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Livestock Round Up

The Livestock and Meat trade data will be released Monday after the holiday weekend; it will likely show exports way down in May reflecting the COVID-19 impact on slaughter and offsetting the high profile gains made in April, especially in pork shipments to China. With the COVID shutdown in plants and bottlenecks in fabrication, hogs are still backlogged, though last week’s slaughter seems to be slowly but surely working its way through the jam. Saturday kills recently have been looking like any other weekday, and slaughter weights are down about 3 pounds from the peak – though still at 291 pounds.  Total head slaughtered last week was 2.64 million head, which was 110.7 percent of last year (though that week was impacted...

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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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