Market Watch

Consumption Soars, But A Big Crop Is Expected

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When COVID-19 hit, it took a while to understand the pandemic and the impact it would have on the peanut industry. With the economy shut down and families forced to stay at home, peanut butter and peanut snacks started flying off grocery store shelves as much as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Peanut shellers had to find a way to ... Read More »

Carryforward Almost Gone As PB, Snacks Feed Families In Quarantine

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Stress in agriculture has never been greater. Two major hurricanes, Irma and Michael, quality problems and now germination issues, low commodity prices, COVID-19 pandemic, riots and unrest in cities, talk of food shortages, a devastating court ruling on a popular chemical product…the list seems endless. The U.S. peanut market has remained quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been no ... Read More »

Markets Are Quiet As Some Buying Segments Remain Closed

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The ongoing spread of the coronavirus has become one of the biggest threats to the global economy. The agricultural economy was already suffering from low commodity prices and they remain low as major markets are closed to potential buying. The loss of schools and restaurants has interrupted the food chain on a grand scale. The economy being locked down is ... Read More »

A Good Quality Crop Is Needed In 2020

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COVID-19 is bringing more stress and worry to the agriculture picture. If there is a positive in this, it is that demand for peanuts and peanut butter will increase as more people are eating at home. The easy-to-use, nutritious, go-to food makes an ideal meal or snack for families staying at home instead of sending the kids to school and ... Read More »

Domestic Usage Takes Big Jump In First Quarter

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Never before has the U.S. peanut market been in such disarray with so many unusual circumstances as it is in 2020. The peanut market continues to rise with very thin trading volume. Prices for peanuts testing negative for aflatoxin are about 68 cents per pound for whole peanuts. Blanched material is priced in the mid-70s to low 80 cents per ... Read More »

Carryover Reduction Is A Positive For Producers

The U.S. peanut market is said to be difficult with producers awaiting marketing signals on how many acres of peanuts to plant. Shellers are struggling to meet deliveries of current contracts and still show little interest to sell more until current contracts are filled. If a buyer does show interest and a price is offered, shellers are still choosing to ... Read More »

Offers Reflect The Full Market Pipeline

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The peanut market has firmed up slightly as shelling of the 2019 crop gets underway. The price for shelled runner peanuts has increased from 46 cents per pound in the early season to 56 cents per pound this month. Some buyers waited and are now feeling the pinch of having to pay more for peanuts. Quality seems to be the ... Read More »

Uncertain Crop Quality Makes Supply/Demand Calculations Difficult

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The wait and see feeling continues for the peanut industry. Peanut shellers are processing the 2019 crop. Brokers report that U.S. exports depend on the quality of Southeast-produced peanuts and how well the shellers will be able to handle it. Prices for raw-shelled peanuts have only one way to go and that is up. Tight specifications for the market will ... Read More »

Crop conditions expected to affect final yield

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The U.S. market is in a “wait and see” mode. The Southeast, where 70% of peanuts are grown, is experiencing hot and dry conditions, one of the longest such periods in history. Early planted peanuts were considered good, especially those under irrigation. However, late-planted and dryland peanuts are showing damage and increased aflatoxin. It is too early to tell the ... Read More »

Trade And Disaster Relief Dominate Market Talk Most Recently

Production for peanuts in 2019-20 is projected by USDA to be up 3 percent to 5.6 billion pounds based on modest increases in intended planting and yield. The NASS Prospective Plantings report showed most peanut acreage gains are expected for Texas and Florida, where cotton acreage is down 23 percent. The idea that cotton would bounce back to 80 cents ... Read More »