Global Ag News for Feb 8.23
UkrAgroConsult Sees Drop in Ukraine Grain Exports From February
Ukraine’s monthly total grain exports are likely to decline on a m/m basis from February-March, before recovering later in the year, according to UkrAgroConsult analysts.
- A “decline in deliveries by the grain corridor and switching to Danube ports is highly likely” as traders assess the risks of renewing the safe-corridor grain deal, they wrote in a weekly report; this also happened in November last year
- NOTE: Ukraine grain deal is up for renewal on March 18
- Ukragroconsult expects grain deal to be prolonged in March
- Local sales of wheat and barley may rise in February-March as farmers seek to earn money for spring fieldwork
- UkrAgroConsult sees grain exports recovering after harvesting in June-July
FUTURES & WEATHER
Wheat prices overnight are up 7 1/2 in SRW, up 8 1/4 in HRW, up 6 1/2 in HRS; Corn is up 1 1/2; Soybeans up 12; Soymeal up $0.45; Soyoil up 0.20.
For the week so far wheat prices are up 1/2 in SRW, up 21 in HRW, up 2 1/4 in HRS; Corn is down 2; Soybeans down 5 1/4; Soymeal down $1.06; Soyoil up 1.80.
For the month to date wheat prices are down 4 in SRW, up 15 1/4 in HRW, up 1 1/2 in HRS; Corn is down 4 1/4; Soybeans down 10 3/4; Soymeal up $1.70; Soyoil down 1.31.
Year-To-Date nearby futures are down 4.4% in SRW, up 0.7% in HRW, down 1.6% in HRS; Corn is down 0.4%; Soybeans up 0.5%; Soymeal up 1.5%; Soyoil down 4.2%.
Chinese Ag futures (MAR 23) Soybeans down 29 yuan; Soymeal down 15; Soyoil up 108; Palm oil up 94; Corn down 4 — Malaysian palm oil prices overnight were up 59 ringgit (+1.50%) at 3998.
There were changes in registrations (-30 Soymeal). Registration total: 2,723 SRW Wheat contracts; 0 Oats; 0 Corn; 797 Soybeans; 479 Soyoil; 7 Soymeal; 192 HRW Wheat.
Preliminary changes in futures Open Interest as of February 7 were: SRW Wheat up 4,881 contracts, HRW Wheat up 1,063, Corn up 4,160, Soybeans up 5,885, Soymeal down 6,025, Soyoil down 3,027.
Brazil Grains & Oilseeds Forecast: Rio Grande do Sul and Parana: Mostly dry Wednesday. Isolated showers Thursday-Friday. Mostly dry Saturday. Temperatures near to above normal through Saturday. Mato Grosso, MGDS and southern Goias: Scattered showers through Saturday. Temperatures near normal through Saturday.
Argentina Grains & Oilseeds Forecast: Cordoba, Santa Fe, Northern Buenos Aires: Isolated showers Wednesday. Mostly dry Thursday-Friday. Isolated showers Saturday. Temperatures above normal through Saturday. La Pampa, Southern Buenos Aires: Isolated showers Wednesday. Mostly dry Thursday-Friday. Isolated showers Saturday. Temperatures above normal through Saturday.
Northern Plains Forecast: Mostly dry Tuesday. Isolated showers Wednesday-Thursday. Mostly dry Friday-Saturday. Temperatures above to well above normal through Thursday, near to above normal Friday-Saturday. Outlook: Mostly dry Sunday-Monday. Isolated to scattered showers Tuesday-Thursday. Temperatures above normal Sunday-Tuesday, near to below normal Wednesday, below normal Thursday.
Central/Southern Plains Forecast: Scattered showers southeast Tuesday-Wednesday. Isolated showers Thursday-Friday. Mostly dry Saturday. Temperatures near to above normal through Thursday, near to below normal Friday-Saturday. Outlook: Mostly dry Sunday. Scattered showers Monday-Thursday. Temperatures near to above normal Sunday-Wednesday, near to below normal Thursday.
Western Midwest Forecast: Scattered showers south Tuesday-Wednesday. Scattered showers Thursday-Friday. Mostly dry Saturday. Temperatures above to well above normal through Thursday, near normal Friday-Saturday.
Eastern Midwest Forecast: Scattered showers through Friday. Mostly dry Saturday. Temperatures above to well above normal through Friday, near normal Saturday. Outlook: Mostly dry Sunday-Monday. Scattered showers Tuesday-Thursday. Temperatures near to above normal Sunday, above to well above normal Monday-Wednesday, near to above normal Thursday.
The player sheet for Feb. 7 had funds: unchanged SRW wheat, sellers of 4,000 corn, sellers of 3,000 soybeans, sellers of 4,500 soymeal, and buyers of 4,500 soyoil.
- WHEAT PURCHASE: Algeria’s state grains agency OAIC started buying milling wheat in an international tender which closed on Tuesday
- CORN PURCHASE: South Korea’s Major Feedmill Group (MFG) purchased an estimated 138,000 tonnes of animal feed corn in an international tender
- FEED WHEAT & BARLEY TENDER: Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) said on Wednesday that it will seek 70,000 tonnes of feed wheat and 40,000 tonnes of feed barley to be loaded by May 31 and arrive in Japan by July 27, via a simultaneous buy and sell (SBS) auction that will be held on Feb. 15.
- WHEAT TENDER PASSED: Jordan’s state grain buyer is believed to have made no purchase in an international tender to buy 120,000 tonnes of milling wheat which closed on Tuesday
- SOYBEAN TENDER: South Korea’s state-backed Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp issued international tenders to purchase around 19,000 tonnes of food-quality soybeans free of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)
- RICE TENDER: South Korea’s state-backed Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp issued an international tender to purchase an estimated 79,439 tonnes of rice.
- WHEAT TENDER: The Taiwan Flour Millers’ Association issued an international tender to purchase 48,100 tonnes of grade 1 milling wheat to be sourced from the United States.
- RICE TENDER: Egypt’s state grains buyer, GASC, is seeking at least 25,000 tonnes, plus or minus 10% at the buyer’s preference, of white rice in a tender-practice on the account of the Holding Company for Food Industries. Offers should be submitted on Feb. 14. Payment will be submitted on a cost, insurance, and freight (CIF) basis in U.S. dollars, and will be at sight and via 180-day letters of credit. GASC will choose between either.
ETHANOL: US Weekly Production Survey Before EIA Report
Output and stockpile projections for the week ending Feb. 3 are based on five analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
- Production seen lower than last week at 1.017m b/d
- Would be the first decline after four weeks of increases
- Stockpile avg est. 25.014m bbl vs 24.442m a week ago
EU Soft-Wheat Exports Rise 6.7% Y/y, Corn Imports Increase 69%
The European Union’s soft-wheat exports for the season that began July 1 reached 19m tons by Feb. 5, compared with 17.8m tons a year earlier, the European Commission said on its website.
- Leading destinations include Morocco with 2.76m tons, Algeria with 2.59m tons and Egypt at 1.63m tons
- EU barley exports were 3.16m tons, compared with 5.28m tons a year earlier
- Corn imports were 16.7m tons versus 9.87m tons the year before
- NOTE: The commission says some export figures for Germany may be inaccurate due to its recent shift to a new declaration system
- NOTE: Soybean imports were 6.45m tons, compared with 7.98m tons the year before. Click here for figures on oilseed trade.
Russia Divides Grain-Export Quota Among 203 Traders: Union
Russia’s Agriculture Ministry allocated the country’s grain export quota to 203 traders, according to the Union of Grain Exporters.
- Quota size is 25.5m tons and is based on historical trading volumes; it will apply from Feb. 15 through June
- Biggest shares went to Rif (4.91m tons), Grain Gates (3.24m tons), Aston (2.77m tons), Viterra Rus (2.11m tons), OZK (1.11m tons)
- NOTE: Russia originally introduced the quota and grain-export taxes as part of efforts to cool food inflation, though this year’s quota volume is so high that it effectively removes limits on grain exports, according to SovEcon
MGEX Spring Wheat Stocks Down 23.8% From Year Ago: Feb. 5
Stocks of hard spring wheat stored in Minnesota and Wisconsin warehouses fell to 16.002m bushels in the week ending Feb. 5, according to the Minneapolis Grain Exchange’s weekly report.
- Stockpiles rose by 13k bu from the previous week
- Stockpiles in Duluth/Superior warehouses up 89k bu
Biden Is Urged by Iowa Ethanol Group to Get E15 Shift On Track
Corn-based biofuel advocates in Iowa are urging President Joe Biden to “rein in” White House regulatory officials and clear the path for permanent year-round sales of higher-ethanol gasoline.
- The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association claims the Biden administration is late in acting on a push by Midwestern farm states designed to enable year-round sales of E15 gasoline containing 15% ethanol
- Iowa RFA executive director Monte Shaw said the White House “put the brakes on” and delayed moves by EPA to implement the change
- “We must raise our voices to demand the Midwest E15 fix be put in place for this summer,” Shaw said at his group’s biofuels conference in Des Moines, Iowa
- Representatives of the EPA did not immediately comment
- NOTE: EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in September the Biden administration would move swiftly to permanently allow year-round sales of E15
- NOTE: Shaw’s comments follow a letter by seven Midwest attorneys general who faulted the EPA delay in acting
US Agriculture Sentiment Rises in January: Purdue Univ.
The Purdue University/CME Group’s agricultural sentiment index increased to 130 points in Jan. from 126 in Dec., according to a survey of 400 agricultural producers.
- Current conditions component improved by 1 point from Dec.
- Future expectations up by 5 points
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