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U.S. Government Shutdown Leaves Big Ag Data Shrouded in Mystery

  • Bullish analyst estimates emerge as USDA’s WASDE is postponed
  • Gro Intelligence plans its own barrage of figures to fill gap
Participants enter a corn field during a stop on the Midwest Crop Tour in Elizaville, Indiana.
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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As the U.S. government shutdown postpones the Jan. 11 release of monthly market-moving agriculture data, forecasting firms and traders are trying to plug the gap with their own crop estimates.

Gro Intelligence, a closely held data and analytics company, will endeavor to fill the void in two days with its own version of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s giant data dump at noon New York time. The agency last week postponed its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, because of the shutdown, approaching a third week.