Agricultural Management e-School

Iowa State

Advanced Grain Marketing

Course Detail

$100 Registration Fee

90 Day Course Period


In a period of increased price volatility an understanding of marketing fundamentals is more important than ever. This course helps you understand, develop, and implement better grain marketing practices to enhance your financial well-being at the farm level. Learn the concepts and tools you need to know in order to develop your own grain marketing plan.

Pre and post-harvest marketing decisions hinge on price trends and storage costs in light of cash marketing, futures and options price levels. Increasing levels of domestic corn processing have disrupted historic basis patterns. Participating in Advanced Grain Marketing should result in a better understanding market fundamentals, supply and demand balance sheets, risk management tools and market outlook information.

A module by module introduction to the course is available.

Harvest Scene

Course Modules

  • Developing a Marketing Plan
  • Understanding the Weather
  • When Should I Sell my Grain?
  • Financial Risk Bearing Ability
  • Cash Marketing Tools
  • Crop Insurance Options
  • Hedging and Futures Markets
  • Risk Analysis Tools
  • Using Options
  • Using Outlook Information
  • The Farm Bill

Decision Aids

  • Grain Storage Costs
  • Financial Risk Ratios
  • Breakeven prices
  • Developing a Marketing Plan