Trends in World Corn Production

by Brent Gloy

Following last week’s analysis of the trends in global corn consumption, this week we look at global corn production.  We examine which countries are the most important corn producers and how production area and yields have changed.  Much like corn consumption, a small number of countries dominate corn production.  This makes what happens in these countries particularly important to corn supplies in the short and long term. Continue reading

Trends in Corn Consumption

by Brent Gloy

Increases in agricultural productivity and aggressive expansion of cropland acres have made increased demand growth critical to improving the economic situation in agriculture.  With that in mind we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the trends in global corn consumption. Continue reading

Global Grain Inventories and China

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by David A. Widmar

One could summarize the current focus of grain markets with three phrases: low prices, large crops, and growing inventories. This has been especially true given strong U.S. corn, soybean, and wheat yields in 2016. Several reports of large piles of grain around the country and world, especially in China, have further captured this reality. This week’s post takes a look at corn, soybean, and wheat global grain inventories and China’s share of the market.  Continue reading