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An Empirical Analysis of Cash and Futures Grain Price Relationships in the North Central Region

S.R. Thompson, J.S. Eales and R.J. Hauser
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Sarahelen Thompson () and Stanley R. Thompson ()

Review of Agricultural Economics, 1990, vol. 12, issue 2, 241-254

Abstract: This paper investigates grain price relationships in the north central region by analyzing weekly prices for corn and soybeans at cash and futures markets. First differences in cash prices are compared statistically to first differences in futures prices. Next, the relationship of spatial basis changes between cash market locations is analyzed. The results indicate that cash and futures markets are not a constellation of one united grain market. Identifiable differences in price relationships exist across markets and time periods. The results have implications for hedging strategies as well as for consideration of the performance of Chicago as a delivery location for futures contracts.

Date: 1990
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