Barge movement on the Mississippi River system has been slowed by high water. DTN Cash Grains Analyst Mary Kennedy said movement has been a mess since December. “There’s been lots of problems south of St. Louis all winter. Now, the fresh flood waters will add to the trouble with any rain we get.” Kennedy said basis levels along the river have been weak. “There were issues with ice on on the Illinois River in January. Now, with the high water, the barges can’t get under the spouts to load. We’ve seen barge freight spike a little bit for barges in the area of these river terminals that can still load, but the basis has reflected the high water situation.”
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