US production of soybean oil, white grease, tallow rises in March: USDA


US production of crude soybean oil was 189 million lb higher in March compared with February, and 214 million lb higher compared with the same month a year earlier, data from the US Department of Agriculture showed on Tuesday.

In its monthly Fats and Oils report, the USDA said soybean processors produced 2.079 billion lb of crude soybean oil in March, compared with 1.889 billion lb in February. Processors crushed 5.465 million st of soybeans in March, compared with 4.948 million st in February.

The data also showed that rendering plants produced 109 million lb of choice white grease in March, down 3% or 3.9 million lb from February.

Rendering plants produced 342 million lb of inedible tallow in March, up 6% from February and 7% more than in March 2017.

Soybean oil, choice white grease and tallow are three common feedstocks for biodiesel production.


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