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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 66, September 2017

Category: feedstocks
Published: 14/09/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


As the end of the harvests are being brought in around the UK, we begin with a couple of harvest- and yield-related stories. Last month we reported on the adverse effects the global weather has been having on crop yields, with hot, dry weather affecting key producers such as Chinese maize and US Soybean. Wheat in particular was a cause for concern, as the majority of stocks, which would be used to fill the gap caused by low production, are held in China. However, there has been good news this month coming out of Eastern Europe, with Russia and Ukraine reporting strong wheat harvests, with forecasts looking like yields will surpass the countries’ current record by over 5Mt. This would go some way to ameliorating the dent in global wheat stocks that was predicted last month and now the US Department of agriculture are predicting that the world will once again have record wheat stocks. This just goes to show that...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • WRA seeks wood-boiler clarification
  • EU reintroduces import duty on maize​


  • Hemp needs new markets to deal with yield increases
  • Report predicts future pellet demand from Japan & Korea
  • US report discusses EU wood pellet production​
  • Macquarie completes Green Investment Bank acquisition

Research & Development

  • UK Government report on farm GHG mitigation
  • AD Digestate as Biofertiliser
  • Australian research partnership for better food crop yields
  • Wood demand stimulates forest growth in US South
  • New Growth System may increase profitability of algae growth
  • Potato waste as ethanol feedstock
  • Metsä commissions new bioproduct plant​

Wood & Crop

  • High Eastern European harvests offset dent in wheat stocks
  • Corn stover to be pelletised
  • North American pellet prices hit new low
  • Update on Enviva's Wood Sourcing
  • Enviva announces second quarter results​

Other Feedstocks

  • UK Environment Agency looks to crack down on illegal waste exports
  • Orange Peel as Feedstock for Plastics​


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