Ukrainian corn price hitting new highs 19 January, 2021 at 14:01

As of mid-January, Ukrainian corn at the highest price level since MY 2012/13. Abnormal price rises were lately seen in MY 2013/14 and MY 2017/18. However, those seasons featured bad harvests, whereas the current season, on the contrary, witnesses a record increase in global production – up 1.6% on the year and up 0.5% from the second highest (MY 2016/17).

The key reasons why prices of Ukrainian origin behave this way include the following:

- strong foreign demand (primarily from China),

- the reluctance of Ukrainian farmers to sell the commodity,

- understated expectations of market participants about the final crop size.

Ukrainian prices follow trends in the world market, where the price rally was driven by a feeling of tight supply of South American corn after all-time record shipments in the previous season.

According to UkrAgroConsult, Ukraine’s corn export potential in September-January is realized at 40-45%.