USDA's September Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports usually don't get much attention. Sure, media types flock to the lock-up like always and analysts drool at the prospect of having another set of estimates to analyze, but generally speaking, grain and oilseeds markets don't get all that excited. That could change this year after USDA's initial survey-based guesses in August came in well above all the analysts' pre-report guesses.
Sometimes it's best just to start at the beginning. And in the case of USDA's August Crop Production and Supply and Demand reports, that means new-crop corn and soybean yield and production estimates. To say Thursday's numbers were bearish could be considered one of the understatements of the year. These numbers weren't just bigger than the average pre-report estimate, they came in well above the high end of the range for pre-report guesses.
I recall the collective groan from U.S. agriculture following USDA's July Crop Production reports, an involuntary response to the government leaving 2017 yield numbers unchanged from June. But, if we recall, it could hardly be otherwise. USDA uses trend-line yield calculations through July, regardless of what the weather might be across the U.S. through the early part of the month.
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