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On this last full day of trading ahead of the release of USDA’s various reports at noon (EST) on Friday, markets were about as quiet as one might expect given the assumption that they will contain no surprises. The January reports have a history of occasionally moving markets, but traders seem to doubt that much price action will be generated tomorrow. Whether or not end users decide to extend coverage after viewing them can be a factor in post-report price movement. Overnight trade found prices little changed amid light volume. The day session continued the same pattern except for the soy complex, which saw prices weaken for soybeans and products. March soybeans closed 5 cents lower, losing ground to new crop as November soybeans fi...

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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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