Butter stocks surge as milk supply grows

Two major news releases from USDA on Tuesday, Feb.23, prompted a counterintuitive market reaction as prices firmed toward the end of the week. The Cold Storage Report showed AA salted butter stocks at 328 million pounds through January 2021. To put that in perspective, [...]

February cattle on feed at multiyear high

As of Feb. 1, U.S. cattle on feed totaled just over 12.1 million head, the second highest February total since reporting began in 1996. Inventory was up 1 percent from January and up about 1 percent YOY, slightly above industry expectations. The high number [...]

FAO: World food prices up nearly 8.8% YOY in January

FAO reported its January food price index up 2.7 percent from December and up 8.8 percent YOY (adjusted for inflation). Month on month, its component subindexes were either up (cereals, oils, sugar) or nearly flat (meat, dairy). Year on year, nearly all subindexes made [...]

Price of Thanksgiving meal down 5.8%

In the U.S., the nongovernmental American Farm Bureau Federation reports that a meal for ten would cost about $46.90 at the grocery store (not adjusted for inflation). The figure, based on a nationwide survey, is down 4 percent from the estimate of $48.91 last [...]

EU-27 corn production estimate revised lower

As of late October, the European Commission’s 2020/21 EU-27 corn production estimate was 60.2 MMT, down 10.0 MMT from its August estimate, per Reuters. The EU has sourced most of its corn imports from Ukraine in recent years, but with both the EU and [...]

Food Price Index rises for second month

Adjusted for inflation, the September FAO Food Price Index was reported up 2 percent from August and up under 6 percent YOY. This is the fourth straight month of monthly gains but only the second straight month of YOY gains. Month on month, most [...]

Corn supply reductions partially offset by lower demand

Friday’s WASDE report noted some expected changes to the domestic corn balance sheet, including supply reductions that were partially offset by adjustments to demand projections. Planted and harvested acreage for 2020/21 were both reduced by 1 million acres, with the latter now pegged at [...]

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