“China was again the leading destination for U.S. soybeans, though it’s still unclear just how many new purchases buyers there put on the books during the government shutdown,” says Farm Futures senior grain market analyst Bryce Knorr. “No daily totals of large new purchases came out today. Some USDA data sites are back online after being dark for 35 days and Thursday’s weekly report could be significant to the market’s psychology ahead of the now large Feb. 8 USDA reports.”
Soybean export inspections reached 34.2 million bushels last week, down from the prior week’s total of 41.6 million bushels and below trade estimates that ranged between 36 million and 51 million bushels. The weekly rate needed to match USDA forecasts increased slightly, to 35.9 million bushels. Marketing year-to-date totals of 752 million bushels continue to lose pace with 2017/18’s pace of 1.228 billion bushels.
As mentioned earlier, China was the No. 1 destination for U.S. soybean export inspections last week, with 12.6 million bushels. A diverse group of buyers rounded out last week’s top five, including Egypt (3.6 million), Japan (3.5 million), Indonesia (3.0 million) and the Netherlands (2.9 million).
Japan was the No. 1 destination for U.S. corn export inspections last week, with 14.3 million bushels. Other top destinations included Mexico (7.6 million), Saudi Arabia (2.8 million), Costa Rica (2.0 million) and Colombia (1.9 million).
Wheat export inspections shrank to 13.3 million bushels last week, falling moderately below the prior week’s total of 19.3 million bushels and dropping below trade expectations that ranged between 16 million and 23 million bushels. The weekly rate needed to meet USDA forecasts continued to move higher, reaching 24.8 million bushels. Marketing year-to-date totals of 528 million bushels are still around 11% below 2017/18’s pace of 596 million bushels.
South Korea was last week’s No. 1 destination for U.S. wheat export inspections, with 2.9 million bushels. Other top destinations included Egypt (2.3 million), Oman (2.0 million), Iraq (1.9 million) and Nigeria (1.8 million).
Source: Ben Potter, Farm Futures
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