Steel and Wheels to Dollars and Cents

How the U.S. transportation system affects your bottom line Mike Appert is enjoying one the best harvests he’s ever had. But his excitement doesn’t last long because he knows he’ll get much less for this crop than he could have in previous years. On top of soybean prices sitting at four-year lows, his basis will

Panama Canal – More Exports, More Profit

Channel, harbor, port, and lock-and-dam improvements are expected as a result of the recently signed Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). These structural upgrades are a critical step in enabling U.S. soybean farmers to take full advantage of an expansion to the Panama Canal, expected to be complete next year. Larger ships will be

Farmers Need Railroads for Long-Distance Transportation

Rail transportation of soybeans by the numbers Our nation’s freight-rail industry provides efficient and reliable transportation between areas of soybean production and areas of consumption. Whether for livestock production in the southwestern United States or for export via the Pacific Northwest, railroads often provide the long-haul movement that allows the soybean industry to be profitable.

Barges Remain Efficient Transportation Mode

Water transportation of soybeans by the numbers For much of the key soybean-growing regions of the country, barge transportation is the most economical and efficient mode for transporting soybeans to export terminals. The Mississippi Gulf region accounts for 58 percent of U.S. soybean exports. Approximately 89 percent of soybeans exported from that region arrive via

Transportation’s Role in U.S. Soy Exports

The U.S. transportation system plays a big part in export opportunities. Some importers prefer to buy U.S. soy over soy from South America due to the United States’ reliable and timely shipments, according to a recent checkoff-funded study. In order to maintain that advantage, key U.S. soy industry stakeholders discuss below why investment in the

U.S. Soy on the Move

Throughout soybean harvest here in the United States, soybean farmers are making decisions on where to move this year’s crop. Three out of every four bushels harvested will go from the field to either on-farm storage or to the local elevator. The remaining 25 percent go directly to processors or export. All of these movements

Soy Buyers Prefer Predictability of U.S. Shipments

Soy checkoff study compares cost, transit times of soy shipments from U.S., Brazil, Argentina ST. LOUIS (October 2, 2014) – Some international buyers prefer U.S. soy to that from top competitors Brazil and Argentina because they can count on it reaching them in a timely manner, according to a new soy-checkoff-funded study. In fact, foreign

Export Terminals Improving to Keep Up with Export Demand

Soy Transportation Coalition sees improvements in Pacific Northwest infrastructure Twenty-five percent of all U.S. soybeans are exported through Pacific Northwest ports; a majority of these beans eventually make their way to China. And with China’s seemingly insatiable appetite for soy continuing to increase, these ports are staying on the cutting edge of technology to make

Rail Investment Keeps U.S. Soy Competitive

Fertile soils in the heart of America – this is where farmers grow a majority of the nation’s soybeans. But with more than half the crop going to international customers every year, farmers’ ability to transport these soybeans thousands of miles to the coast for export is just as important as their ability to grow