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Bullish Markets Until ……?

Grain and soy futures markets were mostly mired in a pit of bearish mud for the last half of 2018. Years of big U.S. and world crops had resulted in a buildup of stocks to record or near-record levels. Estimated world consumption of corn and wheat seemed to finally catch up with production in 2018/19 with ending stocks declining for the first time in several years. However, China altered corn’s statistical fundamentals with a few computer strokes that made huge increases in its “official” production and supply estimates. Although Chinese corn might not be available to the world market, available supplies from other origins were ample. World wheat supplies were also decreasing, especially stocks of good quality milling...

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Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.8175/bushel, up $0.0175 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.1775/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soybeans closed at $9.1675/bushel, up $0.09 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soymeal closed at $315.1/short ton, up $2.9 from yest...

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Forecasting developments in production agriculture

On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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