The disruption of data cited by the federal government's shutdown and the USDA reporting is one of the key obstacles ag producers are facing since the government closure took place.

This report from Reuters quotes officials at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) saying their own procedures are potentially going to be restructured as a result. On Wednesday, the CME suspended lean hog and feeder cattle price indexes, which both rely on USDA price data.

The USDA crop production report was scheduled for release Oct. 11. Since it requires two weeks of surveying and data gathering, the reporting process will be disrupted and the critical report will undoubtedly be delayed. end mark