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Cattle on Feed: Placements Drop 7 Percent

USDA released its monthly Cattle on Feed report today; the inventory of cattle and calves on feed on feedlots with 1,000 head capacity or more on 1 March was 11.6 million, or 96 percent of March 2022. The numbers were mostly in line with expectations, so the report is mostly neutral for cattle prices. However, as WPI mentioned yesterday, there is a lot riding on retail beef demand. This is the sixth consecutive month where on-feed inventories are lower than year-ago levels, which will be a trend for most of the rest of 2023 – if not all of the year. The average daily marketings in February 2023 were 91,316 head based on 19 days; that compares to 92,350 in January on 20 days. Marketings as a percent of inventory was 14.9 percent;...

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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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