A study of the USDAs corn and soybean production forecasts over a 34-year period concludes that such projections "perform reasonably well in generating crop production forecast for corn and soybeans." Still, the study, done at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, finds room for improvement.
"In particular, the USDA may want to consider expanding the scope of the subjective yield surveys to incorporate a wider range of market and industry participants," said Darrel Good, U of I Extension marketing specialist and professor of agricultural and consumer economics, who co-authored the study with his colleague, Scott Irwin.
The complete study may be read online at: www.farmdoc.uiuc.edu/agmas/reports/05_03/AgMAS05_03.html on Extensions farmdoc website.
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