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  • Jan 14, 2014
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    Corn debate after the USDA report 2

    The Bulls vs. Bears in the Corn market...More
  • Jan 14, 2014
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    January 2014 USDA report summary

    As expected, the USDA Crop Production Report released on Jan. 10 indicates that the total U.S. corn production for 2013 will increase significantly, and the 2013 soybean production will increase moderately, as compared to production levels in 2012....More
  • Nov 12, 2013
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    USDA increases expected crop production

    As expected, the USDA report released on Nov. 8 increased the estimated total corn and soybean production in 2013. Crop production estimates were raised, despite many areas of Iowa, Minnesota and the Upper Midwest dealing with very late planting, along with some late-season drought conditions. However, overall 2013 crop conditions in the U.S. were better than expected, with many areas benefiting from some very favorable weather in late summer, and the extended growing season in the Upper Midwest enhanced some of the later-planted crops....More
  • Nov 8, 2013
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    November WASDE report breakdown 1

    Large traders are starting to talk about a long-term bearish cycle for corn, wheat and soybeans starting to settle in. The fear is that with no major weather hiccup corn could be the immediate leader to the downside, followed by wheat in early-2014, then soybeans by mid-2014....More
  • Sep 17, 2013
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    September 2013 USDA Crop Production summary

    The USDA Crop Production Report released on Sept. 12 made a slight increase in the expected U.S. corn production for 2013, as compared to the August USDA Report, while making a 3% reduction in estimated 2013 U.S. soybean production. USDA is now estimating total 2013 corn production at 13.8 billion bushels, which if realized, would result a new record for annual U.S. corn production. Total U.S. corn production was 10.8 billion bushels in the drought year of 2012, 12.3 billion bushels in 2011, and 12.5 billion bushels in 2010. USDA left the anticipated harvested corn acres at 89.1 million acres, which is unchanged from the Aug. 1 estimate....More
  • Aug 20, 2013
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    Aug. 12 USDA crop report analysis 44

    There has been a lot of uncertainty in many portions of the major corn and soybean producing areas of the United States during the 2013 growing season, which lead to a very highly anticipated Aug. 12 USDA Crop Report. Large areas of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota were severely impacted by very late planting, which lead to a significant amount of prevented planted crop acres. Much of this same region was also negatively impacted by excessive rainfall in May and June, and is now dealing with concerns related to slower than normal crop development, due to very cool temperatures in late July and early August....More
  • Aug 6, 2013
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    USDA Projections for the Next Decade 6

    Periodically, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) updates and releases the baseline projections for U.S. crop and livestock production for the next decade. A few months ago, NASS released the latest updated baseline projections for U.S. crop production. While projections this far into the future may seem insignificant, they do become important in the future long-range planning process for farm operators, ag lenders, ag policy makers and others....More
  • Aug 6, 2013
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    Insight into August 12 Supply & Demand Report 9

    Insights into what the trade seems to be thinking for the upcoming USDA report....More
  • Jul 9, 2013
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    Interesting USDA Reports for June 2013 29

    The late June USDA Acreage and Grain Stocks Report is always highly anticipated because it becomes the first hard data after the March USDA Plantings Intentions Report to give an indication of crop production levels in a given growing season, as of June 1. Many times the June USDA reports can have a big impact, either upwards or downwards, on grain market trends. There was much anticipation for June 28 report this year, given the uncertainty surrounding crop planting in some areas of the Midwest, and the poor growing conditions in other areas of the U.S....More
  • Jun 18, 2013
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    USDA: GM Wheat Isolated Incident

    The sprouting of an unapproved genetically engineered wheat strain in an Oregon field appears to have been an isolated incident, U.S. agricultural officials said on Friday, adding that they had validated a method for detecting the presence of the GE wheat. "As of today, USDA has neither found nor been informed of anything that would indicate that this incident amounts to more than a single isolated incident in a single field on a single farm," said USDA Office of Communications Director Matt Paul. "All information collected so far shows no indication of the presence of GE wheat in commerce."...More
  • Jun 13, 2013
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    USDA Helps Farmers Deal With Climate Change

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to the National Press Club recently about helping farmers and ranchers deal with climate change. Vilsack said USDA will establish regional cubs to enable the USDA to carry out "regionally appropriate climate change risk and vulnerability assessments." USDA agencies will also give cover crop guidance based on local conditions and is also releasing a free online tool to manage and evaluate carbon to help producers calculate how much carbon their conservation actions can remove from the atmosphere....More
  • May 14, 2013
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    May 10 WASDE Could Cause Grain Market Concerns 4

    The USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WADSE) Reports released on May 10 were regarded as bearish for the corn market and neutral to bearish for the soybean market in the coming months. Corn stocks are expected to more than double by the end of the next crop marketing year, while the ending stocks for soybeans are expected show more moderate increases for the 2013-2014 marketing year, which runs from Sept. 1, 2013 to Aug. 31, 2014....More
  • May 7, 2013
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    USDA to Update 2013-2014 Forecasts 4

    With Friday morning’s monthly USDA supply/demand update expected to show only minor adjustments in 2012-2013 estimates, the corn and soybean trade will focus on the agency’s first monthly estimates for 2013-2014....More
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