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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
http://www.americanshipper.com/main/news/bad-weather-delays-grain-ships-on-columbia-river-66942.aspx?source=Little4

Export grain buyers shifting to Gulf ports as PNW delays persist
http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/freight/class-i/export-grain-buyers-shifting-to-gulf-ports-as-pnw-delays-persist.html

Written by cradut

March 18th, 2017 at 5:15 am

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; http://www.uswheat.org/

Written by cradut

November 12th, 2014 at 11:40 pm