As the US heads into the 2021 spring planting season, the world faces an environment of high demand and constrained supply of key grain and oilseed crops. China's demand for grains and oilseeds is at an all-time high.

At the same time, global exports are being limited by drought in some regions and protectionist policies in others. In this context, it's never been more important to accurately estimate planted acreage for the US and gain an understanding of the mix of corn, soybean, wheat, and cotton acres.

What we'll cover:

  • An overview of the components driving US planting intentions
  • Gro’s estimates for producer planting intentions for major US crops
  • The signal provided by the soybean-to-corn new crop price ratio
  • An assessment of the profitability of producing various major crops


Jonathan Haines
Senior Research Analyst
Jon has been working in agricultural commodities trading and research for the past 14 years, covering both grains and softs. Before joining Gro, he served as a portfolio manager at Jamison Capital Partners where he was responsible for the firm’s agriculture trading strategy. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and is a CFA charterholder.
James (Jim) Heneghan
SVP Agribusiness
Jim has been involved in agriculture for more than 20 years. Before joining Gro, Jim was a managing director of the agricultural commodity division of Freepoint Commodities and a global business manager for agricultural commodities at BTG Pactual. He began his career at the multinational grain company Louis Dreyfus where, over 15 years, he worked in a variety of managerial, research, and trading roles in the U.S., Singapore, and China. Jim also owns and manages a 2,000-acre farmland business in upstate New York, producing corn, soybeans, and wheat. Jim has a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College and holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.

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