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Coverage and Analysis of March 30 Reports

08:26AM Mar 30, 2012


Below is AgWeb's full coverage of the March 30 Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks reports. Check back to see more news and commentary of the data.


News & Analysis 

USDA: Corn Stocks Still Tight
Old-crop corn stocks continue to be tight, but soybean and wheat stocks remain plentiful, according to USDA's latest Grain Stocks report.

Corn Stocks Still Tight
Soybean and wheat stocks remain plentiful, however.

Weigh Options Before Changing Planting Decisions
If you're thinking about switching from corn to soybeans in the coming weeks, margins expert Chris Barron offers a few things to consider.

Bullish Grain Stocks, Soybean Acreage Headline Reports
Although Friday’s report did reveal a bearish new crop corn acreage figure, it was the new crop soybean acreage estimate as well as bullish grain stocks figures that stole the show.

Gulke Audio: Total Acres Come Up Short
Following USDA’s March 30 report, Jerry Gulke says about 3 million acres are missing from the total predicted acres. Gulke says it’s now up to the market to entice those acres into the right crop.

With Good Weather, Corn Planters Keep Rolling
When corn growers start planting this spring, they'll probably keep planting corn until they've seeded nearly 96 million acres.

AgWeb Radio: Midday Commentary 3-30-12
Kevin Van Trump of Farm Direction said the reports' biggest surprise was the drop in soybean acres, causing prices to trade up the limit. Old-crop corn trading up near the limit based on carry-over stocks


Utterback: Acreage Suprises Make Prices Explode
USDA is expecting soybean acres will be around 1 million less than last year. Market expert Bob Utterback explains what that will mean for this year’s grain prices.

AgWeb Radio: Opening Commentary 3-30-12
Tom Grisafi of Indiana Grain Company says the report numbers appear to be bullish. He is watching markets that are open and trade commodities and has noticed a 2%-4% rise in those markets.

Blog Commentary

GrainHedge Grain Hedge: 95.9 Million Corn Acres, Wheat and Soybeans Come In Low
Paul Georgy
Howard Tyllas
Soybean, Corn, and Cattle Daily Numbers & Trade Ideas: USDA 2012 Plantings intentions Report in millions of acres for 3/30/12
Greg Wagner


Live Discussion

Read what farmers are saying about today's reports. See:

Marketing Old Crop and New Crop 2012

Find out what tradersand others are saying about the reports on Twitter: AgWeb's Market Tweets

See how the reports are affecting prices. Visit the AgWeb Markets Center.


Prospective Planting Reports 


Prospective Plantings: Corn Acres Up 4%, Soybeans Down 1% 

Prospective Plantings: U.S. Crop Summary

Prospective Plantings: Crop Yield and Production


Prospective Plantings: Corn

Prospective Plantings: Cotton

Prospective Plantings: Soybeans

Prospective Plantings: Rice

Prospective Plantings: All Hay

Prospective Plantings: All Wheat

Prospective Plantings: Sorghum

Prospective Plantings: Winter Weather Summary

Grain Stocks: Grain Stocks by Position and Month

Corn Stocks Down 8% from 2011



Pre-Report Analysis

Get Ready for the March 30th USDA Reports
See all of the pre-report estimates and predictions for this week’s reports.