WASDE: Corn yield lowered to 167 bpa

In the Nov. 8 WASDE report, corn yield was lowered to 167.0 bushels per acre (bpa), down 1.4 bpa from the October report. Harvested acreage was unchanged at 81.9 million acres despite weather causing moderate fieldwork disruptions this past month. Accordingly, estimated corn production [...]

Brazil cane crush & sugar output surpass last season’s pace

Brazil’s center-south sugar campaign continues to gain on last season’s pace, with cane crush through mid-October up 5.0 percent YOY. Through September, tonnage was up 4.6 percent YOY at 79.84 MT of cane per hectare. Per recent reports, fewer rains have supported the harvest [...]

ABCL Next showcased new & clean biotechnology

The biotechnology industry is budding with many world-changing concepts and ready-for-market products. Several California-based companies working in this space discussed their objectives and perspectives at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC Next), hosted by Biofuels Digest in San Francisco last week. Alan Shaw, CEO [...]

Sharp rise in August rice starch imports

The U.S. imported around 5,100 MT of rice starch in August, about 60 percent higher than the volume imported during August 2018. Buyers were likely playing a bit of catchup after imports slid notably during May-July. With August’s strong showing, cumulative rice starch imports, [...]

Midwest braces for winter temps in early November

The weekly natural gas inventories set a new-record high on Oct. 25 at just under 3,700 Bcf, registering 17.8 percent above the prior year’s levels. However, the seasonal build may be coming to an abrupt halt in the first week of November as a [...]

Could the U.S. ban Ivory Coast cocoa?

In late October, U.S. Customs and Border Protection visited Ivory Coast to review allegations of child labor in cocoa cultivation. The investigation follows a request from two Democrat senators in July; the legislators contend that a 2015 amendment to the Customs and Border Patrol [...]

Mexico continues to be great trade partner for U.S.

U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico grew over 32 percent from 2009 to 2018, per USDA. In 2018, Mexico was the top export destination for U.S. corn, dairy, poultry meat and eggs, sugar and sweeteners, distillers dried grains, and more. Additionally, the country is in [...]