This article has been reprinted from the May 9 USDA Grain Transportation Report.

For the week ending May 2, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major U.S. export regions reached 2.10 million metric tons (mmt).

The amount indicates an 18 percent decrease from the previous week, an 18 percent decrease from last year, and a 10 percent decrease from the 3-year average.

The decrease in inspections was driven by a 26 percent drop in wheat inspections and a 29 percent drop in corn inspections.

Soybean inspections, however, continued to increase; rising 18 percent from week to week.

Pacific Northwest (PNW) grain inspections decreased 22 percent from the previous week, and Mississippi Gulf grain inspections decreased 21 percent.