Below are the numbers for soybean consumption in first five months of crop year for 2008/09 and 2009/10.
Soybean Consumption in first five months of 2008/09
Soybean Consumption in first five months of 2009/10
Graphic of Soybean Overconsumption
Over half of the US soybean crop has been consumed in first four months of the 2009/10 crop year.
(Note that even if the USDA's bogus estimates were true, the numbers still don't add up.)
Accumulated Exports Show Surging Soybean Demand
My reaction: Things are going to get really interesting in the next two or three months. As I wrote in my last entry on Soybean Overconsumption:
What this means
The soybean prices are going way up. How high they go depends on how long the current overconsumption lasts. In other words, right now it would take a 50 to 80 percent rise in prices to ration demand until next harvest. However, with two or three months more of the current overconsumption, soybeans prices will have to double or triple to ration demand.
Watch for the USDA's Madoff Moment
As his ponzi scheme collapsed due to withdrawal requests, Madoff had to face reality and shocked the world by admitting the truth. Investors who believed they owned billions found they had a little over 100 million to divide among themselves. The USDA, in the next three to four months, will also have to face the reality and admit to the world that the US is missing a ten to twenty million metric tons of soybeans. The news should be as well received as Madoff's announcement.