Lanworth raises global corn, soy, wheat forecasts

Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:29am EDT
 
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CHICAGO Oct 23 (Reuters) - Crop forecaster Lanworth raised its forecast for world corn and soybean production on Wednesday due to bigger-than-expected yield reports from the ongoing harvest in the U.S. Midwest.

Lanworth said it expected world corn production of 955 million tonnes, 3 million higher than the forecast it issued a week ago. It also cited improved production estimates from China.

"Elevator operators in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee indicate yields near or above weather, image, and field based estimates," Lanworth said in a report.

For soybeans, Lanworth raised its global forecast by 2 million tonnes to 288 million tonnes, also noting a boost to expectations for the Argentine crop as a reason for the increased world outlook.

Lanworth also raised its estimate for world wheat production by 1 million tonnes to 707 million based on a bigger forecast for the Russian crop.

In the United States, Lanworth predicted a corn crop of 13.792 billion bushels, based on an average yield of 156.2 bushels per acre. The U.S. soybean crop was estimated at 3.215 billion bushels, based on an average yield of 41.8 bushels per acre.

Lanworth is part of Thomson Reuters Commodities Research and Forecasts. A Lanworth spokesman said the reported estimates are the midpoints of confidence ranges.

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