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2018 late “spring” has US Wheat, Corn prices to “spring” upwards

Recent market trends for US Wheat and corn futures. Click below links to read more about it.

Corn, wheat prices jump as USDA pencils in tighter supplies

WASDE jump-starts corn, wheat prices.


Written by cradut

June 13th, 2018 at 5:46 pm

Increased Grain Shipments

Yes we have been busy on the inspections side of things…very busy actually. Our inspection team handled the work load and overcame challenges to deliver services to our customers without any major issues.

From, click on below link
Port profits surge with increased grain shipments

Written by cradut

September 12th, 2017 at 7:53 pm

Winter weather woes continues to cause headaches…

This has been a bad winter all around, bad for commuters bad for public services workers and bad for grain deliveries, and it still continues into the month of March. Click below for further information.

Bad weather delays grain ships on Columbia River

Export grain buyers shifting to Gulf ports as PNW delays persist

Written by cradut

March 18th, 2017 at 5:15 am

Ships pile up on the river / Cargo slow to arrive

January 26, 2017

The unusually brutal 2017 winter weather has caused havoc for people on the roads as well as ship traffic. We’ve seen schools and businesses close as a result of hazardous road conditions. We’ve also had to deal with inspection cancellations, and high congestion on the Columbia River. Ships battle the harsh winter seas to get to the entrance of the river and then forced to start drifting outside for days, while agents frantically work to find an anchorage spot. Meanwhile vessels that make it in end up laying idle for weeks because terminals are not receiving cargo due to trains and trucks inability to move because of heavy snow and freezing conditions. There are reports of rail tracks covered in high snow with instances of rail cars actually being buried halfway in deep snow. The waiting time for vessels on the river this winter has been as much as 30 days with some ships having to wait even longer. Adding insult to injury the Columbia Snake River System (CSRS) has scheduled closures for extended maintenance this year through March 20, 2017 during which time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will make essential renovations to all the navigation locks on the Columbia River and the Snake River. No barge traffic will be able to pass during this time.

Some news links below further explain the situation with some information of the NW grain market

Mother Nature Unkind to Grain Shippers, End Users, Exporters

Storms slow delivery of goods, ships stacked up on Columbia River

Columbia River Snake River System

Northwest grain market summary

Written by cradut

January 26th, 2017 at 5:50 pm

High yields not enough storage space

Written by cradut

November 18th, 2016 at 7:31 pm

Snake River Upgrade / Fall Harvest

Current events regarding wheat harvest and Columbia River maintenance. Click on links below

USW readies customers for Columbia Snake River System upgrade

Elevators grapple with wheat storage

Record crops, low prices lead to biggest sustained Kansas wheat harvest in many years

Written by cradut

August 31st, 2016 at 10:54 pm

Japan’s grain supply & related news from around the web

From around the web. Click on below direct link to the entire article.

Japan, South Korea halt wheat imports over G.M.O. concerns

Unapproved GMO Wheat Found Growing in Washington State

Japan’s corn imports increase

Written by cradut

August 17th, 2016 at 5:31 pm

Bulk carrier hit object grounded in Columbia River

Written by cradut

March 25th, 2016 at 3:13 pm

US Wheat Associates – Wheat Letter, February 25, 2016

US Wheat Associates – Wheat Letter – February 25, 2016

Written by cradut

February 25th, 2016 at 11:27 pm

Fallout of the NW lockout

From: Pujet Sound Business Journal
Study: Washington state lost $769.5 million during dock slowdowns last year

Portland longshore workers paid $1.2 million to not work at Port of Portland

Written by cradut

February 25th, 2016 at 10:38 pm