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U.S. Corn Highlights - Unchanged from March
This month’s 2016/17 U.S. corn outlook is for increased corn used to produce ethanol, reduced feed and residual use and unchanged ending stocks. Corn used to produce ethanol is raised 50 million bushels to 5,450 million based on the most recent data from the Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report which estimated the amount of corn used to produce ethanol to be record high during December-February. The pace of weekly ethanol production during March as indicated by Energy Information Administration data has also been above expectations. Offsetting is a 50 million bushel reduction in projected feed and residual use to 5,500 million bushels based on disappearance indicated during the first half of the marketing year in the March 31 Grain Stocks. With offsetting usage changes, ending stocks are unchanged from last month. The season-average corn price received by producers is unchanged at the midpoint with the range narrowed to $3.25 to $3.55 per bushel.
Forecasted Corn Price Range $3.25 - $3.55
World Corn Highlights +2.30 Million Meteric Tons
Brazil corn WASDE-564-2 production is raised primarily on larger projected second crop area. The latest government data indicate a higher-than-expected expansion of area in both the Center-West and North. Argentina corn production is increased on the latest harvest results indicating better-than-expected yields. Other major corn production changes include increases for Mexico, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa, with reductions for Paraguay, Ecuador and Russia. Major global trade changes for 2016/17 this month include higher projected corn exports for Brazil and Argentina, with increased competition from these countries expected to impact the 2017/18 marketing year in the United States. Corn imports are raised for Mexico, with mostly offsetting reductions for Indonesia, Venezuela, Philippines, and Colombia. Foreign corn ending stocks are raised from last month, with the biggest increases for Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, and Argentina.
U.S. Soybean Highlights +10 million bushels from March
U.S. soybean supply and use changes for 2016/17 include higher seed use, reduced residual disappearance, and higher ending stocks. Seed use is raised in line with the record plantings indicated in the March 31 Prospective Plantings report, and residual use is reduced based on indications from the March 31 Grain Stocks report. With exports and crush unchanged, soybean ending stocks are projected at 445 million bushels, up 10 million from last month. Soybean meal balance sheet changes include increased exports and lower domestic use. Soybean oil changes include reduced food, feed, and other industrial use, as well as, increased ending stocks. Projected prices for soybeans and products are reduced this month. The seasonaverage soybean price is lowered 5 cents at the midpoint to $9.55 per bushel based on marketings to date and lower expected prices for the second half of the marketing year.
Forecasted Soybean Price Range $9.40 - $9.70
World Soybean Highlights +4.59 Million Metric Tons
Global oilseed production is raised 5.4 million tons to 563.4 million mainly on a combined 5.0-million-ton increase in soybean production for Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina. As a result, forecasted global soybean exports are increased 2.2 million tons to 143.3 million. Corresponding to higher exports, soybean imports are raised for China and the EU. Higher soybean production has also led to a 0.4-million-ton increase in global forecasted crush and a 4.6-million-ton increase in soybean stocks. Global soybean stocks are projected at a record 87.4 million tons, 10.3 million above a year earlier. Soybean meal production is raised 0.3 million tons aligned with higher projected crush, but with lower domestic use and import demand, soybean meal stocks are increased 0.9 million tons.
By Chris Benson
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