Total Grain Inspections Down 6% From Week Ended March 22; Down 14% From 2017

This article has been reprinted from the April 5, 2018 USDA Grain Transportation Report.

For the week ending March 29, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export, from all major U.S. export regions, reached 2.3 million metric tons (mmt); down 6 percent from the previous week, down 14 percent from last year, and 3 percent above the 3-year average. 

Corn and wheat inspections increased slightly, but could not offset the 24 percent drop in inspections of soybeans.

Pacific Northwest (PNW) grain inspections remained strong at 1 mmt and increased 24 percent from the previous week. 

During the last four weeks, inspections of grain in the PNW were 21 percent above last year and 37 percent above the 3-year average. 

Mississippi Gulf grain inspections decreased 20 percent from week to week.

Current outstanding (unshipped) export sales were up for wheat but
down for corn and soybeans.