Total Grain Inspections Down 1% From Week Ended Feb. 28; Down 20% From 2017

This article has been reprinted from the March 14 USDA Grain Transportation Report.

For the week ending March 7, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major U.S. export regions reached 2.24 million metric tons (mmt).

This total is a 1 percent decrease from the previous week, a 20 percent decrease from last year, and is 15 percent below the 3-year average.

Despite the decrease in total inspections of grain, wheat inspections jumped 21 percent from week to week.

However, the increase in wheat inspections could not offset the decrease in inspections of corn and soybeans, which accounted for 72 percent of total grain inspections.

Grain inspections in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) decreased 9 percent from the previous week, but Mississippi Gulf grain inspections increased 6 percent.