Global corn production seen higher on larger Mexico crop – WASDE

For 2016/17, global corn production is marginally higher with a larger forecast crop for Mexico, but global trade is lower, highlighted by reduced imports for EU and Mexico, the USDA said in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE).

The report lowered export estimates for Brazil, but raised them for the United States.

The season-average farm price is raised. For 2015/16, global corn production is lower from last month largely driven by a smaller crop in Brazil. Global trade is boosted to a new record with higher imports for Iran and Mexico more than offsetting a reduction to the EU. U.S. exports are raised more than offsetting lower Brazilian exports. The U.S. season-average farm price is boosted, the report said.

Since the release of the May WASDE report, FOB quotes have risen for all major exporters. U.S. quotes remain the most competitive, even after rising $23/ton to $192 on strong nearby demand and tightening competitor supplies.

Argentine quotes surged $28/ton to $205 as heavy rain has delayed the harvest and made it more difficult to move the crop to ports. Brazilian quotes are up $24/ton to $203 on expectations of a smaller second crop. This is the first time that any corn quotes have risen above $200/ton since December 2014. Since May, Black Sea quotes have risen $13/ton to $198.

Trade changes in 2016/17

Selected Exporters

  • S. corn is up 500,000 tons to 49.5 million on lower competition from Brazil. Exports for 2015/16 are also raised 2.5 million tons to 46.0 million with strong sales and shipments. Imports for 2015/16 are boosted 100,000 tons to 1.5 million on trade to date.
  • Brazilian corn is slashed 2.0 million tons to 23.0 million based on a smaller 2015/16 second-crop. Likewise, exports for 2015/16 are cut 2.0 million tons to 34.5 million.
  • EU barley is up 300,000 tons to 9.0 million on expected strong demand from North Africa and the Middle East and larger exportable supplies.
  • Ukrainian barley is up 800,000 tons to 4.0 million on greater supplies.

Selected Importers

  • EU corn is down 1.0 million tons to 12.0 million on ample supplies of domestic feedstuffs.
  • Mexican corn is cut 500,000 tons to 13.0 million based on expectations of a larger crop and ample carry in. Imports for 2015/16 are raised 500,000 tons to 12.5 million on the fast pace of imports from the United States.
  • Iranian barley is up 500,000 tons to 1.6 million, reflecting stronger expected feed demand.
  • Saudi Arabian barley is up 500,000 tons to 10.0 million as strong demand in 2015/16 is expected to continue. Imports for 2015/16 are up 500,000 tons to 9.5 million based on trade to date.

Trade changes in 2015/16

Selected Exporters

  • EU corn is raised 200,000 tons to 1.6 million based on the pace of export licenses.
  • Russian corn is up 200,000 tons to 4.4 million and barley is raised 400,000 tons to 3.8 million, both based on trade to date.
  • Australian barley is cut 300,000 tons to 5.2 million on weaker demand from China.
  • Ukrainian barley is up 300,000 tons to 3.8 million with strong demand in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • S. sorghum is up 400,000 tons to 7.8 million on recent food aid shipments and increased export sales.

Selected Importers

  • EU corn is cut 500,000 tons to 14.5 million reflecting smaller supplies from Brazil and greater wheat and barley availability.
  • Egyptian corn is up 250,000 tons to 8.5 million as feed demand continues to grow, evidenced by stronger-than-expected imports to date.
  • Iranian corn is boosted 500,000 tons to 5.5 million on trade to date.
  • Chinese barley is cut 500,000 tons to 7.0 million reflecting the slowing pace to date.
  • Moroccan barley is up 400,000 tons to 700,000 on higher-than-expected imports in advance of the drought-reduced 2016/17 harvest.

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