Industry
Production

Economist Provides Insight on U.S. Soybean Planting Report

John BaizeApr 21, 2018

The Prospective Plantings report provides the first official, survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers' 2018 planting…

Infrastructure

Barge Industry Consolidation

Alan BarrettMar 17, 2020

As predicted last year, the oversupply of barges and higher operational costs are taking a toll on barge companies and have led to American Commercial…

Crushers

Record U.S. Soybean Crushings to Start Off 2020

Rob HatchettMar 4, 2020

The National Oilseed Processor Association (NOPA) issued January soybean crush and stocks data on Tuesday, February 18. According to the data, NOPA member soybean processing…

Research

Purdue Biofuels Study Addresses Deforestation Concerns

Purdue UniversityFeb 17, 2020

An economic modeling research study from Purdue University investigated the impacts of U.S. biofuel production on deforestation in Malaysia and Indonesia.  “Our analysis shows that…

Transportation

Minimum Freight Rates Increasing 11% to 15%

Alan BarrettFeb 12, 2020

One of the most provocative items in determining the minimum freight rate (MFRT) was the fact that it must provide a “livable just wage” for…

Crushers

U.S. Soybean Crushings Rebound in December

Rob HatchettJan 29, 2020

The National Oilseed Processor Association (NOPA) issued December soybean crush and stocks data on Wednesday, January 15. According to the data, NOPA member soybean processing…

Buyers

Funds Hold Neutral Position in Soybean Market to Begin 2020

Rob HatchettJan 21, 2020

According to the latest Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commitments of Traders (COT) disaggregated report, commodity funds were shown to have held a mostly neutral…

Exports

USDA Final Soybean Report Disappoints Market Bulls

Rob HatchettJan 14, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual U.S. Crop Production 2019 Summary report on Friday, January 10 in addition to its monthly World…

Marketplace

In-Depth Look at South American Soybean Prospects

Rob HatchettJan 11, 2020

As the calendar turns to 2020, so too has the market’s supply focus swung from the recent U.S. harvest towards the prospects for the upcoming…

Infrastructure

Secondary Rail Markets Increasing

Alan BarrettDec 23, 2019

Farmers in the Upper Plain states are dependent on rail service for soybean export shipments, as rail is the most efficient transportation mode in rural…

Crushers

U.S. Soybean Crushings Slip in November

Rob HatchettDec 20, 2019

The National Oilseed Processor Association (NOPA) issued November soybean crush and stocks data on Monday, December 16. According to the data, NOPA member soybean processing…

Transportation

Brazil’s Minimum Freight Rates are Being Negotiated

Alan BarrettDec 18, 2019

Approximately 60% of corn and soybeans in Brazil is transported by truck from origin to destination. As a result, truck freight rates play a major…

Infrastructure

Soybean Barge Rates at Three- and Five-Year Averages

Alan BarrettDec 14, 2019

Barge freight rates continue to remain near historic lows. [A detailed explanation of barge freight rate calculations is provided at the end of this article.]…

Animal Feed

Chinese Officials Signal Rebound from African Swine Fever

Rob HatchettDec 10, 2019

The African swine fever (ASF) epidemic that has decimated Chinese pig populations by an estimated 40 to 60 percent appears to show some signs of…

Demand

African Swine Fever’s Long-Term Impact

Alan BarrettNov 26, 2019

Doane Advisory Services’ recently updated International Report, which includes ten-year forecasts for soybeans, coarse grains, corn, wheat, cotton, and rice for 17 countries or major…

Demand

Funds Adding to Net-Long Position in Soybean Oil Market

Rob HatchettNov 22, 2019

According to the latest Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Disaggregated Commitments of Traders report, the managed money group has been building on their sizeable net-long…

Infrastructure

Canadian National Railway on Strike

Alan BarrettNov 22, 2019

Canada relies on its two main railways to move products from the Prairies to British Columbia.  The Canadian National Railway (CN) Western Canadian Grain Report…