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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

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

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