Corn Stocks Lowered to Just Below 2 Billion Bushels
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Corn Stocks Lowered to Just Below 2 Billion Bushels

Posted by | December 11, 2014 |

Global coarse grain supplies for 2014/15 are projected 1.1 million tons higher. Higher corn production for China and EU, higher rye production for Russia, and higher oats production for Canada, more than offset lower expected corn and barley output for Argentina. Upward production revisions largely reflect the latest official government estimates and harvest results. Corn production for Argentina is lowered 1.0 million tons reflecting lower expected plantings, but the reduction in area is partly offset by higher expected yields with abundant early season soil moisture in key growing areas.

Global coarse grain consumption for 2014/15 is raised 2.5 million tons mostly on higher expected barley and mixed grain feeding for EU and higher sorghum feeding for China. Corn feeding is also raised for EU driving the increase in projected foreign corn consumption. EU livestock and poultry feeders are expected to shift rations toward coarse grains as abundant supplies and stronger wheat exports make coarse grain feeding more competitive.

Global coarse grain trade for 2014/15 is mostly unchanged. China corn imports are lowered, but China sorghum imports are raised. Mostly offsetting the increase for China sorghum is a reduction for Japan sorghum imports. Barley imports are raised for Saudi Arabia. Barley exports are lowered for Argentina, but partly offset by an increase for EU. World corn exports are lowered slightly with a reduction for Argentina only partly offset by an increase for Vietnam. Global ending stocks are projected 0.7 million tons higher mostly reflecting the larger China corn crop. Small reductions in U.S. and EU corn stocks partly offset the increase for China.

Michael Boddington from Asian Agribusiness Recruitment Training Development (AARTD) has been involved in agribusiness in Asia since 2000. AARTD has office both in Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City and China Beijing. So AARTD has a thorough understanding of the Vietnam and China agribusiness industry and produces up-to-date research reports on the market. We can offer insights on supply and demand trends and comments on the future structure of Asian agribusiness. If you would like to know more please email: