close [X]

Weekly Update on Export Inspections

Market Intel / December 10, 2018

According to USDA’s Dec. 10, Federal Grain Inspection Service report, total soybean export inspections are at 521 million bushels, down 42 percent from 2017/18 marketing year inspections, representing a 374-million-bushel decline. For the 14th week in the marketing year, U.S. soybean export inspections, at 34 million bushels, are down 12 million bushels from the same time last year. Additionally, this week’s export inspections hit a nine week low. Due to the decline in total exports and adverse growing conditions, analysts project that tomorrow’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report will reveal lower total soybean export projections. Figure 1 illustrates the weekly soybean export inspections for the week of Dec. 10, 2018.

Exports to China,  historically the largest customer of U.S. soybeans, have remained unchanged from last week, at a total of 14 million bushels, with no inspections for the past seven weeks. U.S. soybean exports to China are down 98 percent from this time last year with a 608-million-bushel deficit. Figure 2 represents the weekly inspection of soybean exports to China. However, with soybean export inspections drastically reduced to China, U.S. soybean exports to other countries are up 85 percent. The No. 1 customer of U.S. soybeans at this point in the marketing year is Argentina, which has bought 58 million bushels. 

For the first 14 weeks of the marketing year, total corn export inspections, at 595 million bushels, are up by 253 million bushels from last year. With record-high corn export volumes projected for marketing year 2018/19, the week-over-week outlook continues to look strong, up 6 million bushels from the same time last year. Mexico remains our largest customer, with 157 million bushels inspected so far, a 10-percent increase from last year. South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Egypt have all substantially increased volumes of U.S. corn inspections, with 176 additional bushels inspected over last year’s volumes from those countries alone. Figure 3 outlines the weekly corn export inspections for the week of Dec. 10, 2018.

Megan Nelson
Economic Analyst
(202) 406-3629

Share This Article


Using DTN's proprietary Six Factors Strategies, Grain Market Analyst Todd Hultman has been a thought leader for farmers and agribusinesses on where commodity markets are headed, what signposts to watch for and what to do when those critical points occur. Hultman will discuss his unique view on the markets, how he uses technical and fundamental analysis to shape his view, and will outline where various commodity markets will be headed in 2019 based on trade, export and domestic demand, noncommercial interest in commodities versus other investments, and DTN's unique outlook for 2019 weather and crop production.

Full Article
Credit: iStockPhoto 

The 2018 farm bill builds on the improvements made in the Bipartisan Budget Act to significantly enhance the commodity support from USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Reflecting these changes, the Margin Protection Program was renamed Dairy Margin Coverage. In addition to Title I improvements, the farm bill also allows dairy farmers to fully utilize the risk management tools available through private crop insurance products such as Dairy Revenue Protection or Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle. Along with boosting support for dairy farmers, Congress also modified milk pricing provisions to facilitate improved risk management for the beverage milk industry (Proposed Changes to Fluid Milk Pricing). Then, to address seasonal oversupplies and periodic dumping of milk, a milk donation program was authorized. Today’s article highlighting the new Dairy Margin Coverage program is the first of two to review the major changes made in the dairy subtitle of the 2018 farm bill. The second article in the series will review the pricing changes to Federal Milk Marketing Orders and the new milk donation program.

Full Article