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Friday, October 07, 2022

The unusually low water level in the lower Mississippi River is causing barges to get stuck ...

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...Lack of rainfall in recent weeks has left the Mississippi River approaching record low levels in some areas from Missouri south through Louisiana. The U.S. Coast Guard said at least eight "groundings" of barges have been reported in the past week, despite low-water restrictions on barge loads....

Nearly all of the Mississippi River basin, from Minnesota through Louisiana, has seen below-normal rainfall since late August. The basin from St. Louis south has been largely dry for three months, according to the National Weather Service.

The timing is bad because barges are busy carrying recently harvested corn and soybeans up and down the river.

Lucy Fletcher of the agricultural retailer AGRIServices of Brunswick, who serves on the board for the St. Louis-based trade association Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, said navigation woes on the Mississippi, Missouri and other major rivers have some shippers looking at other means of transportation.

"Can they divert to rail?" Fletcher asked. "Well, there's not an abundance of rail availability. And usually people are booking their transportation for fall early in the season. So if they haven't booked that freight already, you're going to see people in dire straits."

Fletcher said that with the supply chain still snagged following the COVID-19 pandemic, trucks also are largely booked and unavailable....

Matt Ziegler, manager of public policy and regulatory affairs for the National Corn Growers Association, said about 20% of the corn crop is exported, and nearly two-thirds of those exports typically travel down the Mississippi River on barges before being sent out of New Orleans.

"It's certainly the worst time possible for these bad conditions," Ziegler said....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-10-06 04:03 PM | Reply

Start paying railway fees.

#2 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-10-07 10:46 AM | Reply

Gosh if only people had warned us that ignoring climate change for decades would create massive financial costs or something...

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-10-07 03:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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