Tuesday, April 11, 2017

There Is A World Wide Glut Of Grains Right Now

With more on the way.
There is so much corn and wheat already in long term storage that some farmers are being forced to sell it at a loss.
The article doesn't specify if the corn is food grade for humans though.

It would appear that there should be some good deals for people looking for personal stocks for long term storage.

Grains piled on runways, parking lots, fields amid global glut

By P.J. Huffstutter and Karl Plume

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Iowa farmer Karl Fox is drowning in corn.

Reluctant to sell his harvest at today's rock-bottom prices, he has stuffed storage bins at his property full and left more corn piled on the ground, covered with a tarp.

He would rather risk potential crop damage from the elements than pay the exorbitant cost of storage elsewhere.

"That's how poor people do it," said Fox, who has been farming for 28 years. "You do what you have to do."

Farmers face similar problems across the globe. World stockpiles of corn and wheat are at record highs. From Iowa to China, years of bumper crops and low prices have overwhelmed storage capacity for basic foodstuffs.

Global stocks of corn, wheat, rice and soybeans combined will hit a record 671.1 million tonnes going into the next harvest - the third straight year of historically high surplus, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That's enough to cover demand from China for about a year.

In the United States, farmers facing a fourth straight year of declining incomes and rising debts are hanging on to grain in the hope of higher prices later. They may be waiting a long time: Market fundamentals appear to be weakening as the world's top grain producers ponder what to do with so much food.

The persistent glut is a striking contrast from the panic a decade ago, when severe droughts in Russia and the United States sent prices soaring. The shrinking supply forced big importers such as China to enact policies to encourage more domestic production and increase the volume of storage to improve food security.

China abandoned that policy last year and is now selling off hundreds of millions of tonnes of old stocks.

Russia, too, is looking at exporting from state-held stockpiles, with storage stuffed after a record harvest in 2016.

A surge of Chinese and Russian exports would put even more downward pressure on prices in an oversupplied global market.

That means U.S. farmers will likely be producing more grain for less money. The USDA forecasts net farm income will fall 8.7 percent this year to $62.3 billion - the lowest level since 2009.

On the other side of the globe in Australia, demand for huge storage bags has exploded after farmers produced record crops of wheat and barley.

They are laying across fields in Argentina, too. There, wheat production spiked 41.6 percent this year over the 2015/16 season, according to the most recent USDA data.

The US already has storage problems and yet another bumper crop is forecast.
Whether or not consumers will see price drops because of this remains to be seen as they are trying desperately to keep from flooding the markets by storing all this instead.


  1. ssoooo....ehat happened to all the starvation that turning corn into ethanol was suppose to cause. guess we need to make MORE ethanol to keep the farmers in business. if they go bankrupt andquit producing, then we will surly starve.

    1. SO you want MORE greenhoue gasses????Ethanol is a net loss, both in energy and in greenhouse gasses saved.

      If it weren't for subsidies, there would be only recreational ethanol, no fuel plants would exist.

  2. Looks like it's time to fire up the still.............

  3. Two words: cattle feed. Or: chicken feed.

  4. Lets go way back to Sunday school. 7 years of plenty then 7 years of famine.

    Or something like that, It was a long time ago.

  5. It stores pretty good if you turn it into booze first.

  6. Yet retail price has steadily gotten higher at my feed store.
    Two years ago it was $18 per fifty for wheat. Today it stands at $25.
    As per usual , the middle men are raping us......


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