Cold, Winter Weather Impact January Soybean Crush
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U.S. soybean crushing volumes totaled 195 million bushels in January, the USDA reported on...
Crude and kosher glycerin prices were little changed again during the first week of February. Market participants indicated crude values in the 9.5 to 10.5 cents per pound range, with several reporting the market was still very quiet.
Glycerin supply was tight at the end of December 2023 and into January as cold weather forced the coal freeze industry to begin using stored glycerin. This caused several buyers to enter the market to replenish supply, which boosted prices. Glycerin values also moved higher at this time due to solid demand from the animal feed sector.
Crude glycerin is the main by-product of biodiesel production. Continued strength in domestic renewable diesel (RD) output, which was reported in December 2023, could impact glycerin supply in the weeks and months ahead. U.S. RD production reached a new monthly and an all-time record high of 273.0 million gallons in December 2023.