DDG Price Drops $18 Per Ton Over 4 Past Weeks – DTN

Distillers grain.

The domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted moved lower again this week versus the prior week, down $4 at $121 per ton for the week ended May 9. Many prices ranged from unchanged to down $3 per ton, to a few prices down $15 per ton.

In the past four weeks, the DTN average DDG price has dropped a total of $18 per ton. DDG prices are under pressure from continued losses in the corn market, along with an increase in ethanol plant production ahead of lower seasonal demand. The EIA said Wednesday that during the week ended May 3, ethanol plant production ramped up by 12,000 barrels per day (bpd) or 1.2% to 1.036 million bpd, the third highest weekly output rate in 2019.

Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended May 9 was at 98.34% and remains below the two-year average. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 42.41%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $4.48, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.01.

In its weekly DDGS price report, the U.S. Grains Council noted, “DDGS indications were mostly down this week; containers to Southeast Asia were down $6 per metric tons on average. Markets are working to buy demand and keep DDGS competitive against soymeal.”

The U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday that U.S. exports of DDGS totaled 956,828 metric tons (mt) in March, up from 686,005 mt in February and up 6% from a year ago. Turkey was a new top destination in March, taking 17% U.S. exports and followed by the familiar list of Mexico, South Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia. In the first three months of 2019, U.S. exports of DDGS were down 7% from a year ago.

ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE
COMPANY STATE 5/9/2019 5/3/2019
Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300)
Missouri Dry $130 $130 $0
Wet $70 $70 $0
Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493)
Missouri Subject Dry $130 $135 -$5
Wet $60 $70 -$10
CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066)
Illinois Dry $125 $126 -$1
Indiana Dry $125 $125 $0
Iowa Dry $110 $115 -$5
Michigan Dry $130 $135 -$5
Minnesota Dry $110 $115 -$5
North Dakota Dry $115 $120 -$5
New York Dry $140 $150 -$10
South Dakota Dry $105 $120 -$15
MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253)
Kansas Dry $115 $120 -$5
POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799)
Indiana Dry $130 $130 $0
Iowa Dry $120 $120 $0
Michigan Dry $125 $125 $0
Minnesota Dry $125 $125 $0
Missouri Dry $125 $140 -$15
Ohio Dry $130 $135 -$5
South Dakota Dry $125 $135 -$10
United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521)
Kansas Dry $125 $130 -$5
Wet $55 $60 -$5
Illinois Dry $135 $140 -$5
Nebraska Dry $125 $130 -$5
Wet $55 $60 -$5
U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640)
Illinois Dry $120 $125 -$5
Indiana Dry $120 $120 $0
Iowa Dry $115 $115 $0
Michigan Dry $120 $120 $0
Minnesota Dry $110 $120 -$10
Nebraska Dry $110 $115 -$5
New York Dry $140 $140 $0
North Dakota Dry $120 $130 -$10
Ohio Dry $130 $133 -$3
South Dakota Dry $110 $125 -$15
Wisconsin Dry $115 $120 -$5
Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362)
Indiana Dry $125 $125 $0
Iowa Dry $120 $125 -$5
Minnesota Dry $110 $115 -$5
Nebraska Dry $110 $110 $0
Ohio Dry $135 $135 $0
South Dakota Dry $125 $130 -$5
California Dry $175 $182 -$7
Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074)
California Dry $190 $195 -$5
*Prices listed per ton.
Weekly Average $121 $125 -$4
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.

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VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEAL
Settlement Price: Quote Date Bushel Short Ton
Corn 5/9/2019 $3.4450 $123.04
Soybean Meal 5/9/2019 $285.30
DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $121.00
DDG Value Relative to: 5/9 5/2
Corn 98.34% 96.68%
Soybean Meal 42.41% 42.75%
Cost Per Unit of Protein:
DDG $4.48 $4.63
Soybean Meal $6.01 $6.16
Notes:
Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG price
represents the average spot price from Midwest companies
collected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unit
of protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unit
of protein is cost per ton divided by 27.

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

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