A large portion of the Mississippi River system is shut down due to high water. It may be another two weeks before the Mississippi River crests from Quincy, Illinois to Muscatine, Iowa. Upper River Services President Lee Nelson says that means the next 500 miles on the river system will remain closed for most of April. “I have every reason to believe this will be the second latest opening,” said Nelson. “It sure looks like it will be the last ten days of April before we see the system gets completely charged.” These delays on the Mississippi River will impact fertilizer supplies across the Upper Midwest. “I know there are 125 loads of fertilizer waiting and poised just below these locks that need to get up through the system. It’ll be a six-day run once those locks open down south to get it to St. Paul.”
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