Grain Inspections Highest Since Mid-May

Total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major U.S. export regions totaled 2.86 million metric tons (mmt) for the week ending Oct. 7.

Total grain inspections were up 19% from the previous week, down 27% from last year, and up 11% from the three-year average.

Grain inspections were the highest since mid-May, with soybean inspections jumping 87% from the previous week.

From week-to-week, soybean shipments to China (1.17 mmt) rose over 200%, while wheat inspections fell 29% and corn inspections fell 14%.

Also, from the previous week, total inspections increased 45% in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and increased 1% in the Mississippi Gulf.

The large increase in PNW inspections was reflected in a significant jump in PNW rail deliveries of grain to port (GTR table 3).

The high week-to-week increases were a marked departure from the general trend: Over the last four weeks, total inspections were 38% below last year and 21% below the three-year average.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Oct. 14, 2021, Grain Transportation Report.

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