The biofuels price pincer

Crop costs are on the up and squeezing biofuel margins – and this changing dynamic illustrates challenges for the sector.

Rising crop costs are squeezing biofuel margins and may see production fall or stagnate in the United States for the first time since 1996, adding to challenges in Brazil and Europe.

A long-run correlation between US corn and crude oil broke down this month, stemming from new fears for the world economy coupled with harsh conditions in key corn growing areas.

The changing dynamic illustrates challenges for the sector.

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