Corn gave back what it lost yesterday with beans unchanged on the day. Wheat was the winner today closing the session up 12 cents. Mother Nature blessed us with a skiff of snow yesterday along with cold temps and wind, bitter brat she is. Harvest continues to push on with corn expected to be 68% complete and beans 87% harvested, honestly it seems a bit hard to believe, as you travel north there are plenty of fields that haven’t been touched. We have a week or so here of decent weather with temps back in the low 50’s and so it’s likely we will see harvest progress will continue to push towards the finish line. The markets need something to feed any sort of rally, the weather isn’t enough especially with the progress estimates to be within “normal” for this time of year. The chatter of a deal with china isn’t enough either because that’s been dangled in front of everyone for long enough that the carrot is dried up, nobody cares unless the carrot is replaced with cake… and a signed deal. The numbers on the last production report apparently weren’t enough either. So, we’re going to need something more substantial, at least in the eyes of the market to sustain a rally. The second half of what’s been so lovingly been referred to as the “Trump payment” is on its way to producers right now. I will leave you with this, these dollars that are coming to you from the government need to be calculated into your marketing plan, and the number you’re seeking from the market, you ought to take the check you and apply that to the price you need per bushel to turn a profit for your operation. As politely as I can put it…. it would be extremely unwise to simply deposit the check without analyzing it and applying it to your operation, apply these checks to your bottom line, if you’re going to run a business to make money you ought to be doing so thoroughly and completely. You’d be surprised how many don’t do this. I’ll get off my soapbox.