Grain Spreads: Hedge Idea Corn

Sean Lusk General Commentary Leave a Comment


Some of the talking heads in the trade are commenting that it is only a matter of time before new crop corn has a 2 handle in front of it. Are they correct? The bearish news driven by excellent yields and production in South America this past growing season coupled with domestic demand decimated by Covid that increased the balance sheet this Spring sank corn to 3.09. That surpassed the 20 percent down on the year threshold at 311.4. 25 percent down is 2.93 and 30 percent down for the year is at 2.74. Currently we are staring at a record production here at well over 15 billion bushels should nothing else bullish weather wise enter into the market. Outside of some dry spots in Central Iowa, it looks like a bumper crop in most growing areas of the corn belt. Those producers who have not locked in new crop bushels yet may consider the following hedge below. We can still see rallies near term; strong demand, inflationary bargain buying, or a sizable soybean rally being possibilities signalling a near term corn bottom. Weather rules now and the first half of August looks optimal. While that can flip flop, please consider the following hedge below. locking in 360.0 March 2021 corn.

DEC 2020 Corn

Trade Ideas:


Options-Buy the March 21 corn 360 put. Sell the March 21 corn 3.00/3.60 call spread. Bid even money.

Risk /Reward


Options-The cost to entry for this 3-way option strategy is even money, meaning nothing to put up except commissions and fees. Buying the ZCH21 360P and selling the call spread (300c-360c) has a max risk of 3K plus trade costs. This trade is designed for producers due to the heightened risk. An option settlement below 330 in late February would be needed to collect some reward at option expiration.

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