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Having been without significant scheduled data from USDA since 11 December because of the “lapse of funding” (as USDA politely puts it), it is easy to understand why the reports to be released tomorrow will command so much attention from markets and market analysts. As a reminder, these will include 1 December quarterly stocks, final yield and production estimates for U.S. corn and soybeans, and estimated planted acreage for U.S. winter wheat. As interesting as those numbers may be, most will probably focus on the February WASDE with USDA’s updated estimates of Southern Hemisphere crop production as well as fresh U.S. and world supply/demand estimates. Below are a number of questions that the reports will hopefully answer...

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