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Export sales: Quiet week of results

Corn, soybean and wheat all post rangebound volumes

Ben Potter

July 21, 2022

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USDA’s latest batch of export sales data, out Thursday morning and covering the week through July 14, held somewhat lackluster but largely expected results, failing to alter grain prices substantially after it was released. Corn volume fared best, although soybeans and wheat also stayed within the range of trade guesses this past week.

Corn exports saw a combined 23.8 million bushels in old and new crop sales. Old crop sales spilled 82% below the prior four-week average, but new crop sales were more robust. Total sales were toward the upper end of analyst estimates, which ranged between zero and 27.6 million bushels. Cumulative totals for the 2021/22 marketing year remain moderately below last year’s pace, with 2.147 billion bushels.

Corn export shipments improved 21% week-over-week and inched 2% above the prior four-week average, with 43.7 million bushels. China was the No. 1 destination, with 17.9 million bushels. Mexico, Japan, Canada and Costa Rica rounded out the top five.

Sorghum exports were down noticeably week-over-week, with just over 232,000 bushels. That grain was bound for Eritrea, China and Mexico. Cumulative sales for the 2021/22 marketing year are still slightly ahead of last year’s pace, with 260.3 million bushels.

Soybeans notched 7.5 million bushels in old crop sales plus another 9.4 million bushels in new crop sales for a total of just over 16.8 million bushels. That was near the middle of analyst estimates, which ranged between 7.3 million and 25.7 million bushels. Cumulative totals for the 2021/22 marketing year are still moderately below last year’s pace, with 1.946 billion bushels.

Soybean export shipments moved 10% above the prior four-week average, with 18.4 million bushels. China was the No. 1 destination, with 5.1 million bushels. Japan, Indonesia, Germany and Mexico filled out the top five.

Wheat exports posted a solid 18.8 million bushels last week, although it was still a bit toward the lower end of trade guesses, which ranged between 11.0 million and 31.2 million bushels. Still, cumulative totals for the 2022/23 marketing year are still trending moderately below last year’s pace so far, with 68.3 million bushels.

Wheat export shipments were tepid, shrinking 50% below the prior four-week average to 5.2 million bushels. Nigeria topped all destinations, with 1.0 million bushels. Brazil, the Philippines, Venezuela and Honduras rounded out the top five.

Click here for more results from USDA’s latest report, which covers July 8 through July 14.

About the Author(s)

Ben Potter

Senior editor, Farm Futures

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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