About me

Thanks for stopping by! A brief intro – I’m an independent financial/business journalist who’s logged hard time as a reporter and editor at Bloomberg News, Crain’s Chicago Business, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswires, the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press and a few other stops the past 20 years. I’ve spent a lot of time on Chicago’s trading floors chronicling the exciting worlds of commodity markets and finance, covered subjects ranging from the World Series, the Federal Reserve and the biggest oil boom in history, and have also freelanced for, to name a few, the Chicago Cubs, Major League Baseball, and CME Group, the futures exchange operator.

As the name of this blog implies, I live in the north side of Chicago in an enclave known as Wrigleyville, close enough to see the lights of the Friendly Confines from my roof. The lovely Kate, a Downers Grove, Ill. native, serves as my part-time agronomist’s assistant and full-time wife. We’ve got a couple sprouts of our own, Paige (almost 4, as of autumn 2013) and Ellie (almost 2). Between those two and the corn, I’m not sure what’s growing faster.

Finally, I’m a 1990 alum of Iowa State University and grew up on a farm outside of the town of Williamsburg in the great state of Iowa, home of the tall corn and the inspiration for ths blog.

I hope you enjoy watching corn grow even a fraction as much as I do. Cheers! Bruce

*Good news! I rejoined the rat race in January 2010 – Business Editor for Vance Publishing’s Food360 division, covering commodity markets, agribusiness and the food industry from the floor of the CBOT.


8 responses to “About me

  1. Yo Diggler!

  2. I think this is the first stuff of yours I’ve ever read, Bruce! I love how you write!

  3. I appreciate what you’re doing. Fellow Iowa native here….in fact, if you knew any Currys in Williamsburg, they were my cousins. Take care and keep it up.

  4. Bruce. Are you having any drying capacity problems? Using the oven, perhaps?


    • No capacity problems. But like the farmers I’m going to wait on harvest a little more to let the stuff dry naturally and save on drying costs. These ovens run on gas too, you know.

  5. Wasnotaporkqueen.com

    I guess… 867 kernals/beans…

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