Mark Nov. 8 on your calendars

On Oct. 18, for the first time since reporting began in 1866, the federal government didn’t issue a monthly crop production report. The report was another casualty of the government shutdown.

But the shutdown is over, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will release a new production report on Nov. 8 — its first such report this harvest season.

An area grain marketing expert told me this morning that the Nov. 8 report will draw considerable attention from folks in the grain industry. Stocks of major crops have been tight for several years, so food companies and exporters are understandably anxious to see USDA’s newest 2013 estimates.

A lot of Agweek readers will be interested in the estimates, too.

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