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WPI Crop Progress and Conditions App (Updated 8 July)

Update for 1 April 2024: Last year, users pointed out differences between the 5-year averages reported in this app and what USDA estimates in its weekly report. The difference exists because WPI calculates average based on the last 5 years of observations for the current week. In cases where observations are missing for a given week in a given year, we add another preceding year to estimate the average. For example, if the last five years range from 2017-2021 but data week and data series is missing for 2018, we calculate the five-year average based on the years 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, and 2021. This may occasionally create slight differences between our estimated 5-year aveage and USDA’s. We are working to assess the best way to rem...

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WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

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