USDA Reports Flash

By Todd Neeley
DTN Staff Reporter

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- USDA pegged 2017-18 corn production at 14.28 billion bushels, on the high end of pre-report estimates and up 1% from the September forecast. The corn crop is expected to have an average yield of 171.8 bushels per acre, a 1.9-bushel increase compared to the September estimate.

Soybean production for 2017-18 was estimated of 4.431 billion bushels, the same as the September report. However, USDA lowered yield to 49.5 bushels per acre, down 0.4 bushel from last month. Harvest area is forecast at a record high of 89.5 million acres, up 1% from the September estimate.

These latest numbers come from USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report for October, the first report of the year to use farmer-reported acreage data from USDA's Farm Services Agency (FSA).

Thursday's new U.S. ending stocks estimates were bearish for new-crop corn and wheat but bullish for new-crop soybeans, said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman. The world ending stocks estimates from USDA were slightly bullish for corn and soybeans but bearish for wheat, he said.

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Corn acreage was lowered to 83.1 million harvested acres, within pre-report expectations and down 4% from last year.

Domestic corn ending stocks were raised 5 million bushels to 2.34 billion bushels, up from last year's ending stocks of 2.295 billion bushels, as estimated in USDA's September Quarterly Stocks report. The new ending stocks number was on the high end of pre-report analyst estimates.

USDA increased corn production in the U.S. despite lowering production slightly in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska, the four largest corn-producing states.

World ending stocks for corn were 201 million metric tons, down 26 million metric tons from last year and down slightly from the September WASDE estimate of 202.5 million metric tons.

The average farm-gate price for corn was left at $3.20 per bushel.


The soybean crop's average yield was pegged at 49.5 bpa, down 0.4 bpa from the September estimate.

Domestic soybean ending stocks were pegged at 430 million bushels, down 45 million bushels from the September report. That was up from last year's ending stocks of 301 million bushels, as estimated in the September Quarterly Stocks report. Global soybean ending stocks were 96.1 million metric tons, slightly up from last year, and within pre-report expectations.

The average farm-gate price for soybeans was left the same at $9.20 per bushel.


Domestic wheat ending stocks were 960 million bushels, above the pre-report average estimate and 27 million bushels higher than the September report. That number is down 224 million bushels from the 2016-17 ending stocks.

The average farm-gate price for wheat was left at $4.60 per bushel.


USDA forecast cotton production at 21.1 million, 480-pound bales. That is up 23% from last year. Yield is expected to average 889 pounds per acre, which would be the second-highest yield on record.


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U.S. CROP PRODUCTION (Million Bushels) 2017-2018
Oct Avg High Low Sep 2016-17
Corn 14,280 14,168 14,329 13,836 14,184 15,148
Soybeans 4,431 4,439 4,480 4,321 4,431 4,296
Grain Sorghum 364 370 376 364 371 480
U.S. AVERAGE YIELD (Bushels Per Acre) 2017-2018
Oct Avg High Low Sep 2016-17
Corn 171.8 169.7 171.2 167.0 169.9 174.6
Soybeans 49.5 49.8 50.2 48.5 49.9 52.0
U.S. HARVESTED ACRES (Million Acres) 2017-2018
Oct Avg High Low Sep 2016-17
Corn 83.1 83.5 84.0 82.9 83.5 86.7
Soybeans 89.5 89.1 89.8 88.5 88.7 82.7
U.S. ENDING STOCKS (Million Bushels) 2017-2018
Oct Avg High Low Sep 2016-17*
Corn 2,340 2,249 2,450 1,985 2,335 2,295
Soybeans 430 453 503 375 475 301
Grain Sorghum 28 35 39 31 29 34
Wheat 960 946 971 928 933 1,184
*Corn, soybeans, grain sorghum USDA's Sep 29 Quarterly Stocks
WORLD ENDING STOCKS (Million Metric Tons) 2017-2018
Oct Avg High Low Sep 2016-17
Corn 201.0 201.5 204.0 196.7 202.5 227.0
Soybeans 96.1 96.5 98.0 93.9 97.5 96.0
Wheat 268.1 262.9 265.4 258.0 263.1 255.8


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