U.S. Ethanol Exports Up 85 Percent In First Quarter of 2016/2017 Marketing Year

Exports of U.S. ethanol are off to a strong start for the first quarter of the 2016/2017 marketing year and are at their highest levels during that time frame over the past five years, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).

Exports totaled 353.2 million gallons for the months of September, October and November 2016, the first quarter of marketing year 2016/2017.

Chart of Note: Healthy Start for U.S. Ethanol in 2016/2017 Marketing Year

Exports of U.S. ethanol began with notable growth in the first month of the new marketing year, according to recent data published by U.S. Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).

The top three customers of U.S. ethanol in September 2016 were Canada, Brazil and China, respectfully. Exports of U.S. ethanol totaled 99.6 million gallons (903,000 metric tons of corn equivalent).

U.S. Grains Council Releases First Two Installments of 2016 Corn Production Video Series, Focused on Planting Decisions, Progress

The first and second installments of a U.S. Grains Council (USGC) video series chronicling the 2016 U.S. corn growing season are now available online, highlighting pre-planting decisions and planting progress on farms in Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Corn Progress Reports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicates 86 percent of the corn crop was planted by May 22nd, which is 1 percent higher than the five-year average. The states included in the report accounted for 93 percent of the total U.S. corn crop in 2015. 

2016 U.S. Corn Crop is Sprouting - Follow the Facebook Page

Are you curious how the corn is looking in Kansas, Ohio or other parts of the United States? You can find photos, videos and updates from farmers across the country on the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) Facebook page, Growing the 2016 U.S. Corn Crop.

This active and informative page has weather reports, crop progress updates and notes from corn farmers in different parts of the country. Photos from Missouri in early May showed corn in the eastern part of the state emerging in fields.

U.S. Farmers Share Planting Insights

U.S. farmers are well into their spring planting seasons with market conditions and weather in different geographic regions influencing their timing and planting decisions.

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) asked barley, corn and sorghum farmers from across the United States to share information about their planting activities, choices and intentions for the 2016 crop year. These farmers consider market conditions, environmental factors and historical data to guide their work to produce quality coarse grains for the world market.

Cuban Officials, Importers Visit United States As Part of USGC Trade Team

A delegation of grain importers and officials from Cuba is traveling in the United States this week to see firsthand the advantages of purchasing U.S. coarse grains and co-products.

Cuba has purchased corn from the United States since the early 2000s, with market share varying widely from as high as 100 percent to just 15 percent more recently. In addition, the country has also purchased U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

USGC Releases Colombia 2030 Report; Examines Potential In Colombian, Peruvian Markets

Colombia’s feed imports are likely to continue to expand significantly faster than historical trends have suggested, according to a new U.S. Grains Council (USGC) report on market development opportunities in there. 

The findings in the report, known as Outlook Colombia 2030, were released this week to the country's top feed, poultry and livestock industry executives in conjunction with a USGC mission examining growth opportunities for U.S. coarse grains and co-products to Colombia and Peru.

Other key conclusions of the report included:

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