U.S. April food prices up 1% from March, up 9% YOY

ERS estimates inflation for selected food price indexes in the U.S. was 1.0 percent in April vs. March, with inflation for food at home at 1.3 percent that month. Eggs saw double-digit inflation, up 10.3 percent from March and up 22.6 percent YOY. Dairy [...]

Corn market rises on new-crop supply concerns

Futures activity May-22 corn closed near $7.90 per bushel last Friday, up more than 25 cents from Monday. The Dec-22 harvest contract closed at $7.35 per bushel. The general lack of spread among 2022/23 contracts may be reflecting the market’s uncertainty over corn for [...]

Dairy market jittery ahead of key USDA monthly reports

Valentine’s Day must have fanned the flames of dairy bulls as the Fonterra Global Dairy Trade auction registered its third consecutive hike in prices. The Feb. 15 event saw prices rise across all product categories with a cumulative growth of 4.2 percent. Core products [...]

Soybean export sales to China higher than average

China purchased over 1.3 MMT of soybeans during Jan. 7-20, including almost 790,000 MT transferred from sales previously assigned to unknown destinations. This volume is a bit higher than usual for this time of year and may reflect China’s concern about the eventual size [...]

Corn exports climb to three-week high

For the week ending Jan. 6, U.S. corn exports were a three-week high near 1.0 MMT (39.8 million bushels). Cumulative 2021/22 exports rose to nearly 15.7 MMT (616.7 million bushels), down some 6 percent YOY. Weekly corn export sales were 457,675 MT (18.0 million [...]

Signs of weakness creeping into dairy market

After prices rallied sharply in November, the dairy market seemed dominated by bullish buyers and tight heifer supply. However, when the market is leaning so hard in one direction, with brokers/distributors only seeing dollar signs, it may be a time to pause, reflect, and [...]

WASDE: Modest changes to world grain production

In the December WASDE, USDA made no changes to either the U.S. corn or soybean balance sheets. U.S. wheat 2021/22 ending stocks saw a slight increase as exports were cut 20 million bushels to 840 million bushels, and imports were lowered from 115 to [...]

Record Ukraine corn harvest nears completion

As of late-November, about 87 percent of Ukraine’s 2021/22 crop was harvested. Unofficial receipts were at roughly 35.0 MMT, so final production may reach or surpass USDA’s estimate of 38.0 MMT, a record. Ukraine’s ag ministry raised its 2021/22 production estimate to 40.0 MMT. [...]

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