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Oilseeds Soymeal Inventory Down Slightly as Feed Demand Improves Improving downstream fundamentals in the livestock market, particularly in hog production (China’s bellwether agricultural industry), drove soymeal demand higher in early December. While food inflation has continued to remain well below 2016 figures, evidenced by last month’s data that showed food prices were down 1.1 percent on an annualized basis, live pig prices have continued their steady recovery. Through 6 December, the average live pig price across China had reached RMB 14.91/kg ($2.25/kg) or RMB 6.76/lb. ($1.02/lb., an increase of RMB 0.48/kg ($0.072/kg) or RMB 0.22/lb. ($0.033/lb.) Looking ahead, a cold wintery season heading into the December holidays s...

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Summary of Futures

Mar 23 Corn closed at $6.67/bushel, down $0.025 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Wheat closed at $7.955/bushel, up $0.14 from yesterday's close.  Jan 23 Soybeans closed at $14.695/bushel, up $0.1 from yesterday's close.  Jan 23 Soymeal closed at $417.8/short ton, up $10.2 from yes...

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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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