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Many farm operators will tell you that grain marketing decisions are one the hardest part of farming. This is especially true during times of highly volatile markets such as have been occurring in the past couple of years. Farm operators are concerned with inflation and the rapidly rising input costs, wanting to make sure that they keep their working capital strong for the 2023 crop year. In addition, the current tight local “basis” level for grain comes into play when making a sales decision for the 2022 corn and soybean crop.