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Closing Bell Wrap-Up: Bullish Hogs and Cattle

Trading was muted today with U.S. equity markets and the Federal government closed in remembrance of former President George H. W. Bush. The CME’s agricultural markets remained open, however, for what amounted to dull, low-volume trading.  Despite the slow day, there was growing optimism that China may soon act upon the still-nebulous G-20 “agreement” to buy U.S. ag and energy products, among other goods. Rumors are circulating that China may soon procure both soybeans and corn from the U.S. Despite the markets typical “buy the rumor” reaction to Chinese news, the markets were only slightly interested today.  Corn March corn lost ½ cent after trading a 3 ½ cent range. The market clear...

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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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