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No Excitement Expected in the December USDA Reports

USDA will release its December WASDE report tomorrow at noon (EST), and it has been impossible to find anyone who thinks it will include any numbers that are unexpected or will change the flow of the markets. It is important to remember that there will be no adjustments to the U.S. corn or soybean yield estimates from the November report. The next changes will come in the 12 January 2018 “final” crop summary, so the supply side of tomorrow’s WASDE numbers should be the same as last month. There might be small revisions in the demand side of the various crop equations, though. Wheat, corn and soybean export sales/shipments are all currently behind the pace necessary to meet USDA’s annual objectives. For example, Reut...

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