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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

High yields not enough storage space

Written by cradut

November 18th, 2016 at 7:31 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

FGIS Reauthorization Update

The several months-long process of reviewing, updating, improving and finally reauthorizing the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA) in the U.S. inspection system came to a close at the end of September, with the President’s signing of the Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015. This was a very important outcome for U.S. exports, as the USGSA enables USDA to develop standards and procedures for grain inspection. From what we can tell so far is that the wheat growers and the industry in general is pleased by this action.

For your further information please check out the links below for recent news articles.

Congress approves bill to reauthorize grain inspections



Written by cradut

October 14th, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Vomitoxin in Wheat – 2015

If you have been dealing with DNS wheat this year chances are that you are aware of the Vomitoxin (DON) problems that have plagued growers, export terminals and shippers alike. This has been a frustrating issue because you cannot just blend your higher DON cargo with that of lesser DON and call it good, the problem is a little more complex.

There are some recent articles about this that you can click on to find out more information about this.

From KXN News – Minot ND



Written by cradut

October 4th, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Highlights of 2014 U.S. Crop Quality Report – Transportation

HARD RED SPRING – a specialty wheat grown primarily in the Northern Plains of the United States – stands out as the main U.S. wheat product. The high protein content and superior gluten quality of hard red spring wheat make it ideal for use in some of the world’s finest baked goods.

According to the 2014 U.S. Crop Quality Report – The 2014 U.S. Hard red spring wheat crop is 14% larger than 2013 due to higher planted area and excellent yields. Yields were record to near record high in the Northern Plains region, benefiting from above average moisture and a cool summer. In the Pacific Northwest, dry and hot conditions reduced yields, but also promoted favorable harvest conditions.

All this high yielding crop has to move across the globe to reach end users and without a reliable transportation system it would be impossible.

The hard red spring wheat growing region utilizes truck, rail and water to get wheat from farms to export facilities. The Northern Plains has a vast network of country elevators to facilitate efficient and precise movement to domestic and export markets. On average, nearly 80 percent of the region’s wheat moves to markets by rail. The dominant railroads are the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, the Union Pacific and the Canadian Pacific.

In the Pacific Northwest, a large river system is used along with rail to move wheat to export points.
An increasing number of the elevators in the region are investing in facilities and rail capacity to ship 100 – 110 car units in “shuttle” trains. Each rail car holds approximately 3,500 bushels (95 metric tons) of wheat. Shuttle-equipped facilities receive the lowest rates, sharing volume and transaction efficiency with the railroad. The diverse rail and water shipping capacities and a widespread network of elevators are strengths that buyers can capitalize on, especially as their demand heightens for more precise quality specifications and consistency between shipments. Buyers are encouraged to explore origin-specific shipments to optimize the quality and value of wheat they purchase.

The elevator network in the U.S. hard red spring wheat region is well suited for meeting the increasing quality demands of both domestic and international customers.

This information was compiled from the 2014 U.S. Hard Red Spring Wheat – Regional Quality Report and U.S. Wheat Associates Wheat Letter. For more information please visit the U.S. Wheat Associates website at;

Written by cradut

November 12th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

TEMCO Kalama Grain Terminal update

TEMCO Kalama, WA has been under construction for an expansion project which is nearing completion. For more information click on below link.


Written by cradut

October 31st, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Requests for ILWU-PMA deal

After about 2 years (18 months by my count) of port lock-out and protests the situation at PNW ports has gotten better. As previous posts indicate the ILWU vote ended the contract stalemate at Northwest grain terminals and the transition has been relatively smooth from what I’ve seen and heard on the waterfront, during the last couple of months. All the components of grain loading are coming together, or so it seems. We are hoping things will continue working well.

Written by cradut

October 21st, 2014 at 4:02 pm

PNW Export Terminals Update

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

According to news release grain loading longshore workers have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. After more than a year ILWU members resumed their work at PNW facilities today, Wednesday August 27, 2014. Below links to recent news articles.

ILWU Workers Ratify Agreement

Spent grains: Longshore vote ends contract stalemate at Northwest grain terminals

Written by cradut

August 27th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

New Development – Tentative deal reached in PNW Grain Negotiations – Grain Inspections Resume

From The
Tentative agreement reached in NW grain terminal dispute

With grain shipments delayed, pressure mounted for longshore union, United Grain to reach deal

From Tri-City Herald
Grain inspections resume at Port of Vancouver

Written by cradut

August 13th, 2014 at 4:25 am