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NOPA September U.S. soy crush seen at 162.193 mln bushels -survey

By Karl Plume CHICAGO, Oct 11 (Reuters) - U.S. soy crushings last month likely hit a September record but were down from the prior month due to plant downtime ahead of the harvest, according to analysts polled ahead of a monthly National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) report. NOPA members, which together handle about 95% of all soybeans processed in the United States, likely crushed 162.193 million bushels of soybeans last month, according to the average of estimates from nine analysts surveyed by Reuters. If realized, the crush would top the previous September record of 160.779 million bushels, set last year, but would be down from the 168.085 million bushels crushed in August. The monthly NOPA report will be released at 11 a.m. CDT (1600 GMT) on Tuesday. The organization releases crush data on the 15th of each month or the next business day. Crush forecasts for September ranged from 155.740 million to 166.850 million bushels, with a median estimate of 162.135 million bushels. Soyoil supplies among NOPA members at the end of September were expected to have dropped for a fifth straight month to 1.320 billion pounds, based on the average of estimates from six analysts. If realized, it would be the lowest end-of-month supply since October 2017. Stocks were at 1.401 billion pounds at the end of August and 1.531 billion pounds at the end of September 2018. Estimates for soyoil stocks ranged from 1.268 billion to 1.371 billion pounds, with a median estimate of 1.316 billion. (Reporting by Karl Plume in Chicago; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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