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PNW Grain Exports down in MAY while U.S. Energy Sector gathers pace

From (TDN) The Daily News online
Port of Longview grain exports down in May

US Energy Revolution Gathers Pace

Written by cradut

May 20th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Kansas crop tour participants estimate lower yield potential than a year ago

Our Inspector Mr. Bryan Pogan joined the 56th Annual Hard Winter Wheat Tour which was coordinated by the Wheat Quality Council and opened on April 29 in Manhattan, Kansas.

The tour took three days, it started in Manhattan KS, on April 30th, and ended in Kansas City KS, on May 2nd. Tour participants included people from around the wheat industry such as growers, transportation, facility, shipping and exporting.

As Bryan left Manhattan KS on the first day, his group found some really good wheat fields in north central Kansas, with some fields projected to yield in the high 70s and low 80s (Bushels per acre). However, as they traveled towards Colby in northwest Kansas, the soil moisture profile got drier and drier- and projected yields dropped. Overall Bryan says the fields look poorer than previous year but the wheat plant is a tough plant, battling drought, frost, and wheat mites. Bryan’s group also noted some stem damage in some areas due to the freezing temperatures in early April. Some of the irrigated fields got hit harder by the freeze. In some areas the fields had patchy spots where wheat had died off completely. Of course everyone is anxious to see the final results on this year’s crop, but it will be a while before harvest and who knows what can happen between now and then. Bryan noted that his opinion as well as other participants on the tour, is that this year will hold lower yield numbers and will see about a 5% drop from last year. But only time will tell how much wheat makes it to harvest in Kansas this year.

Bryan also adds that the weather was horrible with heavy rain and wind as well as snow at times. What made it bareable Bryan adds “Kansas has some great BAR-B-Q!”. His group ended their field scouting with a lunch at Mays BBQ Bar, which is somewhat of a tradition for tour participants. Before leaving Bryan also visited the Kansas Board of Trade in Kansas City, and was able to watch the market close with very little action.

For more information a link is provided here to the Wheat Quality Council’s website.

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Written by cradut

May 8th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Protest on the river – Pro-union protesters set up river picket

From the Daily News online:
Pro-union protesters set up river picket at Port of Kalama

Pro-union protesters set up river picket at Port of Kalama
Boats block grain ship in response to lockout at Port of Vancouver

From Oregonlive:
Longshore protest boat violates safety zone at Port of Kalama, draws Coast Guard citation

Written by cradut

May 8th, 2013 at 12:44 am

Monday – May 6, 2013 – Dispute drags on as dockworkers protest lockout which has now spread across the river

From The Columbian: Judge delays civil suit over alleged sabotage at grain elevator – Delay will allow prosecutors to decide on criminal charges

Written by cradut

May 6th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

May 4, 2013 – Columbia Grain export terminal locks out longshore workers at the Port of Portland

Breaking News…from:
Columbia Grain export terminal locks out longshore workers at the Port of Portland

From Reuters: Columbia Grain locks out dockworkers in U.S. Pacific Northwest

From Yahoo news: Dockworkers protest Columbia Grain lockout in Oregon

Written by cradut

May 4th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

News updates from Port of Vancouver – U.G.C.

From The Columbian:United Grain, union trade charges
Company acknowledges that replacement workers are being used

From The Columbian: Police show up in force at Port of Vancouver

Written by cradut

May 3rd, 2013 at 3:06 pm