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Ethanol Increase: More Art than Science

EPA will set ethanol Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for 2020 to net out at 15 billion gallons; that is the latest word on the new biofuels package proposed by the Administration according to commentary from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The 2020 RVOs have been a political hot potato for a while and the subject of much speculation since 30 August when the President announced that there would be a “giant package” to boost biofuel use.  Since then details, speculation and pieces of the package were leaked.  Much of that information pointed to a 16 billion gallon RVO for corn ethanol in 2020, as we noted on 13 September.  But as WPI also wrote on 30 August, conventional ethanol faces a statutory cap of 15 bill...

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CBOT markets were sharply higher overnight after news of a pending U.S.-China trade deal. Soybeans posted an amazing 13½ cent overnight gain while corn finished the night session up 5½ cents. Wheat added 3-5 cents in similarly enthusiastic trade.  The day session saw prices m...

Turnaround 2020

The actual agricultural purchases to be made by China next year remains unclear with officials in Beijing failing to confirm President Trump’s boast about huge purchases. There is a press account citing an unnamed Chinese official oddly saying that there will be more imports of American w...

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Summary of Futures

Mar 20 Corn closed at $3.81/bushel, up $0.0325 from yesterday's close.  Mar 20 Wheat closed at $5.325/bushel, up $0.0225 from yesterday's close.  Jan 20 Soybeans closed at $9.075/bushel, up $0.0925 from yesterday's close.  Jan 20 Soymeal closed at $296.9/short ton, up $2.7 from y...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

CBOT markets were sharply higher overnight after news of a pending U.S.-China trade deal. Soybeans posted an amazing 13½ cent overnight gain while corn finished the night session up 5½ cents. Wheat added 3-5 cents in similarly enthusiastic trade.  The day session saw prices m...

Turnaround 2020

The actual agricultural purchases to be made by China next year remains unclear with officials in Beijing failing to confirm President Trump’s boast about huge purchases. There is a press account citing an unnamed Chinese official oddly saying that there will be more imports of American w...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Mar 20 Corn closed at $3.81/bushel, up $0.0325 from yesterday's close.  Mar 20 Wheat closed at $5.325/bushel, up $0.0225 from yesterday's close.  Jan 20 Soybeans closed at $9.075/bushel, up $0.0925 from yesterday's close.  Jan 20 Soymeal closed at $296.9/short ton, up $2.7 from y...

Final Hours of Policy Flurry and Fury

Congress is hitting the home stretch and policy making is at a frenzied paced. Following is a recap and some thoughts on implications. At this point, there are few details available as there are many moving parts. It will be a long weekend for policymakers and their staffs, and many long hours...

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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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