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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

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

Rail grain rules not tough enough, Saskatchewan and Alberta say

From CBCnews
Rail grain rules not tough enough, Saskatchewan and Alberta say

Written by cradut

March 19th, 2014 at 6:48 pm