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Corn, soybean and wheat volume all track lower week-over-week.

Ben Potter, Senior editor

April 12, 2021

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The latest grain export inspection report from USDA, out Monday morning and covering the week through April 8, held some mixed but mostly disappointing data for traders to digest. While corn, soybeans and wheat all trended lower week-over-week, these three crops still stayed within the range of trade estimates, and corn and soybean volume still hold a commanding lead over last year’s pace for the 2020/21 marketing year.

Corn export inspections fell 27% from a week ago, landing at 62.4 million bushels. That was also on the lower end of trade estimates, which ranged between 47.2 million and 82.7 million bushels. Cumulative totals for the 2020/21 marketing year remain far ahead of last year’s pace, with 1.479 billion bushels.

China was the No. 1 destination for U.S. corn export inspections last week, with 17.5 million bushels. Mexico wasn’t far behind, with 15.5 million bushels. South Korea, Japan and Taiwan rounded out the top five.

Sorghum export inspections eased slightly week-over-week, to 7.8 million bushels. More than 99% of that volume is heading to China, with the tiny remainder bound for Japan. Cumulative totals for the 2020/21 marketing year are nearly tripling last year’s pace, with 192.3 million bushels.

Soybean export inspections took another step back, dropping moderately week-over-week to 12.0 million bushels. That was still on the upper end of trade guesses, which ranged between 3.7 million and 14.7 million bushels. And cumulative totals for the 2020/21 marketing year are vastly exceeding last year’s pace, reaching 2.014 billion bushels since September 1.

Indonesia (3.5 million) and Mexico (2.7 million) were the top two destinations for U.S. soybean inspections last week. Egypt, Taiwan and South Korea filled out the top five.

Wheat export inspections also saw a moderate week-over-week decline, falling to 16.8 million bushels. That was slightly on the higher end of trade guesses, which ranged between 11.0 million and 20.2 million bushels. Cumulative totals for the 2020/21 marketing year have slipped slightly below last year’s pace, with 786.5 million bushels.

The Philippines topped all destinations for U.S. wheat export inspections last week, with just under 4.0 million bushels. China, South Korea, Mexico and Jamaica rounded out the top five.

Click here to read more highlights from the latest USDA grain export inspection report.

About the Author(s)

Ben Potter

Senior editor, Farm Futures

Senior Editor Ben Potter brings two decades of professional agricultural communications and journalism experience to Farm Futures. He began working in the industry in the highly specific world of southern row crop production. Since that time, he has expanded his knowledge to cover a broad range of topics relevant to agriculture, including agronomy, machinery, technology, business, marketing, politics and weather. He has won several writing awards from the American Agricultural Editors Association, most recently on two features about drones and farmers who operate distilleries as a side business. Ben is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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