Current water levels of the Mississippi River are cause for concern once again this year. Barge companies have announced restrictions on the volume of freight they will load onto vessels. Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek says it’s an unfortunate repeat of 2022. “Eighty percent of soybean exports occur between the months of September and February,” said Steenhoek. “We really do need our supply chain to be operating on all cylinders.” Some areas of the Mississippi are lower now than they were this time last year which limits barge capacity and increases shipping costs. Steenhoek says those costs are often passed on to producers. For the full conversation with Mike Steenhoek, click here.
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