For the week ending March 6, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major port regions reached 2.41 million metric tons (mmt), down 7 percent from the previous week, up 47 percent from last year and 6 percent above the 3-year average. 

Strong demand for U.S. grain has pushed weekly grain inspections above the 3-year average since January 30. Total corn (.914 mmt) and wheat (.428 mmt) inspections receded from the previous week, but soybean inspections (1.07 mmt) increased 12 percent, as shipments to Asia remained strong. Soybean inspections accounted for 58 percent of total grain inspected in the Pacific Northwest. Outstanding export sales (unshipped) of grain increased for corn but decreased for wheat and soybeans