Low river levels delaying delivery for some farmers

A farmer in northeast Arkansas says the low river levels on the Mississippi River will likely force him to store grain a little longer.

Derek Haigwood says he’s only delivered the grain that he had booked. “Our grain bins are going to be completely full,” he says. “When the Mississippi gets up, we’ll start hauling to the river.”

He tells Brownfield the wide basis isn’t a huge concern for him right now. “But what we didn’t get booked, we’ll just sit on it until we can move them to Memphis,” he says. “We thank the good Lord we’ve got grain bins and we’ve got the capacity to hold a large amount.”

Haigwood says it is a much more efficient use of time for his operation to store grain right at harvest and deliver later, allowing them to avoid long wait times in line.

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