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24 April

China: Corn Industrial Use Shines, Feeding Takes a Hit

Ken Smithmier

In the most recent USDA Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) China Grain and Feed Annual Report, marketing year 2019/20 corn consumption was estimated at a record high 282 million tonnes, up from 279 million in 2018/19.

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Tagged Grain, Global Grain, US Exports, corn, grainular, ethanol, china, agriculture 1 Comment
12 April

From Rail to Barge, US Transportation Grid Slows

Ken Smithmier

The slowdown in the US logistics grid was first highlighted in our March 20th post When The Levee Breaks. Due to increased snow melt in the Northern Plains, more rain this week in the Ohio River Valley and a potential snowstorm impacting parts of Montana, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota,  it doesn’t appear the mess is over. US corn, soybean and wheat shipments through the first 14 weeks of the...

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Tagged Grain, Soybeans, Global Grain, US Exports, us gulf coast, weather, corn, wheat, logistics, barge, rail Leave a comment
29 January

Preparing for the Worst

Ken Smithmier

Over the course of the 35-day US government shutdown, it was rumored that Chinese importers would buy the following:

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Tagged China tariffs, China customs data, Grain, Soybeans, Global Grain, china soybean imports, global oilseed exports, global oilseed loadings 1 Comment
16 January

Global slowdown reaches agricultural markets

Ken Smithmier

Only two weeks into 2019, and ClipperData is already beginning to see wide disparities in Chinese soybean offtake versus historical patterns. Week 1 offtake for China totaled 656,000 tonnes in 2019, compared to 1.12 million tonnes in 2018 and 1.45 million tonnes in 2017.

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Tagged ClipperBlog, China economy, Grain, Soybeans, Global Grain 1 Comment

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Matt Smith deciphers and distills what is most relevant across the energy complex into cohesive and pithy knowledge you can use. The belly laugh is a bonus.

Matt Smith


Dan Graeber is Chief Editor at ClipperData. He specializes in exploring the intersection between geopolitical events and the price of oil.

Dan Graeber


Amir Richani is a geopolitical analyst at ClipperData, with a voracious appetite for studying political, economic and social developments in Latin America.

Amir Richani


Noam Raydan is an analyst at ClipperData, focusing on political and security developments that could disrupt oil flows in the MENA region. She is also a tanker sleuth, scouring the high seas for unusual activities.

Noam Raydan


Ken Smithmier is our Director of Research for Agricultural Markets. Follow along as Ken gets granular about grains.

Ken Smithmier


Josh Lowell is an energy analyst at ClipperData. He specializes in marine fuels, and is known for talking about IMO2020 in his sleep.

Josh Lowell


Ron Coifman Ron is a petrochemicals markets editor at ClipperData. He has over four decades of experience in the petrochemical industry, with a particularly encyclopedic knowledge of Latin America markets.

Ron Coifman


Kaleem Asghar Kaleem is ClipperData's Director of LNG analytics, and our main man when it comes to all things natural gas related..

Kaleem Asghar

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