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2014 USDA March 1 Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report suggesting hog supplies will be -4-5% in 14 vs. 13 but USDA overstating the numbers, this report is bearish as futures were factoring in a high drop in supplies but bullish for Grain Stocks Report on Monday March 31st, 2014!

MARCH 1 HOG INVENTORY

USDA ESTIMATE

(% VS. A YEAR AGO)

PRE REPORT AVERAGE ANALYST ESTIMATES 

(% VS. A YEAR AGO)

ANALYST RANGE OD ESTIMATES

ALL HOGS INVENTORY ON MARCH 1

97

94.6

92.0 – 97.1

KEPT FOR BREEDING

100

99.4

98.9 – 100.7

KEPT FOR MARKETING

96

94.1

96.2 – 96.9

DEC- FEB PIG CROP

97

96.4

90.8 - 101.4

DEC- FEB PIGS PER LITTER

95

96.4

92.9 - 99.8

DEC – FEB FARROWING INTENTIONS

103

100

97.8 – 101.3

MAR – MAY FARROWING INTENTIONS

102

100.5

98.6 – 102.0

JUNE – AUGUST FARROWING INTENTIONS

102

100.9

99.0 – 102.0

HOGS WEIGHING UNDER 50

96

93.5

87.7 – 98.9

HOGS WEIGHING 50 - 119

94

94.2

91.0 – 97.8

HOGS WEIGHING 120 - 179

97

94.1

92.3 – 98.1

HOGS WEIGHING 180 & OVER

95

95.2

93.9 – 97.3

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The weather in the past week has being great for planting. Crop heat unit accumulation from the 1st of May are about 200 as of the 15th of May as compared to the normal of 150 (Ottawa airport). Some areas had a light frosts this past Friday and Saturday. Where the fields were left uneven last fall, the soils are working up lumpy requiring more secondary tillage. Smoother fields were fine with a shallow, light working.

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