August soybean crush below expectations

NOPA members reported crushing 165.1 million bushels of soybeans last month, down from 172.8 million in July and 168.1 million in August 2019. Despite the drop YOY, August’s crush was still the second largest on record for the month. The industry had expected crush [...]

Food Price Index down in last four reported months

The FAO Food Price Index rose for a second straight month. Adjusted for inflation, the index rose 1.2 percent month on month (MOM) in July after gaining 2.3 percent in June. The sugar price index gained for a third straight month, albeit more slowly [...]

Weak dollar helping boost commodity prices

This past week’s Fed meeting and comments from Chairman Powell hinted at continued low-interest rates and a dovish stance to help the economy regain its footing in the current COVID-19 environment. Historically low-interest rates have already made an impact on the economy via a [...]

Record soybean oil use for biodiesel in May

The biodiesel industry produced 147 million gallons in May, up 2 percent from April but down 5 percent from May 2019. However, soybean oil utilization jumped to 778 million pounds, up 16 percent from April and beating the previous monthly volume of 768 million [...]

U.S. demand for palm oil continues to rise

U.S. refined palm oil imports were 155,389 MT in March, a 13-month high. (Total PO imports were higher in December 2019 than they were in March due to unusually strong imports of crude PO in December.) Use of refined palm oil in edible applications [...]

FAO Food Price Index down for a second month

FAO’s Food Price Index for March 2020 fell 4 percent from February (adjusted for inflation). The Price Index for March was still up 2.7 percent YOY, though that is the lowest monthly YOY increase in seven months. For 2020 to date, the Food Price [...]

Mixed moves in February for Food Price Indexes

For February, FAO is reporting its overall Food Price Index (inflation adjusted) down 1.0 percent from January 2020, though still up 8.1 percent from February 2019. Year on year, the individual subindexes are up by high single digits or higher. The one exception is [...]

Sunflower oil stocks find new, lower average

After a significant spike in 2018, U.S. stocks of once-refined sunflower oil in 2019 found a new, lower monthly comfort zone around 21.5 million pounds. For comparison, monthly refined oil stocks in 2016 averaged 38.9 million pounds, 48.7 million in 2017, and 57.9 million [...]

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