KANSAS CITY — Inspections of corn, wheat and soybeans for export from all major US exporting regions totaled 824,000 tonnes in the week ended Sept. 9. Though inspections were up 2% from the previous week, the total was 75% lower compared with the same week in 2020 and down 66% from the three-year average, the US Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) said in its latest grain transportation report.

Total inspections were the lowest on record since early January 2019. The sharp decline came in the second week following Hurricane Ida’s landfall just south of New Orleans on Aug. 29, which wreaked havoc on the Mississippi River shipping channel at the center Gulf and damaged several terminal grain elevators.

Inspections of wheat that were up 33% and soybeans up 16% from the previous week were more than offset by a 50% drop in corninspections. Corn shipments were down, primarily to Asia, the AMS said.  There…

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