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With the U.S. stock market tanking again and worries over the global economy building, investors continued yesterday’s flight from risk. Nearly all commodity markets were lower, led by a nearly $4.00 loss for crude oil, and the “safe haven” U.S. dollar was up sharply. Amid all the financial and commodity market turmoil, though, grain and soy markets were strangely untouched. However, those markets had little to trade on other than the latest comment from the Trump administration or Chinese sources related to their dispute. Of course, that has largely been the case for the last month. Almost every time soybean futures have moved sharply up or down, it has been because of something said relative to the U.S.-China trade confl...

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Summary of Futures

Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.7475/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.0425/bushel, down $0.0275 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soybeans closed at $9.075/bushel, up $0.04 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soymeal closed at $306.5/short ton, up $1 from yeste...

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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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