Posts From Marcus Ludtke

Marcus Ludtke

Marcus Ludtke is the Vice President of Sitos Grain and also the Vice President of Commodity Marketing Company Inc. Mr. Ludtke has served as CMC’s head corn trader since 2001.

By 2013, CMC was responsible for overseeing the procurement of more than 500 million bushels of corn, across 7 states, and 27 separate biorefineries.

Over, the past 12 years, Mr. Ludtke has developed an extensive background in the design, execution, and management of futures, options, and derivative-related products in a variety of Ag and Energy Specific commodities including: corn, soybeans, wheat, soybean meal, soybean oil, natural gas and ethanol.


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U.S. Corn Futures Weekly Outlook: Yields Overwhelm Bulls

U.S. December corn futures have been showing weakness for some time now, as supply concerns continue to weigh on traders. Prices dipped again last week, but bulls hope that the market is beginning to fully price in this year’s crop. Let’s discuss what’s happening in the corn market and review…

U.S. Corn Futures Market Outlook: Pricing In A Huge Crop

The price action for U.S. December corn futures has been weak for some time now, likely due to the reality that supply continues to outweigh demand. As the corn market digests this reality, the bulls hope is that the market has fully priced in this year’s crop. Let’s discuss and…

US Corn Futures Weekly Market Outlook: Demand Stalls

Trade volume and volatility on December U.S. Corn futures has been weak, mirroring a similar sentiment and reality on the demand side. The corn market looks like it needs more time to digest its supply side issues…  but there’s a lot going on. Let’s review and discuss the week ahead….

U.S. Corn Futures Weekly Outlook: Navigating The Maze

The past week saw a nice trading bounce in December Corn Futures… but the range is intact until it isn’t. Below is a recap of the trading action and what’s to come this week. U.S. Corn Futures Weekly Highlights & Insights: Monday’s Weekly Crop Progress report showed the U.S. corn…

U.S. Corn Futures Market Outlook: Are Traders Too Bearish?

U.S. Corn Weekly Highlights and Outlook: On Thursday (10/12) the USDA released the October 2017 WASDE report, which contained updated national and state yield / production estimates for both corn and soybeans. The highlights are as follows: In corn the USDA increased the 2017/18 U.S. corn yield to 171.8 BPA…

U.S. Corn Futures Trading Outlook & Market Insights – October 9

WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS: With the October 12 Crop Production report quickly approaching, a number of notable private analysts started offering their October U.S. corn yield estimates this week. FCStone in particular revised its October U.S. corn yield forecast to 169.2 bushels per acre with total production of 14.129 billion bushels. This compares…

U.S. Corn Market Outlook: A Look Ahead To 2018

To better understand what the corn market is pricing in now (and what is to come), traders should always be thinking ahead… FORWARD VIEW:  Looking ahead to the 2018/19 U.S. Corn Supply and Demand and what the price implications might be for December 2018 Corn Futures? Recently a notable private…

U.S. Corn Futures Trading Outlook: Bulls Patience Tested

U.S. Corn futures dipped lower early in the week only to recover by week’s end. Corn prices have been stuck in a range between $3.50 and $4.00 for several weeks. The lower end of that range is getting tested… and if it gives way, the 2016 lows could be tested….

U.S. Corn Futures Weekly Outlook: Stocks, Yields In Focus

December corn futures closed UP 1 ½-cents per bushel week-on-week, finishing at $3.56 ¾ on Friday. Corn bulls continue to defend the $3.50 price support area. But they are in need of a script-altering catalyst if prices are to sustain any rally attempt. Fundamentally, the corn market remains mixed. WEEKLY…

U.S. Corn Futures Market Outlook: Bulls Need A Catalyst

Corn Market – Weekly Highlights Below is a list of key happenings in the Corn market and a few fundamental takeaways that traders should be aware of.  Further below is a section focusing on my price outlook for December Corn Futures. Monday’s Weekly Crop Progress report showed the U.S. corn…