GRAINNET News and Information for the Grain, Milling, Feed, Seed and BioFuels Industries Wheat Growers' New Facility in Kennebec, SD Loads First Railcars Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:52:30 EDT Kennebec, SD - In a season of firsts for Wheat Growers’ Kennebec Grain Terminal, the first 115-car unit train was loaded with soybeans earlier this week. The train arrived in Kennebec on the state-owned, rehabilitated rail line from Chamberlain to Kennebec and Presho that had not been used in over two decades. “This is the first of many trains to load grain from our Wheat Growers facility, and we are so excited to share this moment with producers in the Kennebec territory,” Dale Locken, Wheat Growers CEO, says. “Producers in the area are having a good year so far with excellent Farmers Union Cooperative Association Installs New Grain Bin Technology at Wahoo, NE Facility Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:21:02 EDT National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center Forecasts Warm and Dry Outlook For Winter Across Southern Plains Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:03:59 EDT Farmers Grain Cooperative Begins Operation at New Chisholm Trail Terminal in Medford, OK Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:32:11 EDT USDA AMS Accepting Proposals For GMO Disclosure and Labeling Program Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:58:21 EDT Viterra Opens New High-Throughput Grain Terminal in St. Agate, Manitoba Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:55:42 EDT USDA October Rice Outlook Report: U.S. 2016/17 Export Forecast Lowered 3.0 Million Cwt to 112.0 Million Cwt Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:53:00 EDT Canadian Farmers Concerned Over Railroad Bottleneck in Transporting Grain Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:50:17 EDT Video: Expansion of G3 Canada Driven By Speed Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:33:11 EDT KS Growers Producing Surplus Grain Yields Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:31:16 EDT Grain Barge Shipments Higher Than Average While Rates Remain Below Average Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:41:05 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's Oct. 20 Grain Transportation Report. As of October 14, USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration reports that 29,630 grain barges have been inspected and unloaded in the New Orleans area this year, 24 percent higher than the 3-year average. Despite the higher volumes, spot barge rates as of October 18 have been 26 to 60 percent lower than the 3-year average. This indicates an adequate barge supply for the increased demand, as rates remain competitive to attract buyers. Barge rates in the northern most portion of the Upper Mississippi River have seen some increases Total Grain Inspections Up 14% From Week Ending Oct. 6, Up 25% From 2015 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:36:01 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's Oct. 20 Grain Transportation Report. For the week ending October 13, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from major U.S. export regions reached 3.97 million metric tons (mmt), up 14 percent from the previous week, up 25 percent from last year, and 59 percent above the 3-year average. Soybean inspections reached 2.64 mmt, up 39 percent from the previous week. Soybean exports destined to China increased 34 percent from the previous week. Wheat inspections increased 3 percent from the past week, and corn inspections decreased 24 percent. Mississippi Gulf grain U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices Rise For Third Consecutive Week Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:33:43 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's Oct. 20 Grain Transportation Report. During the week ending October 17, U.S. average diesel fuel prices increased 4 cents per gallon to reach $2.48. Prices have increased 11 cents over the past 3 weeks, but remain 5 cents below the same time last year. Analysts report this increase is due to a deeper than expected decrease in distillate fuel inventories since early September. Refineries use distillate fuel to create both diesel fuel and residential heating oil. As the seasonal demand for heating oil increases, impacts to the diesel fuel market can be expected. The National Grain Transportation Overview By Sector: 10/20/16 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:31:09 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's Oct. 20 Grain Transportation Report. Export Sales During the week ending October 6, unshipped balances of wheat, corn, and soybeans totaled 44.4 mmt, up 42 percent from the same time last year. Net weekly wheat export sales were .491 mmt, up 30 percent from the previous week. Net corn export sales were .874 mmt, down 58 percent from the previous week, and net soybean export sales were 1.4 mmt, down 36 percent from the past week. Rail U.S. Class I railroads originated 26,842 grain carloads for the week ending October 8, down 3 percent from the previous Grain and Iron Ore Trade Boosted Third Quarter Ocean Freight Rates Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:27:20 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's Oct. 20 Grain Transportation Report. Strong iron ore and grain trade boosted the employment of Panamax vessels and pushed up ocean freight rates during the 3rd quarter, 2016. Starting earlier during the quarter, China substituted domestic coal and iron with cheap imported raw materials leading to high imports and strong demand for Panamax and Supramax vessels. Ocean freight rates for shipping bulk grain from the U.S. Gulf to Japan averaged $29.92 per metric ton (mt) during the quarter—13 percent above the previous quarter, but 14 and 32 percent below the same quarter last year and Canadian Pacific Railway Launches Online Scorecard to Grade Itself on Grain Hauling Performance Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:00:18 EDT Canadian Pacific Reports Lower-Than-Expected Quarterly Results Following Delayed Grain Harvest Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:45:16 EDT Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority (NY) Breaks Ground on $2.4 Million Project to Construct Grain Bins Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:42:08 EDT Preview of Costs and Returns For 2017 Wheat, Canola, Corn, and Sorghum Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:14:46 EDT Summerside Port Corporation (Canada) Processes First Ever Shipment of Soybeans Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:11:09 EDT ID Farmers Begin Planting Winter Wheat Crop Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:05:02 EDT U.S. Drought Monitor: Midwest Region Notes Increasingly Dry Conditions Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:45 EDT Registration Now Open For K-State University Grain Elevator Managers Course ... Jan. 9-13 ... Manhattan, KS Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:20:41 EDT Crop Consultant Dr. Michael Cordonnier Doesn't Change South American Crop Pegs Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:16:24 EDT ProFarmer's Final 2016 Corn and Soybean Condition Ratings Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:14:30 EDT