The grass is now being cut in Yunnan, but oil content low. After the rainy season is over, oil in September should be of better quality. Reports from China claim that Indonesian crop is very large and with lower labor costs, prices should ease.
Aug 1st, 2019
While we are in the middle of the crop, rains have delayed harvesting. One report states current oil quality is poor, testing at only 31% Citronellal. Due to this, there has been an ever so slight reduction in prices, but availability still tight.
Apr 1st, 2019
New crop oil should start to be available end-April/early-May, but limited. When demand increases, prices should continue to rise.
Mar 1st, 2019
Reports continue to advise that there is very little stock left. With new season oil not available before July/August, we do not foresee any chance prices will ease any time soon.
Feb 1st, 2019
Reports continue to state that current crop will be small, hampered by rain. They also advise that factories are not willing to negotiate, believing prices will continue to firm.
Jan 1st, 2019
With the crop season over, and prices continuing to firm, reports indicate factories not willing to speculate. It is expected that prices will eventually stabilize in the next few months.
Dec 1st, 2018
With heavy rains during the growing season it is no surprise that this year’s total production was less than last years. Prices have stayed firm but any change in demand will cause prices to rise.
Sep 1st, 2018
Here too, rains have lessened Chinese crop. Prices are firm and reports indicate that they will continue to rise.
Aug 1st, 2018
With offers from China non-existent, pressure on Indonesian has seen prices climb. Availability is still an issue.
Jul 1st, 2018
Rain here in the growing regions keeping production down. Processers in China have imported oil from Indonesia in order to meet demand both at home and overseas. This has kept pricing firm and availability is an issue.
Jun 1st, 2018
Demand for Citronella is high with new oil to be available from July onwards. Pricing should be firm until then.
Feb 1st, 2018
As mentioned above, prolonged heavy rains kept output down. One report indicates total produced in 2017 was only 40% of 2016’s total and only 25% of 2015’s. Besides the rains, low prices have discouraged farmers. With the extraordinary demand arising this year, one would expect that there will be an overabundance in 2019, starting the cycle again.
Mar 1st, 2017
With reports that there is no carryover in the hands of factories prices continue to firm. There is a limited arrival of oil in the market in April so prices are expected to continue to firm.
Feb 1st, 2017
Chinese production in 2016 was approximately two thirds of that of 2015. This was due to a combination of low prices discouraging farmers from distilling, environmental protection policies, and bad weather. With Indonesia acting as an alternative to China in 2016, supply was stable. Now with steady rains, their supply has become limited. As a result, prices have increased.
Jan 3rd, 2017
Production was reduced in November. Prices have firmed and are expected to increase further.
Dec 1st, 2016
While the 2016 crop in China was small, Indonesia kept prices stable. With strong demand reported, prices for Citronella Oil have started to firm.
Nov 1st, 2016
A previous report indicated that farmers had focused on rubber cultivation, devoting less time to Citronella. Prices have remained stable due to large amounts of oil being available from Indonesia.
Jul 1st, 2016
Rain in the growing region of Yunnan has curtailed production. Crop season begins in July, so we do not foresee any disruption as Indonesian Oil is readily available.
May 1st, 2016
This winter’s cold weather in Southern China killed the grasses there, greatly diminishing the Spring crop. With the new crop not available until August/September prices are expected to firm.