Soybean Futures & Market Updates | March 27, 2024

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Exploring Soybean Futures and Market Dynamics

In the realm of soybean trading, May delivery futures have slumps by 6.50¢, reaching $11.92¼ per bushel. Concurrently, soymeal experienced a Dip of $0.8 to $339.05 per short ton, while soy oil displayed resilience, slumps 0.75¢ to reach 47.67¢ per pound.



Contract Last Change Open High Low Close
24-May 11.925 -6.5 11.9675 11.98 11.895 11.925
24-Jul 12.065 -6 12.1 12.115 12.035 12.065
24-Aug 12.05 -4.75 12.07 12.0875 12.0125 12.05
Soybean Oil
Contract Last Change Open High Low Close
24-May 0.4767 -0.75 0.4842 0.4843 0.4739 0.4767
24-Jul 0.4822 -0.77 0.4895 0.4898 0.4797 0.4822
24-Aug 0.4825 -0.74 0.4894 0.4898 0.4801 0.4825
Soybean Meal
Contract Last Change Open High Low Close
24-May 3.39


3.392 3.419 3.382 3.39
24-Jul 3.426 -0.9 3.428 3.449 3.419 3.426
24-Aug 3.434 -1 3.433 3.454 3.427 3.434
By Abdul Hameed Team


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Soybean Futures in Chicago Experience Decline Amid Brazilian Weather Improvement

Soybean Futures Respond to Brazilian Weather Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures experienced a decline on Thursday due to improved weather conditions in Brazil. The market witnessed a decrease in activity as beneficial rains eased concerns over crop losses in Brazil, the world’s leading soybean exporter.

Brazil’s Influence on Soybean Market The most-active March soybean contract SH24 reached its lowest price since June amidst these developments. The improved weather in Brazil has alleviated worries about potential crop damage, consequently affecting market prices. Moreover, the prospect of crop losses in Brazil potentially shifting demand to the United States adds complexity to the market dynamics as these two countries vie for export sales globally.

Policy Implications in the US Meanwhile, biofuel and agriculture groups in the United States are advocating for the swift approval of an emergency waiver for fuel sales blended with up to 15% ethanol. The waiver aims to address potential disruptions in the US transportation energy supply amid global conflicts. It would temporarily suspend the 9.0 psi limit for ethanol gasoline blends during the summer ozone control season in conventional areas. Notably, the EPA has granted this waiver in the past two years.

 China’s Response to Paraguayan Soybean Exports

 In another development, the Chinese Foreign Ministry responded to statements by Paraguayan President Santiago Pena regarding soybean exports to China amid tensions with Taiwan. While China is the world’s largest soybean importer, its customs statistics refute claims of soybean imports from Paraguay. Lin Jian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, emphasized the importance of Paraguay aligning with historical trends and its own development for the benefit of its people.

  • Trade Dynamics in the Soybean Market

Trade Dynamics in the Soybean Market China’s soybean imports from Brazil surged by 211% in January and February compared to the same period last year, reaching 6.96 million tonnes. Conversely, soybean arrivals from the United States during the same period experienced a decline of 48.9%, totaling 4.96 million tonnes. These contrasting figures underscore the evolving dynamics in global soybean trade.

Supply and Demand Projection for Brazilian Soybeans Despite

a recent reduction in the Safras & Mercado estimate for Brazilian soybean production, the overall supply and demand outlook remains relatively stable. However, ending stocks are anticipated to be 40% lower than the previous season’s figure. Safras & Mercado forecasts Brazilian soybean exports to reach 94 million tons in 2024, slightly lower than the 2023 figure of 101.86 million tons. Additionally, crushing estimates for 2024 indicate a modest increase of 1% compared to the previous season.


Safras & Mercado Brazilian Soybean Production Projection
Indicator 2024 2023 Change
Soybean Production 154.317 mln tons N/A -6%
Soybean Exports 94 mln tons 101.86 mln tons -7%
Soybean Crushing 54.3 mln tons 53.74 mln tons 1%
Soybean Imports 650 thousand tons 181 thousand tons 259%
Total Demand 151.3 mln tons N/A -5%
Ending Stocks 3.017 mln tons 5.066 mln tons -40%

Analyzing FEDIOL’s Latest Figures

The European Association of Vegetable Oil Producers (FEDIOL) recently released data indicating a notable trend in oilseed processing across the EU in February 2024. Let’s delve into the details:

 Overall Oilseed Processing

In February 2024, EU oil extraction facilities processed approximately 3.285 million tons of oilseeds. While this marks a decrease of 215 thousand tons from the previous month, it’s a significant increase of 204 thousand tons compared to the same period last year.

  • Rapeseed Processing Dynamics

Local enterprises within the EU processed around 1.738 million tons of rapeseed during the observed period. This reflects a slight decrease of 21 thousand tons from January, yet it demonstrates a notable increase of 154 thousand tons compared to February 2023.

  • Soybean Processing Insights

The volume of soybean processing in February totaled 1.053 million tons, registering a decrease of 117 thousand tons from January and 24 thousand tons from February 2023.

  • Sunseed Processing Trends

Sunseed processing also witnessed a decline in February 2024. Processing plants received 494 thousand tons of sunflower seeds during this period, indicating a decrease of 77 thousand tons from January. However, this volume represents an increase of 74 thousand tons compared to February 2023.

Canadian Canola Processing Highlights

Meanwhile, in Canada, canola processing has reached new heights in the marketing year 2023/24:

  • Record Processing Volume

According to analysts at OilWorld (Germany), Canadian oil extraction plants processed approximately 898 thousand tons of canola last month. While this figure is 39 thousand tons lower than January, it marks an impressive increase of 86 thousand tons compared to February 2023.

  • Seasonal Accumulation

The total processing volume of Canadian oilseeds since the beginning of the season has now reached a record 6.4 million tons, compared to 5.7 million tons during the August-February period of the 2022/23 marketing year, as emphasized by the agency.

  • Export Decline

However, there’s been a noticeable decline in Canadian canola exports this season. By March 17, only 1.1 million tons had been shipped, a significant decrease from the 1.9 million tons shipped during the same period in the previous year, according to OilWorld (Germany).

Challenges in Moldova’s Vegetable Oil Industry

On another note, Moldova’s vegetable oil sector faces challenges:

  • Production Halt

The largest vegetable oil producer in Moldova has ceased operations due to a shortage of sunflowers in the domestic market. Stella Ostrovetsky, director of the Floarea Soarelui enterprise, highlighted the inability to procure oilseeds domestically and the practical impossibility of importing seeds from abroad.

  • Import Licensing Constraints

Ostrovetsky noted the ineffective nature of the import licensing mechanism introduced in October 2023. Attempts to import seeds from Ukraine were thwarted as the Ministry of Agriculture of Moldova denied the necessary licenses.

  • Operational Capacity

With the enterprise capable of processing over 1 thousand tons of sunflower seeds daily, the inability to secure sufficient volumes has led to the suspension of operations at both the Balti and Giurgiulesti plants.


In conclusion, the soybean market’s intricacies reflect a delicate dance of supply, demand, and global dynamics. As we navigate these fluctuations, staying attuned to market trends and agricultural forecasts is paramount across the supply chain. So we are predicting that soybean market project a neutral  trend Projections and as well in hovering within the range of $11.3 to $12.3 per bushel.