Total Grain Inspections Down 15% From Week Ended Sept. 1; Down 8% From 2017

This article has been reprinted from the Sept. 13 USDA Grain Transportation Report.

For the week ending September 6, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major U.S. export regions reached 2.18 million metric tons (mmt), down 15 percent from the previous week, down 8 percent from last year, and 6 percent below the 3-year average.

Although wheat and soybean inspections increased 5 and 19 percent, respectively, from the previous week, the increases could not offset the 43 percent drop in corn inspections.

Shipments of corn to Latin America and Asia were down significantly from the previous week.

Pacific Northwest (PNW) grain inspections increased 17 percent from the past week, but Mississippi Gulf inspections decreased 20 percent for the same period.

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