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Get Ready for the March 30th USDA Reports

19:17PM Mar 29, 2012 will have complete coverage and analysis leading up to and following the release of the March 30 Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports.

Below are some pre-report estimates and insight. Check back to see more news and commentary on the day of the reports.

Do you have questions about the March 30 reports? Share them with us and get them answered on AgWeb Radio!

News & Analysis 

Why Is the Prospective Plantings Report Important?
Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory explains the ins and outs of the March 30 reports.

Cattle Producers Could See a Break in Feed Costs

Livestock producers might get a reprieve in feed costs if the upcoming USDA report corroborates what many expect.

Gulke's Guide to March 30 Reports

Market expert Jerry Gulke tells you how to prepare for and position yourself ahead of the reports.

Acreage Shifts Likely to Occur this Spring

Pam Fretwell talks with Jim Bower of Bower Trading about the upcoming March 30 Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports.

Manage Profitability Prior to USDA Reports

Margins expert Chris Barron says that one of the most important things for farmers to consider as the March 30 USDA report approaches is locking in crop insurance.

Big Report Numbers Could Yield $5 Corn—and Lower Feed Costs for Dairies
The dairy sector hopes USDA's March 30 Prospective Plantings report will show more corn acreage and result in lower crop prices.

Corn Yield Prospects and Price Implications

Widely differing views of yield prospects for 2012 have emerged. Here's what will contribute and how prices could be affected.

More Corn, Lower Prices in USDA Outlook

The corn market is working. Expect record-high corn prices in 2011-12 to drive corn acreage and production to record highs this year.

Soybean Prices Soar Due to Strong Demand

A failing South American crop and strong demand from overseas are pushing soybean prices higher.

USDA Production Expectations
USDA rolled out its projections for the year ahead at the Agricultural Outlook Forum in late February.


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Live Discussion

Read what farmers are saying about the upcoming reports. See:

Marketing Old Crop and New Crop 2012

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Blogs & Commentary

jerry gulke Balancing Supply with Demand
by Jerry Gulke, Top Producer "Market Strategy" columnist

USDA's stocks report has been a subject of controversy among those at odds with the agency's ability, or lack thereof, to provide useful data.
Greg Wagner Plowing Ahead in the Wake of USDA Report
by Greg Wagner, Even Keel Ag Perspectives

Whether soy acreage can be boosted to levels above current trade expectations will not be known until the release of USDA's Prospective Plantings report.
Marc Schober

Soybeans Rally to Five-Month High
by Marc Schober, Farmland Forecast

Grain markets performed well in February. Now, all eyes turn to the March 30 reports.