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The CBOT opened on a firm note with soybeans leading the way higher on export business news. Long soybeans/short wheat trade developed early in the day and lasted until wheat futures hit technical support and triggered buy orders. Corn trade saw some light short-covering and funds are thought to have been modest buyers on Friday. Weakness in U.S. equity/macro markets weighed on the CBOT near midday but strength largely returned by the close.  Overall, the June WASDE (as expected) was mostly a non-event and did little to encourage markets to exit recent trading ranges. The fundamentals are bearish corn, neutral soybeans, and supportive for wheat. The charts agree with respect to soybeans and wheat but are more supportive for corn. Fund...

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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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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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