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DDG Prices Stay Firm

Mary Kennedy
By  Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst
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DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was up $2, at $94 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

The DTN average dried distillers grains, or DDG, spot price was up $2 from one week ago, at $94, for the week ended April 6. Of the 39 locations from which DTN collects spot prices, 12 bids were $2 to $10 higher, two bids were $5 lower and the balance of the prices were unchanged.

The value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended April 6 was at 72.95% and the value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 30.45%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was at $3.76, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal which was at $6.50.

Merchandisers told DTN modest price increases were made at locations that are down for spring maintenance. A dryer fire and plant downtimes caused Minnesota prices to move higher. Since ethanol production margins remain favorable, plants are expected to get back online quickly because of the financial incentive. According to Informa Economics, ethanol production margins were steady to firmer as of March 29, with central Illinois at 15 cents per gallon, while other locations ranged from 7 cents per gallon to 20 cents per gallon. When plants are running full speed again, we could see prices start to slowly move lower as supplies build.

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CIF NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) dried distillers grains with solubles, or DDGS, prices for the week ended April 6 were unchanged for April at $121 to $124. According to U.S. Census Bureau data released April 4, U.S. exports of distillers grains totaled 1,070,744 metric tons in February, up 36% from a year ago, up 14% since January and the highest monthly total in six months. Mexico, currently the top U.S. DDGS importer, accounted for 23% of the U.S. exports with purchases totaling to 241,249 metric tons. Turkey increased its purchases to 152,537 metric tons, Thailand purchased 71,838 metric tons, China purchased 64,534 metric tons and Japan purchased 62,562 metric tons.

Mexico and Turkey accounted for two-thirds of February exports with the remaining purchases distributed among 29 countries. Still absent is Vietnam, which still has not come to a decision on the fumigation issue. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, and Vietnam's Plant Protection Department have had communications about what fumigants can be accepted for use on containers, but there is no word that anything has been decided. In the first two months of 2017, exports of U.S. distillers grains were up 27% from a year ago. That is bullish news for the market.

CURRENT CURRENT CHANGE
COMPANY STATE 4/6/2017 3/30/2017
Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300)
Missouri Dry $120 $115 $5
Modified $60 $60 $0
CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066)
Illinois Dry $95 $90 $5
Indiana Dry $95 $90 $5
Iowa Dry $92 $90 $2
Michigan Dry $90 $85 $5
Minnesota Dry $90 $85 $5
North Dakota Dry $90 $90 $0
New York Dry $130 $105 $25
South Dakota Dry $90 $85 $5
MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253)
Kansas Dry $100 $100 $0
POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799)
Indiana Dry $90 $90 $0
Iowa Dry $90 $90 $0
Michigan Dry $90 $90 $0
Minnesota Dry $88 $88 $0
Missouri Dry $100 $105 -$5
Ohio Dry $90 $90 $0
South Dakota Dry $85 $90 -$5
United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521)
Kansas Dry $105 $105 $0
Wet $45 $45 $0
Illinois Dry $105 $105 $0
Nebraska Dry $105 $105 $0
Wet $35 $35 $0
U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640)
Illinois Dry $95 $95 $0
Indiana Dry $90 $90 $0
Iowa Dry $92 $92 $0
Michigan Dry $95 $95 $0
Minnesota Dry $85 $85 $0
Nebraska Dry $100 $100 $0
New York Dry $120 $120 $0
North Dakota Dry $100 $100 $0
Ohio Dry $93 $93 $0
South Dakota Dry $85 $85 $0
Wisconsin Dry $90 $90 $0
Valero Energy Corp., San Antonio, TX (402-932-5901)
Indiana Dry $90 $80 $10
Iowa Dry $85 $85 $0
Minnesota Dry $85 $80 $5
Nebraska Dry $95 $85 $10
Ohio Dry $100 $90 $10
South Dakota Dry $85 $80 $5
California $158 $150 $8
Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074)
California Dry $160 $160 $0
*Prices listed per ton.
Weekly Average $94 $92 $2
The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTN
collects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska,
Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan,
Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York and
California are not included in the averages.

Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com

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