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WASDE: Wheat Ending Stocks Drop 25 Million Bushels

February 8, 2013
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WHEAT:  U.S. wheat ending stocks for 2012/13 are projected 25 million bushels lower this month with higher expected feed and residual disappearance.  Feed and residual use is projected 25 million bushels higher as weaker cash prices relative to corn support opportunities for increased wheat use in livestock and poultry rations.  Feed and residual use is raised 10 million bushels each for Hard Red Winter (HRW) and Soft Red Winter (SRW) wheat, and raised 5 million bushels for White wheat.  Projected all-wheat exports are unchanged, but HRW and Hard Red Spring wheat are lowered 25 million bushels and 5 million bushels, respectively.  Offsetting these reductions are projected increases in SRW and White wheat exports of 25 million bushels and 5 million bushels, respectively.  By-class export changes largely reflect the pace of sales and shipments to date.  The projected season-average farm price for wheat is narrowed 5 cents on both ends of the range to $7.70 to $8.10 per bushel.

Global wheat supplies for 2012/13 are nearly unchanged with a small increase in beginning stocks more than offsetting a small decrease in production.  Global wheat output is projected 0.7 million tons lower.  Production is lowered for Kazakhstan and Brazil, but raised for Ukraine, South Africa, and Belarus.

Global wheat trade for 2012/13 is trimmed slightly.  Imports are lowered 0.5 million tons for Morocco, 0.3 million tons for Saudi Arabia, and 0.2 million tons each for Israel, South Africa, and Vietnam.  Imports are raised 0.6 million tons for South Korea, 0.5 million tons for Iran, and 0.2 million tons for Brazil.  Exports are raised 0.5 million tons for EU-27, but reduced 0.5 million tons for Kazakhstan and 0.3 million tons for Brazil.  Lower exports for Brazil and Kazakhstan reflect smaller crops, while the increase in South Korea imports supports higher wheat feeding.  Wheat feed and residual use is also raised for Ukraine.  Wheat feed and residual use is lowered for EU-27, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, and Israel.  Global wheat consumption is virtually unchanged at 673.4 million tons; however, global consumption is projected down 24.6 million tons year to year, mostly reflecting lower feed and residual use in 2012/13.  World wheat ending stocks for 2012/13 are also nearly unchanged this month at 176.7 million tons.  Lower projected ending stocks in the United States and Morocco are offset by higher stocks in Iran, South Korea, and Ukraine.

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