This article has been reprinted from the Oct. 3 USDA Grain Transportation Report.
On September 30, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reopened the Bonneville Lock and Dam, located on the Columbia River in Oregon.
USACE had closed the facility on September 5 because of a crack in a lock wall.
Since 2001, food and farm products represent over 65 percent of barged goods reaching PNW ports via the Columbia River system.
Of these food and farm products, wheat and vegetables are the largest shares.
Although the total September 2019 volume was far lower than September 2018, the amount passing through after the September 30 reopening more than tripled the total from the rest of September 2019.