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Declining Glidepath for Ethanol

The coronavirus economic lockdown caused ethanol demand thus corn usage to plunge this year but the long-term shows a limited future for the biomass-based fuel. Using projections for all-electric and hybrid automobiles sales, Bloomberg analysts forecast a return to conventional internal combustion engine use but not a full one, and one that eventually declines over time.   Over the next decade, demand for corn derived ethanol is likely to decline by nearly 15 percent. This will result in increases in corn carryout unless production slows or new sources of demand are developed.  ...

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Dec 20 Corn closed at $3.365/bushel, down $0.0825 from yesterday's close.  Sep 20 Wheat closed at $5.2475/bushel, down $0.0925 from yesterday's close.  Nov 20 Soybeans closed at $8.7525/bushel, down $0.155 from yesterday's close.  Dec 20 Soymeal closed at $291.7/short ton, down $...

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