Total Grain Inspections Down 41% From Week Ended Dec. 28; Down 33% From 2017

This article has been reprinted from the Jan. 11 Grain Transportation Report.

For the week ending January 4, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major U.S. export regions reached 1.28 million metric tons (mmt), down 41 percent from the previous week, down 33 percent from the same time last year, and 51 percent below the 3-year average. 

Inspections of each of the three major grains were down significantly from the previous week, with the largest drop in wheat (72 percent). 

The declines were due in part to a significant slowdown in barge and rail movements of grain following the holidays. 

Pacific Northwest (PNW) inspections decreased 55 percent from the past week, and Mississippi Gulf grain inspections decreased 29 percent for the same period. 

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