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There’s No Substitute for Natural Gas

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) weekly natural gas storage report, working natural gas in storage was 3,644 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of 11 November. That inventory was 4 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 7 Bcf below the five-year average of 3,651 Bcf. Despite falling slightly below the average, this represents a significant rebuilding of stocks back to near the five-year average, and the closest to the historical average since January. As far as natural gas prices for inputs, that is generally positive news. The normal refilling season for stocks runs from 1 April (noted in the chart above) to 31 October (give or take a week or two as refilling continues into the heating season). Inventories were...

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Summary of Futures

Mar 23 Corn closed at $6.8375/bushel, up $0.0075 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Wheat closed at $7.525/bushel, up $0.025 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Soybeans closed at $15.3525/bushel, up $0.2575 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Soymeal closed at $488.7/short ton, up $15.2 fr...

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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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