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The CBOT was mixed with little conviction. Corn and soybeans headed lower while wheat managed to find support on spread trading and technical buying. The market is waiting for better news from the U.S.-China trade front as well as signals of improving demand.  Reports suggest that China may be becoming reluctant to continue buying U.S. agricultural products. The House Bill supporting Hong Kong protesters as well as other U.S. support for the issue may be slowing China’s efforts to fill its verbal agreements. President Trump said that the first phase of the U.S.-China trade deal is being finalized but that he won’t sign it until his scheduled meeting with Xi in Chile. The bottom line is that formal trade policy seems to be...

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Summary of Futures

Mar 23 Corn closed at $6.67/bushel, down $0.025 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Wheat closed at $7.955/bushel, up $0.14 from yesterday's close.  Jan 23 Soybeans closed at $14.695/bushel, up $0.1 from yesterday's close.  Jan 23 Soymeal closed at $417.8/short ton, up $10.2 from yes...

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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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