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Deep Dive Episode 11: USDA Grain Stocks

What to watch for in the agency’s quarterly reports. (audio)

The quarterly USDA grain stocks report is one of many reports the agency regularly releases that can have a big impact on grain prices. This report is sometimes hard to predict, although they tend to have a bottom line that is easy to understand.

In the latest episode of the Deep Dive podcast, we take a closer look and cut through some of the data to come to some helpful conclusions, including learning more about what surprises sometimes pop up in these reports.

Miss an episode? Follow the links below to get a better handle on China, outside markets, El Niño and other factors that often influence grain prices.

Deep Dive #10 – Options

Deep Dive Episode #9 – Outside Markets

Deep Dive #8: Basis

Deep Dive #7: Volatility

Deep Dive #6: Grain Marketing Math

Deep Dive #5: El Niño

Episode 4: USDA Export Data

Episode 3: USDA Production Projections

Episode 2: China 

Episode 1: Spreads

Senior Editor Ben Potter brings more than 14 years of professional agricultural communications and journalism experience to Farm Futures. He began working in the industry in the highly specific world of southern row crop production. Since that time, he has expanded his knowledge to cover a broad range of topics relevant to agriculture, including agronomy, machinery, technology, business, marketing, politics and weather. He has won several writing awards from the American Agricultural Editors Association, most recently on two features about drones and farmers who operate distilleries as a side business. Ben is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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 www.FarmFutures.comhe 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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