This article has been reprinted from USDA's April 25 Grain Transportation Report.
For the week ending April 18, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major U.S. export regions reached 2.59 million metric tons (mmt).
This denotes a 16 percent increase from the previous week, an 11 percent decrease from last year, and an 8 percent increase from the 3-year average.
A 53 percent jump in wheat inspections drove the increase in total inspections.
Weekly wheat inspections, destined primarily to Latin America and Africa, were the highest since late September 2016.
Corn inspections increased 14 percent from week-to-week, but soybean inspections dropped 20 percent.
Pacific Northwest (PNW) grain inspections increased 11 percent from the previous week while inspections in the Mississippi Gulf increased 9 percent.