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Grain Inspections Continue to Decline

Drop driven by 42% decrease in wheat inspections

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For the week ending March 14, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major U.S. export regions reached 2.04 million metric tons (mmt).

This is a 12% decrease from the previous week, an 18% decrease from last year, and is 20% below the 3-year average, according to the USDA Grain Transportation Report.

The drop in inspections was driven by a 42% decrease in wheat inspections. Shipments of wheat, primarily bound for Asia, also dropped last week.

Corn inspections were down 1% from week-to-week, but soybean inspections were unchanged. Inspections of grain in the Mississippi Gulf were down 14% from the previous week, but inspections in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) increased 3%.

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