Lower 2018/19 soybean exports raise ending stocks

Today’s S&D update was quieter for soybeans than corn, with the only change being a 75 million bushel reduction in 2018/19 ending stocks. This one change pushed estimated 2018/19 ending stocks past 1.0 billion bushels and carried projected 2019/20 ending stocks near a similar [...]

Demand for nutritious beverages on the rise in China

In a recent report, USDA found urban Chinese consumers are eating and drinking healthier than in previous years, emphasizing “eating well” over “eating full.” This mindset, along with a need for convenient nutrition, has led to growth in China’s beverage industry. In fact, profit [...]

Rise in dairy product inventories

While trade tensions between U.S. and China are not yet settled and NAFTA’s replacement, USMCA, has not been ratified, exports of dairy products that would normally be shipping to these two key destinations have been lagging. Following U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, China and [...]

U.S. HFCS export fell 2 percent in 2018

USITC data for December show the U.S. exported 73,330 MT (dry weight) of HFCS during the month: 3,375 MT of HFCS-42 and 69,955 MT of HFCS-55, which raised cumulative 2018 HFCS exports to 1.046 MMT, slightly lower than annual exports in 2016 and 2017. [...]

WASDE: USDA lowers corn use, raises soybean crush

Today’s WASDE report confirmed the market’s expectation for lower corn utilization for ethanol, which USDA lowered by 25 million bushels, to 5.550 billion bushels. USDA also lowered U.S. corn exports by 75 million bushels, a move that was less expected but not out of [...]

EU to restrict palm-oil-derived biodiesel

A new EU law would limit the use of biodiesel derived from certain feedstocks to current volumes through 2023 but then zero out their use by 2030. Palm oil is one of the affected feedstocks because of its link to deforestation. Reuters reports that [...]

U.S. AJC imports rebounded in November

With import/export volumes being reported again, we now know that the U.S. imported over 5.5 million gallons of 70˚ Brix apple juice concentrate in November, up more than 15 percent from the small volumes imported in September and October but still below levels seen [...]

Will USDA lower corn use for ethanol?

USDA will publish its corn S&D update on Friday—the first official look at crop production and use since Dec. 11. Exports and utilization for ethanol may be due for adjustment. During the government shutdown, USDA continued to report on grains inspected for export. For [...]