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China and weather are the topics that have dominated market chatter for the last several weeks, but they have not generated a breakout movement of grain and soy futures prices. Talk about a U.S.-China trade agreement has been going on for months, long enough to become tiresome. Both sides speak optimistically about the progress being made, and they predict one will be finalized soon. After so much time, though, such talk no longer moves prices. Traders have adopted a “show me” attitude. However, if China’s agricultural purchase commitments under such a deal are as big as rumored, the final agreement will almost certainly become a market mover. Abundant wet weather, including a few bizarre spring blizzards, has stymied pla...

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Active overnight trade pushed the CBOT higher with corn up 6.75 cents, soybeans up 7.75 cents and Chicago wheat up 8.5 cents before the morning session’s open. The catalyst for this was, of course, USDA’s confirmation yesterday afternoon that the current corn crop is the most delaye...

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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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