Industry

Market Intelligence Monthly – July 2020

As we turn the calendar to August and look out at what is shaping up to be a strong soybean crop, let’s take a look back at July and some of the market dynamics for the soy complex. The most notable trend we saw over the month was continued strength in forward buying of U.S. soybeans by China. In July alone, China purchased more than four million metric tonnes (MMT) of U.S. new crop (MY 20/21) soybeans, bringing total new crop sales to over 13.7 MMT; the highest figure for this time of the year since 2014. We’re also seeing renewal in domestic demand – crush figures maintaining above prior year levels as animal protein production rebounds from COVID-induced reductions in the spring, and soybean oil use as a biodiesel feedstock has strengthened. Now is the time of year when the eyes of the market are squarely on the U.S., in anticipation of both crop development and securing a reliable, high-quality and sustainable source of protein as the U.S. moves into its seasonal window as the world’s premier soybean exporter. For more information on soybean market developments, included here is U.S. Soy’s Market Intelligence Monthly report for July 2020.

 

Mac Marshall
Mac Marshall

Vice President, Market Intelligence

United Soybean Board and U.S. Soybean Export Council

Mac Marshall serves as the Vice President, Market Intelligence for the United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). In this capacity, Mac works with USB and USSEC leadership to evaluate and establish long-term strategic initiatives in support of advancing domestic and international market opportunities for the U.S. soybean industry. He also serves as an industry source of market information and analysis. Prior to joining the United Soybean Board, Mac served as global market analysis and trade lead at Bayer Crop Science, where he worked on international market access issues as part of a global agricultural policy team. Prior to Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto, Mac worked in Monsanto’s global strategy group with a focus on commodity market analysis in support of the company’s long-term strategy setting and understanding of near-term market dynamics. Before joining Monsanto in 2014, Mac served as a staff economist at the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics with a focus on agricultural commodities, in addition to serving as the supervisory economist leading a team of economists covering service industries. He holds a B.A. in economics from Vassar College and an M.A. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University.