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Corn stockpiles soar as U.S. farmers await better prices

Corn stockpiles soar as U.S. farmers await better prices

By Jamie Martin

This season, U.S. farmers have accumulated large volumes of unsold corn, with many choosing to store their produce rather than sell at current low prices.

This cautious approach is in anticipation of a market rebound, despite the existing grain glut and optimistic crop ratings indicating robust summer yields.

The decision to hold onto crops has led to a larger-than-normal volume of unsold grain, especially in the Midwest, as confirmed by interviews with 15 grain farmers.

With U.S. corn inventories on track to reach a six-year high by September 2025, there is a growing concern over the impact of these stockpiles on future market prices.

This economic tension between farmers and grain buyers has been characterized by Angie Setzer as an intense stare-down, with both sides hesitant to make the first move.

While farmers hope for a price increase due to potential adverse summer weather, buyers, including major processors like Archer-Daniels-Midland, are offering premiums for immediate supplies but are cautious about long-term commitments.

With USDA updates pending, the situation remains fluid. Farmers, like Samuel Ebenkamp in Indiana, have leveraged the market conditions by selling during brief price rallies but continue to hold significant quantities for better opportunities.

This strategic holding pattern poses a critical question for the agricultural market - Will the eventual influx of new crops this fall further depress prices, or will farmers' patience pay off?

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