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March 2015 Monthly Renewable Fuels Report

Impact of Low Ethanol Prices on the Corn Market

The sharp decline in crude petroleum prices in recent months has triggered a substantial decline in ethanol prices to keep it competitive with gasoline. That in turn is raising questions about impacts on corn prices this spring, summer, and fall. In this report, we focus on this issue, including a perspective on whether low energy prices might strongly temper the up-side potential in the corn market in case of spring or summer weather concerns.

Has Solar's Day in the Sun Finally Come?

Shale oil and natural gas are transforming the world’s energy industry.  Are we approaching another transforming moment? Namely, the emergence of a solar industry that will make fossil fuels obsolete.  Although there have been several “false starts,” many experts believe solar’s day has come.  Its impact would evolve at a slower pace than shale oil, but overall it would be more transformative.

PDF of the March 2015 Monthly Report

Corn/Ethanol Balance Sheet
A detailed assessment of production, usage, carryover and prices for corn and ethanol.

Distillers Grains Balance Sheet
A detailed assessment of production, usage, carryover and prices for corn and ethanol.

Featured Ethanol Chart

Costs of ethanol production.

More Information on Ethanol Profitability

 

Soy/Oil Biodiesel Balance Sheet
A detailed assessment of production, usage, carryover and prices of soy/oil and biodiesel.

Soybean Balance Sheet
A detailed assessment of production, usage, carryover and prices of soybeans.

Featured Biodiesel Chart
Costs of Biodiesel Production

More Information on Biodiesel Profitability

 

 

 

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