A young grain producer and I were recently speaking about marketing and he expressed frustration in his quest to do a good job at pricing his crops. While he does an excellent job of producing his crops on the 1,000+ acres he farms, he feels out of his league when he ventures into the world of grain marketing at the CME. I acknowledged his concerns and encouraged him to keep learning as much as he could about marketing, and to practice a degree of patience.
I explained to this producer that achieving a level of comfort and success with marketing often takes years.
How often have we heard “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it” and “the future is a repetition of the past”? I mention these quotations to highlight the similarities of an event that occurred nearly forty years ago and which now could again be possible.