July 13, 2020
USDA’s latest batch of grain export inspection data, out Monday morning and covering the week through July 9, showed a mixed bag of results, as it often does. The latest report was most favorable for wheat after volume trended significantly higher week-over-week. Corn volume eased slightly while staying on the higher end of trade estimates, and soybeans logged a lackluster round of results this past week.
Wheat export inspections climbed 67% higher from a week ago, reaching 22.9 million bushels. That tally was also above all trade estimates, which ranged between 12.9 million and 20.2 million bushels. Cumulative totals for the 2020/21 marketing year, which began in June, are now fractionally higher than last year’s pace, with 110.2 million bushels.
China emerged as the No. 1 destination for U.S. wheat export inspections last week, with 4.2 million bushels. Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Ecuador rounded out the top five.
Sorghum sales trended slightly above the prior week’s tally, notching another 2.8 million bushels last week. Cumulative totals for the 2019/20 marketing year continue to be a big success story, more than doubling the prior year’s pace with nearly 163 million bushels. China accounted for nearly all of last week’s total, with Mexico also taking a small amount.
Corn export inspections tilted nearly 13% lower week-over-week to 35.5 million bushels. That was still on the high end of trade estimates, which ranged between 23.6 million and 45.3 million bushels. Cumulative totals for the 2019/20 marketing year are still substantially behind last year’s pace, at 1.385 billion bushels.
As they often are, Japan (9.6 million) and Mexico (8.1 million) were the top two destinations for U.S. corn export inspections last week. China, Peru and Saudi Arabia filled out the top five.
Soybean export inspections were relatively disappointing, sliding 14% from a week ago to 17.8 million bushels and landing near the middle of trade estimates, which ranged between 12.9 million and 25.7 million bushels. Cumulative totals for the 2019/20 marketing year have slid slightly below last year’s pace, with 1.391 billion bushels.
China returned as the No. 1 destination for U.S. soybean export inspections last week, with 5.9 million bushels. Indonesia, Tunisia, Pakistan and Mexico rounded out the top five.
Click here to access the latest grain export inspection report from USDA.
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Senior Editor Ben Potter brings more than 14 years 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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