U.S. shutdown sends grain traders, farmers hunting for data

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U.S. shutdown sends grain traders, farmers hunting for data

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By P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek

CHICAGO (Reuters) - When the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a slew of key farm reports would not be released on Friday due to the partial government shutdown, the phones at crop forecaster Gro Intelligence blew up.

The USDA was set to release its views on the projected size of U.S. soybean stockpiles, among other data, following a record-large domestic harvest and a trade war with China that has slowed U.S. exports.