Farmer's Report

SOY, CANOLA & PALM OIL Trends - December 3, 2021


Soybean oil futures closed sharply lower on Wednesday vs the prior week.

Reported market drivers:

  • The January soybean oil futures contract dropped nearly 12% from the high made on the day before Thanksgiving to this week’s low
  • South American soybean planting is reported to be mostly complete, and the early season weather has been nearly ideal. Some analysts are calling for a record Brazilian crop to be harvested in January/February, if weather continues to be favorable
  • Soybean oil basis levels remained mostly steady compared to last week
  • There is still no announcement from the EPA on biodiesel mandates for 2022


  • Canola oil basis offers remained firm this week for Q1 and Q2 of 2022, as historically elevated seed prices continue to affect forward-crushing margins
  • Canadian canola seed exports remain about a third of last years in a continued effort to ration tight supplies from this year’s poor Canadian crop. Crusher demand remains solid despite higher seed prices, as oil demand remains solid, according to analysts


  • Palm oil futures prices pulled back a bit, but are still hovering near their all-time highs on solid demand and lower seasonal production in Malaysia and Indonesia, according to analysts
  • According to updated cargo surveyor reports, Malaysian palm oil exports are up 6 to 10% for the month of November vs. October
  • China buying remains solid as their need for vegetable oils has grown due to a lower internal soybean crush, according to analysts
  • Palm oil and soybean oil prices are now near parity

Mayo & Margarine

  • The soy and palm oil components of mayonnaise and margarine were both lower this week. Butter remained steady to firm

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