Total Grain Inspections Up 15% From Week Ended Dec. 6; Down 17% From 2017

This article has been reprinted from the Dec. 20 USDA Grain Transportation Report.

For the week ending December 13, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans), for export from all major U.S. export regions, reached 2.61 million metric tons (mmt); up 15 percent from the previous week, down 17 percent from last year, and down 10 percent from the 3-year average.

Inspections of wheat jumped 52 percent from the previous week, the highest since late September 2017.

Demand for U.S. wheat remained strong from Asia and Latin America. Corn and soybean inspections were up 1 and 10 percent, respectively, from the previous week.

Pacific Northwest grain inspections increased 24 percent from the previous week, and Mississippi Gulf inspections increased 11 percent for the same period.

Outstanding export sales (unshipped) are up from the previous week for wheat, but down for corn and soybeans.