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Wheat Reserve on Sept. 1 Drops 12% From Year Earlier, USDA Says

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Domestic wheat stockpiles on Sept. 1 were 12 percent smaller than a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Inventories totaled 1.855 billion bushels, down from 2.105 billion (57.3 million metric tons) a year earlier, the USDA said today in a report. Twenty-five analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News expected a 7.6 percent drop on average to 1.945 billion bushels.

About 991 million bushels were consumed in the quarter ended Aug. 31, up 10 percent from a year earlier, the USDA said. Farmers held 547 million bushels, compared with 573 million a year earlier. Supplies stored in commercial grain silos were 1.308 billion bushels, down from 1.532 billion.

Production of all wheat varieties will total 2.128 billion bushels in the marketing year that began June 1, the USDA said in a separate report, down from 2.266 billion harvested a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg predicted a drop to 2.018 billion bushels, down from a September forecast of 2.114 billion.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Wilson in Chicago at jwilson29@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Stroth in Chicago at sstroth@bloomberg.net.

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