If there is anything that the past several seasons of farming has taught us, it’s that there is indeed nothing new under the sun. Looking back, the “new plateau” for grain prices which we heard so much about in the halcyon days of 2007 and 2008 has manifested itself on the price charts of history more in the shape of Mt. Everest; running up quickly, seemingly holding their own only to fall nearly as fast as they rose back to the levels most would call “normal”. While this transition back into an environment more in line with the long term tendencies of a commodity cycle directly influenced by the basic economic tenets of supply and demand has been less than welcomed wholeheartedly, it is indeed the world we are residing in today. Although it is true the days of being rewarded in spite of not having a grain marketing plan are behind us, it certainly does not mean that there aren’t opportunities for the producer who has a plan for dealing with adversity.