Soybeans on the Move

Matthew Wilde

Matthew Wilde

DTN Progressive Farmer

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 in a timely manner.

No news is good news for transporting soybeans to market.

A crew works to move a barge through Lock and Dam No. 12 near Bellevue, Iowa recently. Mike Steenhoek, STC executive director, said that transportation elements supporting the 2017 harvest have run smoothly so far. (Photo: Joseph Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

There are a sufficient number of barges, trains, trucks and ships to get a projected record soybean crop to processors and customers abroad. Currently, few bottlenecks exist among the multiple modes of transportation to impede delivery and harvest, according to Mike Steenhoek, Soy Transportation Coalition executive director.

Cooperatives and processors report farmers have elected to store crops and the transportation system is performing reasonably well. That combination has limited the number of chokepoints in the journey of soybeans and grain to domestic and international customers.

“So far, it’s pretty fluid,” Steenhoek said. “For Iowa farmers, there are no major hiccups on the inland waterways or anywhere along the system.”

As harvest approached, there was plenty to worry about.