Situation and Outlook - May 2002
The world oilseed export forecast for 2001/02 is
reduced 880,000 tons this month to 70.4 million tons. This decline is largely due to a 944,000-ton reduction in the
world soybean export forecast. Most of the decline is a result of reduced trade
volume with China resulting from the implementation of China’s biotech
regulations. China’s soybean
import forecast was reduced this month to 11.0 million tons, down 17 percent
from 2000/01. Exports for both
Argentina and Brazil were lowered this month in response to the slow start in
sales in 2002. Paraguay’s soybean
export forecast was also reduced this month, spurred partly by a lower
production estimate for 2002. Other
changes this month include a 66,000-ton reduction in the world copra export
forecast for 2001/02, as well as increases in sunflowerseed exports, forecast at
2.0 million tons, and rapeseed exports, forecast at 7.8 million tons.
U.S. export forecasts remain nearly unchanged this month for 2001/02.
World soybean ending stocks estimates by USDA
increased again this month. The
ending stocks for 2001/02 are estimated at 29.5 million tons, up 14,000 tons
from April. The increase in ending
stocks is mainly attributed to increased stocks in Brazil and Argentina as a
result of reduced exports to China. The
forecast for U.S. soybean ending stocks is down 136,000 tons this month to 7.1
The world oilseed crush forecast declined to 266.2
million tons, down 432,000 tons from last month=s estimate. Leading
the decline in oilseed crush is China where soybean crush for 2001/02 was
reduced 500,000 tons this month to 20.6 million tons.
Despite the lower crush this month for China, soybean crush in China is
still expected to increase over 2000/01 by 9 percent.
Estimates of Canadian rapeseed crush are down 304,000 tons due to more
than a 2-million-ton drop in Canadian rapeseed production in 2001.
The total oilseed meal export forecast for 2001/02
decreased slightly this month to 58.9 million tons. Rapeseed meal exports declined over 300,000 tons, fishmeal
exports were reduced 266,000 tons, and copra meal exports declined 46,000 tons
this month. These decreases in
exports were offset by increases in export forecasts for the remaining oilseed
meals, principally soybean and cottonseed meal.
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