The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds data users that the National Agricultural Statistics Service and World Agricultural Outlook Board will begin issuing several major USDA statistical reports at 12 p.m. EDT beginning on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.
USDA previously released these crop reports at 8:30 a.m. EDT. USDA statistical reports with the noon release time are: World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, Acreage, Crop Production, Grain Stocks, Prospective Plantings, and Small Grains Summary.
The time for livestock reports currently released at 3:00 p.m. will not change.
An announcement about the change in time was originally made on September 19, 2012. At the time, USDA Chief Economist Joseph W. Glauber said in a statement that the change has benefits.
"The shift to a noon release allows for the greatest liquidity in the markets, provides the greatest access to the reports during working hours in the United States, and continues equal access to data among all parties," Glauber said.
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