Analysts are taking issue with what they see as high corn and soybean yield numbers in the USDA's latest WASDE report. | File photo

Corn, soy numbers in USDA report called too high

Analysts are taking issue with what they see as high corn and soybean yield numbers in the United States Department of Agriculture’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. USDA estimated corn yields would come in at 169.5 bushels per acre, which was 3.30 bu. above the average trade estimate and 6.70 bu. above […] Read more

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. | Reuters photo

The new face of American agriculture

Meet Sonny Perdue. A veteran politician, businessman and farmer, the new U.S. secretary of agriculture has definite ideas about America’s role in trade and farm policy. What will this mean for Canadian farmers? Age 70, married with four adult children and 14 grandchildren. Born on a mixed grain farm in Bonaire, Georgia. Is actively licensed […] Read more

Hubert Hamer, director of statistics for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, says journalists and analysts are disconnected from the outside world to study data and analyze information 12 hours before the report is officially released.  |  Ed White photo

USDA serious about keeping information under wraps

Commodity market sensitive | Agricultural statistics are used by commodity traders and can affect markets, so timely release is essential

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s not easy for reporters and government staff to enter the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s lockup facilities. They must have their credentials checked, pass a security guard’s inspection, go through alarmed doors and hand over cellphones and digital devices. They also face a network of surveillance and data protection measures that they […] Read more