Transportation demand for export grain has been strong in 2017, the U. In March, the USDA’s projected record grain production and harvest for this marketing year.
The USDA also reports that there are indications that this may continue at least through the first half of the year.
Grain barge traffic for May on the Upper Mississippi, Ohio, and Arkansas Rivers was 2.8 million tons, 16 percent lower than the 3-year average for May.
However, even with the less-than-ideal navigation conditions, current spot barge freight rates for export grain at principle origins remain 1 to 17 percent below the 3-year average for the end of May.
The links below contain the data used to create the tables and figures found in the USDA's Grain Transportation Report.