen client-business relationships and improve your business decisions by branding My Grain Trades and the GeoGrain Optimizer under your own company’s corporate logo and color schemes.

GeoGrain works with banks, crop insurance companies, brokers, seed companies, media companies, news organizations, and other businesses to improve their client-business relationships. GeoGrain does this by licensing its products to agri-businesses to be distributed to their clients. Because these products improve their client’s profitability by enhancing their marketing decisions, relationships are strengthened and loyalty is forged.

The branded product also helps improve business decisions. If your company actively manages multiple farms, GeoGrain’s corporate product is a perfect way to improve your management decisions. GeoGrain’s corporate product can be used as a way to manage and aggregate each farm’s information to provide a higher level of service to each location and to improve your cash market decisions. With the corporate product each one of your farms receives a My Grain Trades and Optimizer account which is then linked to an administrator account. After each farm’s production and transaction information is entered, the administrator can view the marketing progress of each farm individually or as a whole. Administrators can also view each farm’s unsold crops, their optimal grain selling locations ordered by net return, and any open cash, futures, or options transactions. Administrators can even map their farms, identify aggregate sale opportunities, set price, basis, or futures alerts for individual cash markets, and much more. The corporate product provides detailed information that enhances an administrators understanding of each farm’s marketing position. All information is continuously updated and delivered in an easy and intuitive format as market prices change.

Key features of the GeoGrain Branded Product:
  • Improve your farmer’s profitability by providing precise cash market information.
  • Strengthen your client-business relationships, by offering powerful marketing tools.
  • Enhance your company’s business decisions with detailed location-specific information.

If you’re a business that works with farmers, let the GeoGrain Branded Product provide you with a powerful tool to increase their profitability, and lay the foundation to a stronger relationship. For more information, give us a call at (866) 290-1196.

  • MY GRAIN TRADES$2.50 per Month per Account
  • GEOGRAIN OPTIMIZER$7.50 per Month per Account
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UNIVERSAL OPTIMIZER

The Universal Optimizer is our most powerful and encompassing cash market product, providing a portal for merchandisers to view all cash market data available in our system. Unlike our standard Optimizer product, the Universal Optimizer displays a greatly-expanded geographic area of available data, enabling subscribers to view cash markets for any delivery location, shipping cost, or storage cost.

Every day our committed team of data operators collects over 48,000 spot and forward cash market bids from elevators and grain buyers all over the country. Over 3,800 markets are covered daily, which gives subscribers access to the most accurate and in-depth cash market data available. We even collect bids from ethanol producers, soybean possessors, and feed operations. Our data expands beyond the Midwest, so that producers everywhere will be able to find cash bids in their area.

Simply input your farm location, production values, trucking, and storage cost and we find the optimal market and the delivery month for you to sell or buy your cash grain. Imagine what an entire staff of cash market specialists can do for you. Over time, we have found that the Universal Optimizer will find farmers on average an extra 10 to 20 cents per bushel in the cash market. To put that in perspective, for the typical farmer who planted 2,000 acres of corn and harvested a 160 bushel yield, that extra 10 cents translates into $32,000!

The Universal Optimizer is a versatile tool for users to quickly find the best cash grain prices and basis at markets in their area on any given day. Not only does it cross-reference shipping costs (calculated according to driving miles) with multiple spot bids in the area, it also includes storage costs and looks for the most profitable forward bids--allowing you to find the best location and forward contract to sell your grain. All data is geo-coded for easy retrieval through a zip code, and returned prices are based on distance to that zip code. This valuable feature allows users to contact potential buyers quickly and easily when they see a bid they like.

The Universal Optimizer is much more than just price data. Included in the Universal Optimizer is a full suite of tools to help our subscriber process raw cash market data into intelligent business decisions. Among these tools we include basis maps to compare elevator bids for a specific geographic region, basis charts to see individual market basis history, price charts to view individual cash market price history, 10-minute delayed futures quotes, and barge rate data to monitor transportation costs throughout the river system. The Universal Optimizer also includes a weekly grain commentary by leading cash market analyst Kevin McNew.

Whether you are sourcing grain to fill an ocean liner delivering to China, or you are analyzing your market competition, the Universal Optimizer provides the most comprehensive cash market intelligence available.

Key features of the Universal Optimizer tools:
  • View spot and forward contract prices up to 12 months out.
  • Charting and mapping of spot and forward prices or basis.
  • Identifies the best markets based on prices, locations, storage, and trucking costs.
  • Net returns over trucking costs are generally 10 to 20 cents a bushel.
  • Results can be sorted by net returns or distance from delivery location.

If you’re trying to find the most effective and profitable way to sell or buy grain, let the Universal Optimizer provide you with a powerful tool for making timely and informed decisions. For more information, or to get the Universal Optimizer, give us a call at (866) 290-1196.

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GRAIN HEDGE

GrainHedge is web-based, self-directed discount brokerage platform that saves farmers money when trading in the futures and options market. The platform is intuitive, easy-to-use, and empowers farmers to trade in a timely, cost effective manner. For only $7 commission per side, farmers can easily and inexpensively hedge their crop production anytime the market is open--including overnight trading.

The system in which grain producers reduce their exposure to price risk in the commodity markets has changed dramatically over the last decade. The information age has triggered a paradigm shift in favor of the farmer--but only if the farmer seizes the opportunity and becomes proficient with the necessary skills. In terms of hedging practices, “seizing the opportunity” directly correlates to a healthier bottom line.

Farmers have historically used full-service brokers to buy and sell futures contracts to hedge their production. Within that process, the broker served two roles. First, they executed trades by contacting people on the trading floor to carry out the order. Secondly, they conveyed information to farmers that they acquired through their interaction with traders. In those days, brokers were the only intermediary that provided these services to farmers--and they charged accordingly.

However, the information age has leveled the playing field, and empowered farmers to implement hedging on their own. Today the internet allows anyone to trade the commodity markets at any time of the day, and market information is readily available to those who seek it. The role of the full-service broker is diminishing, especially with their commission rates set between $30 and $50 a trade.

The goals of the professionals at GrainHedge are simple --empower the farmer with quality data and tools, and increase the farmer’s profitability. Included in the GrainHedge trading platform is a variety of features, such as streaming real-time quotes, charting software, market depth, detailed weather data provided by Planalytics, and Reuters’ streaming newswire--all designed to help the farmer make timely, accurate trading decisions.

Today, with the uncertain and volatile markets, it is essential to develop, maintain, and track your marketing strategy. GrainHedge provides you with powerful supporting services such as My Grain Trades and the Cash Market Optimizer, which help farmers to monitor and enhance their marketing strategy. Most importantly these tools will, on average, earn you an extra 10 to 20 cents a bushel over your nearest cash market. These tools also allow a farmer to view his crop value and farm financial information valued at current market prices. Because this information is mark-to-market, farmers can observe and understand precisely how each day’s market fluctuations affects their overall crop value. No other brokerage offers such a comprehensive suite of tools designed to meet the needs of farmers.

Why pay $30 to $50 per trade with a full-service broker when you get the most advanced grain marketing package just by being a GrainHedge client? At $7 a side, GrainHedge is the new way of navigating the market.

To find out more about how GrainHedge can help you make more on your crops, or to sign up for a free demo of the product, give us a call at (877) - GRAIN07 (877-472-4607).

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HISTORICAL DATA

GeoGrain is the standard for historical cash market prices with over 38 million grain bids in our database spanning back to 1998. This data includes over 3,800 markets concerning seventeen commodities. Whether you are an analyst, academic, or hedge fund, we give you access to the most accurate, comprehensive cash market data available. Our new data purchasing interface now gives you access to historical, spot, and forward prices.

The keystone in the GeoGrain’s business model is accuracy, precision, and integrity. These principles allow us to provide powerful grain market intelligence. Every day, our prices pass through a series of quality control procedures to ensure the highest quality of data. These include bounds checks, two levels of basis change verifications, and a final in-depth spatial comparison. With over 48,000 spot and forward bids collected each day, it is no small task to ensure price accuracy. These checks represent about a third of our data collecting costs. Our dedicated data team spares no time, and our company no expense, to provide the most trusted, highest quality data within the industry.

Subscriptions and Custom Data Feeds – Subscriptions can range from weekly data dumps of subscribed markets to monthly updates for all markets. Custom data feeds can be arranged by contacting a representative at sales@cashgrainbids.com .

Custom Historical Data Requests – For special orders or requests that cannot be performed through our data purchasing interface please contact one of our representatives.

Data purchases include: date, commodity, delivery month, delivery year, price, basis, company, state, city, and geographical coordinates (latitude/ longitude) for GIS mapping. All bases are calculated from a cash price using our standard convention.

*All data must be used for internal use by the purchaser alone and cannot be resold or distributed to any other person, business, organization or any other entity living or non-living, or comprised of known or unknown matter.
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