Transportation
Infrastructure

Dredging Project Readies Mississippi River for Efficient Soy Transportation

Paul Murphy-SpoonerAug 3, 2020

United Soybean Board-funded research is used to inform a dredging project in the Mississippi River, which will improve freight-based transportation of soybeans and create a…

Infrastructure

Barge Market Update

Alan BarrettJul 23, 2020

The Inland Mississippi River System, an important aspect of the U.S. transportation system, helps to ensure the reliable supply of U.S. Soy.

Infrastructure

The Resilience of U.S. Soy Trade in Uncertain Times

Eric WoodieJun 15, 2020

The U.S. soy trade is resilient, says Eric Woodie, trade analyst for the Illinois Soybean Association, pointing to reliable supply and transportation.

Exports

Delivery Process Helps Get U.S. Soy to Buyers

Alan BarrettMay 13, 2020

This piece explains the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT)’s delivery process.

Planting

Soybean Seed Transportation Logistics Adapt During Pandemic

USSEC Staff WriterMay 12, 2020

Airlines ensure timely transportation of soybean seed to the U.S. to be planted during the 2020 season during the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak.

Exports

Grains Go With The Flow: U.S. Inland Waterway System Operating Normally During COVID-19

U.S. Grains CouncilMay 11, 2020

The U.S. continues to ship agricultural commodities via waterways, including a reliable supply of soybeans, during the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.

Exports

Railways Keep U.S. Grains Chugging Down the Track to Export Market

U.S. Grains CouncilApr 16, 2020

The U.S. continues to ship agricultural commodities via railways, including a reliable supply of soybeans and soy products, during the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.

Infrastructure

La Nina Increasing Transportation Challenges

Alan BarrettApr 15, 2020

Doane’s Alan Barrett examines how La Nina could potentially affect the U.S. soy industry this year.

Infrastructure

Flooding Concerns to Remain into Planting Season

Alan BarrettApr 10, 2020

U.S. soybean farmers deal with flooding each spring, primarily along the Red, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers.

Exports

U.S. Ag Exports Continue During Pandemic

USSEC Staff WriterApr 7, 2020

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has slowed many industries in recent months. But U.S. farmers continue to grow a reliable supply of agricultural commodities – including…

Infrastructure

Despite IMO, Ocean Freight Rates to Remain Below $50 per Metric Ton

Alan BarrettMar 16, 2020

Lower barge and ocean freight rates could be beneficial to the U.S. soy industry.

Infrastructure

Barge Industry Consolidation

Alan BarrettFeb 18, 2020

Barge industry consolidation will affect the U.S. soy industry in 2020.

Transportation

Minimum Freight Rates Increasing 11% to 15%

Alan BarrettFeb 12, 2020

One of the most provocative items in determining the minimum freight rate (MFRT) was the fact that it must provide a “livable just wage” for…

Exports

Paving of BR-163 Improves Brazil Northern Arc Ports

Alan BarrettFeb 7, 2020

Improvements to Brazilian infrastructure could potentially affect the U.S. soy industry.

Transportation

Brazil’s Minimum Freight Rates are Being Negotiated

Alan BarrettDec 18, 2019

Approximately 60% of corn and soybeans in Brazil is transported by truck from origin to destination. As a result, truck freight rates play a major…

Transportation

IMO 2020 Regulation Could Increase Diesel Cost

Alan BarrettNov 18, 2019

For agriculture, fuel cost is extremely important because it factors into the farming operation’s profit as a direct cost, derived cost, and transportation cost. The…

Transportation

IMO 2020 Regulation Could Increase Diesel Cost

Alan BarrettSep 20, 2019

In 1973, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) enacted regulations to reduce pollution from marine and shipping operations. The International Maritime Organization’s new regulations (IMO 2020)…

Transportation

Truck Capacity Availability Improving in 2019

Alan BarrettAug 16, 2019

American Trucking Associations (ATA) estimates the U.S. has approximately 3.5 million Class 8 trucks dispatched by over 210,000 trucking companies transporting 16.18 billion tons of…

Transportation

Dry Barge Fleet Consolidation

Alan BarrettAug 9, 2019

Over the near term, the U.S. Coast Guard, due to flood conditions, has reduced barge tow configurations from St. Louis, Missouri to the Gulf, which…

Transportation

River Elevator Swap Limits Competition

Alan BarrettAug 6, 2019

Illinois farmers are fortunate to have six options at harvest. The farmers can deliver directly to a soybean crushing facility, shuttle elevator, river elevator, container…

Transportation

Despite River Constraints, Barge Rates Normal

Alan BarrettJul 24, 2019

Crop barge capacity is the number of covered barges in the fleet multiplied by the number of times the barge can be loaded minus other…

Transportation

Weaker Currency Offsetting Higher Brazilian Truck Freight Rates

Alan BarrettJul 2, 2019

One factor that will eventually help U.S. soybean farmers obtain a higher soybean price is higher Brazilian truck freight rates increasing the Brazilian soybean port…

Transportation

Soybeans Trapped in Upper Mississippi River Region

Alan BarrettJun 11, 2019

As of June 1, no crop volume has transversed Lock 15 at the Quad Cities. Even in 1993, the average water level was below flood…

Transportation

The Importance of Mississippi River to U.S. Farmers

Alan BarrettMay 21, 2019

The inland Mississippi River system plays a major role in transporting commodities; especially soybeans and corn. Approximately 60 percent of all grain inspected is exported…

Transportation

Flooding Shows Value of U.S. Infrastructure

Alan BarrettMay 18, 2019

The Army Corps reported Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 15 Rock Island crested at 22.7 feet, a record high in the Quad Cities representing…

Infrastructure

Upper Mississippi River Closing Extended as Flooding Continues

Alan BarrettMay 13, 2019

Farmers and merchandisers located in areas at flood levels that needed to market crops in March and April have been harmed by the limitations placed…

Transportation

Transportation Infrastrucuture Projects Improving the Environment

Alan BarrettApr 22, 2019

Transportation infrastructure projects reduce congestion and improve efficiency, which improves economic returns, reduces traffic related deaths, limits environmental impacts and reduces government expenditures.  Often when…

Transportation

Transportation Infrastructure Projects Improving Safety

Alan BarrettMar 30, 2019

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) has demonstrated in reports the benefits of improved environmental and safety conditions with a better transportation system. This is…

Transportation

River Conditions Impact the Movement of U.S. Soybeans

Alan BarrettMar 1, 2019

The inland Mississippi River system plays a major role in transporting commodities, especially soybeans. The inland Mississippi River system is comprised of navigable waterways that…

Transportation

The Potential Impact of 5 Feet on the Mississippi River

Ken EriksenFeb 17, 2019

Dredging the lower Mississippi from 45 to 50 feet could get soybeans to market in larger, more cost-effective shipments that accommodate larger global ports, says…

Transportation

Increasing Demand for U.S. Soybeans in Container Shipments

Rob HatchettFeb 14, 2019

An aggregation of historical Federal Grain Inspections Services (FGIS) data shows that non-Chinese buyers have shown a growing preference for receiving U.S. soybeans in container…

Transportation

High Waters Slow U.S. Grain Movement to the Gulf

Rob HatchettFeb 2, 2019

According to Federal Grain Inspections Service (FGIS) data, 48.1 percent of grain inspected for export in 2018 left via the Mississippi River. The percentage of…

Transportation

Consistent Supply Puts U.S. Soy in Demand

Chris KrullOct 3, 2018

When delays of just days can result in big costs, U.S. soy customers buy for reliable supply Supply isn’t sexy. Steve Jobs isn’t remembered for…

Infrastructure

U.S. Soy’s Transportation Costs: A Competitive Advantage

Chris KrullMay 5, 2018

Thanks to our more efficient infrastructure of highways, rivers, rails and ports, it is far less expensive to ship soybeans from the United States than…

Infrastructure

U.S. Infrastructure is a Smooth, Efficient, Operating System

Jayne GodfreyApr 10, 2018

Jay O’Neil is a senior agricultural economist and instructor with the International Grains Program (IGP) at Kansas State University. With 43 years of experience in…

Exports

STC Looks North of the Border to Ship Soybeans

Matthew WildeMar 4, 2018

When it comes to exports, farmers don’t want to put all their soybeans in one or even a few baskets. Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) leaders…

Conservation Tillage

Farming is More than a Job – It’s a Way of Life for U.S. Soybean Growers

Lisa HumphreysJan 23, 2018

Sustainable practices help U.S. soybean farmers produce more soybeans on less land while reducing harmful emissions and soil erosion. These videos, narrated in English, Mandarin,…

Buyers

U.S. Transportation System: Delivering Quality Soy

USB Staff WriterDec 10, 2017

U.S. Soy has a leg up on the competition because of our robust transportation infrastructure – and we can use that advantage to better meet…

Transportation

Soybeans on the Move

Matthew WildeNov 10, 2017

Reliability, sustainability, and superior quality make up the U.S. Soy Advantage. One example of U.S. soy’s reliability is its capability to get soybeans to market…

Infrastructure

ERIC POWELL, Importance of Reliable Container Transportation and Reliable Infrastructure

Lisa HumphreysAug 1, 2017

Eric Powell, manager, intermodal and economic development, Indiana Railroad Company, spoke about the importance of reliable container transportation and a reliable infrastructure at the 2016…

Quality

STEVE FORD, 2016 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange Speaker

Jen Del CarmenMay 25, 2017

Steve Ford, president of Stonebridge, Ltd., was a featured speaker at the 2016 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ford spoke about 2016…

Transportation

KEN ERIKSEN, 2015 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange Speaker

Jen Del CarmenMay 1, 2017

The continuous improvement of infrastructure is critical to the U.S. Soy industry. At the 2015 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange, Ken Eriksen spoke to U.S.…

Buyers

DAVID IVERSON, Soybean farmer from South Dakota

David IversonFeb 17, 2017

South Dakota soybean farmer, David Iverson, talks about the importance of international markets to U.S. soy

Exports

Transportation: U.S. versus Brazil

USB Staff WriterJan 6, 2016

How Brazil's infrastructure makes delivery costly and unsustainable

Economics

Brazilian Soybean Boom Continues Despite Challenges

USB Staff WriterNov 17, 2015

Pluses and minuses of growing soybeans in Brazil, compared with the U.S. Brazilian soybean farmers are expected to plant a record soybean crop this year,…