DDG Market Update: Prices Up Slightly from Last Week – DTN

Large Pile of Dried Distillers Grains (DDGS) at Golden Grain Energy in Mason City, Iowa. Photo: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

The average price for domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) from the 39 locations DTN contacted with spot offers for the week ended Jan. 21 was $231 per ton, up $1 on average from one week ago.

Domestic DDG prices settled back from recent highs, ending this week mixed. With some plants slowing production, supplies have become tight in those spots, but as corn and soybean meal cash prices have come down this week, DDG prices came under pressure this past week. However, so far in the 2020-21 marketing year, FOB Gulf soymeal prices are up 40% while FOB Gulf DDGS values have risen 47%.

Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Jan. 21 was 123.37% versus the five-year average of 109%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was 52.72% versus the three-year average of 42%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $8.56, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $9.23.

In their weekly export DDGS update, the U.S. Grains Council noted that industry sources say the volatility in corn and soybean markets and concerns with container freight rates are complicating forward sales.

“Reportedly, container lines are hesitant to lock in rates more than four weeks forward, which is making DDGS sales from March forward more difficult. Southeast Asian buyers still need to purchase a large portion of their first quarter to early second quarter needs but are being cautious amid rising commodity prices.

“Barge CIF NOLA values are up $3 to $4 per metric ton (mt) this week while FOB NOLA offers have declined $4 to $6/mt for February and March shipment, decreasing netbacks to merchandisers looking to move product on the river. U.S. rail rates are down $2 to $3/mt this week while offers for 40-foot containers to Southeast Asia are mostly steady at $349-$350/mt,” said USGC.

NOTE: All prices listed below can change at any time and are subject to confirmation from seller.

ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE
COMPANY STATE 1/21/2021 1/14/2021
Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816 714 3413)
Missouri Dry $245 $253 -$8
Wet $123 $127 -$4
Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493)
Missouri Dry $240 $250 -$10
Wet $120 $125 -$5
CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066)
Illinois Dry $230 $215 $15
Indiana Dry $230 $205 $25
Iowa Dry $225 $225 $0
Michigan Dry $230 $205 $25
Minnesota Dry $225 $225 $0
North Dakota Dry $230 $225 $5
New York Dry $285 $285 $0
South Dakota Dry $225 $225 $0
POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799)
Indiana Dry $235 $235 $0
Iowa Dry $225 $225 $0
Michigan Dry $235 $235 $0
Minnesota Dry $220 $220 $0
Missouri Dry $260 $260 $0
Ohio Dry $230 $230 $0
South Dakota Dry $235 $228 $7
United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521)
Kansas Dry $240 $230 $10
Wet $75 $75 $0
Illinois Dry $240 $235 $5
Nebraska Dry $240 $225 $15
Wet $75 $75 $0
U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640)
Illinois Dry $225 $230 -$5
Indiana Dry $225 $230 -$5
Iowa Dry $215 $220 -$5
Michigan Dry $220 $225 -$5
Minnesota Dry $220 $225 -$5
Nebraska Dry $235 $240 -$5
New York Dry $285 $290 -$5
North Dakota Dry $230 $235 -$5
Ohio Dry $220 $225 -$5
South Dakota Dry $220 $225 -$5
Wisconsin Dry $215 $220 -$5
Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio, Texas
Indiana Dry $240 $250 -$10
Iowa Dry $0 $0 $0
Minnesota Dry $0 $0 $0
Nebraska Dry $0 $0 $0
Ohio Dry $245 $250 -$5
South Dakota Dry $0 $0 $0
California Dry $0 $0 $0
Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074)
California Dry $297 $300 -$3
*Prices listed per ton.
Weekly Average $231 $230 $1
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 1/21/2021 $5.2425 $187.23
Soybean Meal 1/21/2021 $438.20
DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $231.00
DDG Value Relative to: 1/21 1/14
Corn 123.37% 120.54%
Soybean Meal 52.72% 49.57%
Cost Per Unit of Protein:
DDG $8.56 $8.52
Soybean Meal $9.23 $9.79
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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