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Rain affecting ag transportation

Parts of the inland waterway system have gone from low water to mild flooding.  Mike Steenhoek with the Soy Transportation Coalition tells Brownfield having too much water also affects barge traffic. “You really need to make sure that when the current picks up and it can become more turbulent, that you don’t lose control of that vessel.”

Steenhoek says some of the barge companies are using fewer barges in a tow in some areas. “You’re seeing it a bit on the Illinois River. You’re seeing it also on the Mississippi River, particularly when you get to St. Louis on south. The river gauge at St. Louis has increased pretty considerably over the last couple of weeks in particular.”

Steenhoek says soybean shipments are not greatly affected by high waters right now as shipments are more frequent from fall through the first two months of the year but says some corn export shipments are impacted as those are more evenly distributed throughout the year.

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