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China In-Country Analysis

Oilseeds Trade War and Weather Made Brazil China’s Main 2018 Source Recently released data from China’s Customs Bureau show how much China came to rely on Brazil in 2018 for its imported soybeans. The sharp uptick in imported soybeans from the South American giant was due primarily to the trade war between China and the U.S., which went in to full effect at the beginning of July. The other important factor was weather, which adversely impacted harvest conditions in Argentina, thereby reducing that country’s production. According to the statistics, from January through the end of November, a total of 61.7 MMT of soybeans from Brazil reached Chinese ports, up 12.8 MMT (+25.9 percent) from the same period in 2018. From Jul...

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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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