This past fall, water levels were at a historically low point on the Mississippi and other rivers. This spring brought a barrage of moisture that is causing barge transportation challenges, due to high water levels. Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek says the seasonal swing is hard to keep up with. “It’s just a reminder of how dramatic the pendulum can swing with the waterway system.” Steenhoek says lock closures on the Upper Mississippi River are causing transportation delays for products like fertilizer. “We’re seeing restrictions on barge transportation due to high water levels and barge locks in Minneapolis/St. Paul through Iowa and Illinois.”
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