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  • The soybean stocks-to-use ratio continues to fall, based on USDA estimates. (Chart by Alan Brugler)
    by Alan Brugler , DTN Contributing Analyst

    USDA cut projected soybean ending stocks last week, thus lowering the 2016-17 stocks-to-use ratio to 20.22%, the tightest since 2008-09. The market is nervous about the eventual ratio being even tighter.

  • U.S. corn stocks totaled 11.212 billion bushels as of Dec. 1, USDA said on Tuesday. (DTN file photo by Scott Kemper)
    by Alan Brugler , DTN Contributing Analyst

    USDA showed almost no change in its quarterly U.S. corn stocks estimate versus a year ago in Tuesday's report. However, this year isn't as similar to last year as the national numbers might suggest.

  • The USDA Grain Stocks report Wednesday showed Sept. 1 corn stocks of 1.731 billion bushels, up from 1.236 billion bushels last year and 821 million bushels in September 2013. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo by Jim Patrico)
    by Alan Brugler , DTN Contributing Analyst

    USDA's corn stocks report Wednesday was not a surprise, and the market didn't treat it like one. Regional supplies in the Eastern Corn Belt will be radically different than those in the west, resulting in different basis patterns for the two regions but tied together via freight.

  • USDA raised the national average soybean yield estimate to the second highest ever in its report this week. (DTN photo by Pam Smith)

    USDA's latest round of reports may have thrown a curveball on soybean ending stocks, but that doesn't mean the show is over. In fact, it's just beginning.

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