Financial Times writer Susannah Savage reported yesterday that, "The price of corn has tumbled to a three-year low as supplies from the US and Brazil surge while demand stagnates, helping…
“The most widely grown American crop is seen totaling 15.234 billion bushels, above analyst estimates and surpassing 2016’s previous record of 15.148 billion, US Department of Agriculture showed Thursday.
“Ample supplies in the top global producer means focus now shifts to the upcoming crop in key producer Brazil as well as global demand for US corn.”
Also Friday, Dow Jones writer Kirk Maltais reported that, “Corn for December delivery fell 0.9%, to $4.64 1/4 a bushel, on the Chicago Board of Trade on Friday, with trading limited after the USDA reported a 1.9-bushels-per-acre uptick in average crop yields.”
Bloomberg writer Michael Hirtzer pointed out on Friday that, “Plentiful supplies and lower prices are welcome news for producers of poultry and biofuel, as corn is one of their biggest costs. They’re also likely to help keep a lid on food inflation, which has been moderating for months.
“Of course, the other side of the equation means belt-tightening for growers. With the increase in supply outpacing demand, the USDA expects farmers to receive lower average prices for the season.”
Friday’s article noted that, “The supply boost isn’t just happening in America. The USDA raised its corn-production forecast for Ukraine and Russia, and global corn reserves are seen climbing to a three-year high.
The world will be awash with the grain for some time to come.
Bloomberg writer Doug Alexander reported yesterday that, “American farmers produced a record crop even though there was relatively scant rainfall in parts of the Corn Belt and some of the hottest temperatures ever seen during the growing season. It shows that modern seed technology can still thrive in adverse conditions — something increasingly vital as the weather gets even more unpredictable and as the world’s population continues to grow.”
And Reuters writer Peter Hobson reported today that, “Chicago corn futures on Monday hovered near three-year lows as the market absorbed last week’s U.S government forecast that farmers will produce the biggest corn crop on record this year.”
“CBOT corn has fallen around 32% so far in 2023 and is headed for the biggest yearly decline in prices in a decade as a record harvest in Brazil moves the market closer to surplus,” the Reuters article said.