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Price Risk Reduction in Marketing Corn from Using Hedging Strategies

  • Michael A. Kane (a1), James G. Beierlein (a1) and James W. Dunn (a1)

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The use of hedging with commodity futures markets to reduce the price risk in corn production is examined. Both intra-year and inter-year risk are evaluated with different hedging strategies. Strategies involve no hedge, hedge and hold, controlled hedge placement and hold, and in and out hedging. Both technical and forecasting criteria are used to place hedges in the more active strategies. Substantial risk reduction is possible, often without a reduction in price received. Considerable basis risk diminishes the risk reducing properties of a hedge and hold strategy.

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