Upper Midwest flooding impacts on ag supply chain

Impacts of flooding in the Upper Midwest could be felt by the ag supply chain for some time to come.

Mike Steenhoek with the Soy Transportation Coalition says while damage is being assessed, what’s been seen so far is cause for concern.

“Some of these rural roads and bridges, obviously the BNSF Railway bridge by Sioux City that has partially collapsed (is) a very poignant example of that. But then it extends to swollen rivers.”

He tells Brownfield this isn’t a busy time for soybean exports, but there’s still a lot of soybean and grain movement within the system.

“If you all of a sudden have an interruption of service in one particular area, well all of that freight has to be diverted elsewhere. And we’re seeing that with BNSF Railway, you’re having all of that traffic having to be diverted away from that collapsed bridge.”

Steenhoek says that results in a greater concentration of freight, increasing the likelihood of congestion, less reliable service, and more expensive shipping.

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