This article has been reprinted from the May 16 USDA Grain Transportation Report.

For the week ending May 9, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major U.S. export regions reached 2.41 million metric tons (mmt).

This amount signifies a 12 percent increase from the previous week, a 13 percent decrease from last year, and a 4 percent increase from the 3-year average.

Increased grain inspections were mainly caused by a 57 percent jump in inspections of wheat.

Weekly inspections of wheat reached a high of .887 mmt for the year, with shipments increasing to Africa and Asia.

Corn inspections increased 2 percent, while soybean inspections decreased 15 percent, from week to week.

Total inspections of grain increased 38 percent in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and 4 percent in the Mississippi Gulf region.