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Total Grain Inspections Lowest Since Late December

Total inspections of grain for export reached 1.74 MMT

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For the week ending April 16, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major U.S. export regions reached 1.74 million metric tons (mmt).

Total grain inspections were down 26 percent from the previous week, down 34 percent from last year, and down 34 percent from the 3-year average.

Inspections of grain were also the lowest since the end of December. Soybean inspections increased 14 percent from week to week; going primarily to Asia.

The increase in soybeans, however, could not offset the respective 29 and 42 percent drop in inspections of wheat and corn. Grain inspections were down 46 percent in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and down 10 percent in the Mississippi Gulf.

During the last four weeks, grain inspections were 18 below last year and 22 percent below the 3-year average.

Information provided by USDA Grain Transportation Report.

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