Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Joshua G. Maples

Committee Member

Ardian Harri

Committee Member

Eunchun Park

Committee Member

William E. Maples

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 1 year

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only


Agricultural Economics

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Agricultural Economics


Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee all border the Mississippi River, a primary shipping channel in the United States. These Mid-South states serve as a southern agricultural hub in terms of corn and soybean production. The Mid-South is a prime location for merchandisers to take advantage of the Mississippi River in addition to a vast connection of railway systems and interstates for moving grain. The main objective of this study is to analyze local basis for selling locations in the Mid-South and connect basis movements with transportation flows to understand grain basis dynamics in the Mid-South better. An empirical analysis shows the nearby futures months have the greatest effect on both corn and soybean basis dynamics in the Mid-South. Farmers and merchandisers can take the results to better understand how changes in basis patterns can impact producer revenue and how to benefit from those changes.