DDGS Market Perspectives March 31, 2016

Publish time: 2nd April, 2016      Source: Grains Council
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Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS)

DDGS Comments: DDGS is a co-product of corn and so USDA’s prediction of a lot cheaper corn is a bearish factor on DDGS. Prices are being pushed downward with the average of $6 per container this past week. The average for a container of DDGS to destinations in Asia during April was $203, but that number falls below $200 to $199 per container for May and June shipment. Under the law of supply and demand, these lower prices should have some positive impact on demand. USDA forecasts that DDGS production will be 4 percent greater this year, and Chicago futures are indicating it will be less expensive to obtain.

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Ethanol Comments: Total stocks of ethanol were up 2.2 percent this past week to 23 million barrels, even though production fell by 3,000 barrels per day to an average 992,000 barrels per day.

The margin between the corn price and the value of ethanol and coproducts was up this past week in all four market basket states. (See below.)

  • Illinois differential is $1.17 per bushel, in comparison to $1.33 the prior week and $1.93 a year ago.
  • Iowa differential is $1.17 per bushel, in comparison to $1.27 the prior week and $1.65 a year ago.
  • Nebraska differential is $1.59 per bushel, in comparison to $1.48 the prior week and $1.51 a year ago.
  • South Dakota differential is $1.40 per bushel, in comparison to $1.48 the prior week and $1.90 a year ago.
Country News

Brazil: The largest purchase of Argentine corn in over 15 years occurred this week in Brazil with a reported 500 MMT lined up for shipment through May. Brazil had exported 10 MMT of corn on a trade prompted by the low value of the Real but now the government has dropped the import duty (PIS/Confins) and will sell stocks to cool an overheated market. (Reuters)

Bulgaria/Romania: Higher profit and lower vulnerability to summer drought will encourage farmers to switch about 5 percent of the acreage previously in corn over to sunflowers. (WPI)

China: The government will end a 9-year corn reserve program, likely switching to a form of target prices, and sell 40-50 MMT of surplus corn. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia: The 2015/16 marketing year will see imports of 8.5 MMT of barley and 3.5 MMT of corn, and the goal is to increase the use of prepared feeds. (USDA/FAS/GAIN)

Ukraine: Demand for spring crops (soybeans, corn and sunflower) is so great that their production area could surpass that of the winter crops (wheat, rye) that have long been dominant. Even barley will see more spring planting than winter sown crop this year. Corn is more expensive to produce but can be more profitable than barley.