I’ve always known hedging as giving up opportunities; will I have to cap my profits?

Producers have many tools available when it comes to protecting profit margins. Depending on the type of contracting one chooses, it may be true that you are “locking in” to a fixed price level for either your input costs or your sales revenue. Other tools may allow you to protect a price level without limiting your ability to participate in more favorable prices. In this way, your profitability is not necessarily capped, although there is a cost associated with maintaining that flexibility. For more on strategy descriptions, please reference Core Strategies under Tutorials.