Will Nov/Dec biodiesel production hold steady?

EIA data for October show biodiesel production was 144 million gallons, up slightly from September but down 16 percent from October 2018, when production set new records right and left. This year, monthly production fell below 2018’s numbers starting in June and fell below [...]

2019/20 October soybean crush breaks record

NOPA members crushed 175.4 million bushels of soybeans in October, up 2 percent from October 2018, the previous record holder. Soybean oil yield fell to 11.57 pounds per bushel in October, compared to 11.71 pounds a year ago, but the high volume of crush [...]

Sugar price index clocks fifth month of gains

Sugar price index up YOY: FAO’s sugar price index was up 11.1 percent YOY in August (adjusted for inflation). This marks the fifth straight month of YOY gains after nearly two years of declines. For 2019 to date, the sugar price index is still [...]

USDA projects 2 percent growth in soybean crush

In the August WASDE report, USDA forecast 2019/20 soybean crush at 2.115 billion bushels, up 50 million bushels from this season’s volume. With crush nearly complete for the 2018/19 marketing year, USDA is estimating total crush at around 2.07 billion bushels, about 1 percent [...]

Narrow gain in May biodiesel production

U.S. biodiesel production was 154 million gallons in May, a five-month high and up 2 percent from May 2018. Manufacturers used 659 million pounds of soybean oil in May, and from January through May, soybean oil accounted for 56 percent of feedstock utilization, displacing [...]

Food prices up for first time since 2017

In July, FAO’s Food Price Index (deflated) saw its first YOY increase in 22 months. July’s Index was up 2.3 percent YOY, a considerable difference from the previous 12 months, which saw an average YOY decline of 6.4 percent. Looking at individual subindexes, both Meat and Sugar continued their [...]

Food Price Index finally ticks higher

FAO reported its Food Price Index appreciated by just 0.2 percent YOY in June, the first monthly YOY increase in 21 months. (Note: These figures are adjusted for inflation.) The increase comes courtesy of gains in three of the five subindexes: The Meat, Cereals, [...]