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The CBOT continued its strength on Wednesday, buoyed largely by rising Russian/Ukrainian FOB wheat prices and continued strength in the Brazilian real. Despite improving weather for Europe and the Black Sea region, the market remains concerned about Black Sea supplies, especially after Ukrainian officials cut their estimate of the country’s wheat production. Interior Russian prices are above the export market, suggesting early season exports could be slow and small. Funds were net buyers of soybeans, soymeal, and wheat, while selling soyoil and remaining basically flat corn. The U.S. weather forecast for the coming 10 days features modest dryness across the Central Plains and Iowa while a storm pushing up from the Gulf will send rain...

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Dec 20 Corn closed at $3.365/bushel, down $0.0825 from yesterday's close.  Sep 20 Wheat closed at $5.2475/bushel, down $0.0925 from yesterday's close.  Nov 20 Soybeans closed at $8.7525/bushel, down $0.155 from yesterday's close.  Dec 20 Soymeal closed at $291.7/short ton, down $...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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