An internet game for farmers called Commodity Challenge will be played this fall via the web. The online market simulation was created by an agricultural economics professor as a way to teach producers about risk management. Commodity Challenge will last six months and use up-to-date prices and information sources.
The spring session brought more than 400 participants, some of whom were able to capture 15 cents a bushel or more from their phantom crops in the no-risk environment. The upcoming session, which is scheduled to start September first, could see as many as six thousand participants in the free online simulation.