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Information in this section provides producers with objective up-to-date market information, analysis, outlook and other references to assist in making marketing decisions



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Crop Storage Issues May Be Less Severe Than Anticipated (October 20, 2014)
The large size of fall harvested crops in the U.S. have raised very real concerns about the ability to readily store the record supply of crops available this year. Supplies that exceed permanent storage capacity require the use of temporary storage facilities or may require delayed harvest in some circumstances. However, weather related harvest delays to date and a rapid rate of consumption mean that overall storage issues may be less severe than feared this year.

   


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USDA Corn and Soybean Acreage Estimates and Yield Forecasts: Dispelling Myths and Misunderstandings (March 23, 2011)
The U.S. is the world’s largest producer and exporter of corn and soybeans. As a result, the size of the crops in the U.S. has a substantial impact on the price of corn and soybeans. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the primary provider of public information relative to potential crop size. These reports are among the biggest market movers year-in and year-out.

   


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Evaluation of Selected USDA WAOB and NASS Forecasts and Estimates in Corn and Soybeans (January 2014)
A number of agencies in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are involved in collecting, analyzing, forecasting, and disseminating information about the production and consumption of the corn and soybean crops.This summarizes the results of a research report¬ ¬ that evaluates USDA forecasts and estimates for corn and soybeans. This is the first of a series of farmdoc daily posts that will discuss the findings in the report. The research was funded by the Office of the Chief Economist of the USDA.
   


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Report 2012-02: The Pricing Performance of Market Advisory Services in Cattle Over 1995-2004 (June 2012)
The purpose of this research report is to evaluate the pricing performance of market advisory services for 1995-2004 cattle. Explicit marketing assumptions are applied to the track records in order to produce consistent and comparable results across the different advisory programs.

Report 2012-01: The Pricing Performance of Market Advisory Services in Hogs Over 1995-2004 (June 2012)
The purpose of this research report is to evaluate the pricing performance of market advisory services for 1995-2004 hogs. Explicit marketing assumptions are applied to the track records in order to produce consistent and comparable results across the different advisory programs.

Report 2009-01: The Pricing Performance of Market Advisory Services in Wheat Over 1995-2004 (December 2009)
The purpose of this research report is to evaluate the pricing performance of market advisory services for the 1995-2004 wheat crops. Explicit marketing assumptions are applied to the track records in order to produce consistent and comparable results across the different advisory programs.

Report 2009-02: Advisory Service Marketing Profiles for Soft Red Winter Wheat over 1995-2004 (December 2009)
This report presents marketing profiles and loan deficiency payment/marketing loan gain profiles for the advisory services followed by the AgMAS Project for the 1995 through 2004 soft red winter wheat crops.

Report 2009-03: Advisory Service Marketing Profiles for Hard Red Winter Wheat over 1995-2004 (December 2009)
This report presents marketing profiles and loan deficiency payment/marketing loan gain profiles for the advisory services followed by the AgMAS Project for the 1995 through 2004 hard red winter wheat crops.





Illinois Regional Basis Decision Tool
This tool presents historical corn and soybean basis for seven regions in Illinois.  Basis and cash prices are reported weekly for the 1975 crop year to the present.

Corn - Last Update: 10/2/2014
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Soybeans - Last Update: 10/2/2014
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Selected Corn and Soybean Market Data
This tool presents, in tabular form, the current and historical values of factors important for developing supply, demand, and price expectations for corn and soybeans. Select the preferred format for either crop:

Corn - Last Update: 10/16/2014
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Soybeans - Last Update: 10/16/2014
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Illinois Average Farm Price Received Database
This database presents average farm price received data for multiple commodities in Illinois.  Prices are reported both monthly and annually for the 1960 marketing and calendar years to the present.

   

US Average Farm Price Received Database
This database presents average farm price received data for multiple commodities, in the US.  Prices received are reported both monthly and annually for the 1960 marketing and calendar years to the present.

Agricultural Supply and Demand Database
This tool presents, in both tabular and graphical form, the values for a number of important supply, demand, and price variables for US and world crops and livestock.  The variables are reported annually for the 1975 marketing year to the present.

Note to users: Price and basis data presented in the above tools and databases are historical. For current cash, futures, and options prices, please see our Prices and Weather Page



Presented here are links to popular USDA and other reports which provide current and historical market related information. The timing of release is indicated so that users can access the most recent reports in a timely fashion. A link to the USDA calendar of reports is also provided.

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