Grain Futures Mixed Ahead Of USDA Reports

Grain Futures Mixed Ahead Of USDA Reports

Agency is expected to boost corn and soybean carryout for 2013, but cut wheat outlook. (Audio)

After a wild day on Thursday that featured big moves by old crop contracts, the focus today should be on 2013 when USDA releases its first monthly estimates of production, supply and demand. The agency’s estimates of corn and soybean carryout are expected to rise dramatically, but winter wheat production should be lower after a series of weather problems that aren’t over yet. Forecasts for warmer and drier conditions next week could be crucial for farmers trying to catch up on very slow planting this spring.

Farm Futures Senior Editor Bryce Knorr offers an early look at overnight trade. You can listen to his commentary  by clicking on the audio link on this page.

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And be sure to check after 11 when we start posting information from the USDA report. We'll provide updates as we parse through the information. And you'll get more analysis in the afternoon edition of Farm Futures Daily - our twice-daily e-newsletter. If you want to see it, sign up here.

Senior Editor Bryce Knorr first joined Farm Futures Magazine in 1987. In addition to analyzing and writing about the commodity markets, he is a former futures introducing broker and is a registered Commodity Trading Advisor. He conducts Farm Futures exclusive surveys on acreage, production and management issues and is one of the analysts regularly contracted by business wire services before major USDA crop reports. Besides the Morning Call on he writes weekly reviews for corn, soybeans, and wheat that include selling price targets, charts and seasonal trends. His other weekly reviews on basis, energy, fertilizer and financial markets and feature price forecasts for key crop inputs. A journalist with 38 years of experience, he received the Master Writers Award from the American Agricultural Editors Association.

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