Total Grain Inspections Down 15% From Week Ended March 8; Down 15% From 2017

This article has been reprinted from USDA's March 22 Grain Transportation Report.

For the week ending March 15, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export, from all major U.S. export regions, reached 2.37 million metric tons (mmt); down 15 percent from the previous week, down 15 percent from last year, and 2 percent below the 3-year average. 

The decrease in total grain inspections was driven by a 47 percent drop in soybean inspections. 

Soybean inspections were the lowest, since late July of last year, with shipments down primarily to Asia. 

Inspections of wheat and corn increased slightly from the previous week. 

Pacific Northwest (PNW) grain inspections decreased 28 percent from the previous week, but Mississippi Gulf inspections increased 4 percent. 

Current outstanding (unshipped) export sales were up for corn and soybeans, but

down for wheat.