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Get a sneak peek at December’s WASDE

Trade analysts offer a range of U.S. and global stock estimates ahead of the Dec. 12 report.

USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report is one of the agency’s most hotly anticipated and digested reports. Oftentimes, report days lead to a lot of grain market movement, depending on what the latest data reveals.

The next WASDE report is coming up on Dec. 12. To prepare, as many as 27 industry analysts provided estimates on some key production figures ahead of the report’s release. The analysts offered projections on several key U.S. and global stock estimates, as well as analysis on South American grain production.

That includes an average trade guess of 2.478 billion bushels of 2017/18 U.S. corn reserves, with individual estimates ranging between 2.394 billion and 2.519 billion. The November WASDE report pegged reserves at 2.487 billion bushels.

Trade analysts also estimated 440 million bushels of soybean reserves and 939 million bushels of wheat reserves. If realized, that volume would push total U.S. soybean reserves 15 million bushels higher and wheat another 4 million bushels higher, versus November volumes.

For 2017/18 global reserves, the analysts estimate 7.976 billion bushels of corn, 3.593 billion bushels of soybeans and 9.811 billion bushels of wheat. All three figures are slightly below USDA November projections, including 51.2 million bushels lower in corn, 3.7 million bushels lower in soybeans and 40.4 million bushels lower in wheat.

Analysts also estimated 2017/18 South American corn and soybean production. Those projections include corn production of 1.646 billion bushels in Argentina and 3.669 billion bushels in Brazil. The projections also include soybean production of 2.076 billion bushels in Argentina and 3.979 billion bushels in Brazil. All four figures are slightly below November estimates, except for Brazilian soybeans, trending 11 million bushels higher.

Farm Futures is a regular participant in these surveys. The following are estimates via our senior grain market analyst, Bryce Knorr.

Visit on Dec. 12 for comprehensive WASDE coverage and analysis.

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