Low levels on the Mississippi River are causing problems for the nation’s largest ag cooperative. CHS CEO Jay Debertin tells Brownfield every shipper is lightening loads and progress is being slowed. “Because tugs and barges get hung up and it just takes a lot of time... Read More.
Record low water levels on the Mississippi River are weighing on the bottom line of farmers. American Soybean Association Vice President Daryl Cates farms near the river in Columbia, Illinois. He tells Brownfield if they don’t get significant moisture in the next few... Read More.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the biggest fallout from historically low Mississippi River levels could be the disruption to fertilizer shipments. Speaking with reporters this week, he said USDA is close to announcing a framework that would expand domestic supplies for the next crop... Read More.
Foreign buyers are acutely aware of the challenges U.S. exporters are facing. U.S. Soybean Export Council CEO Jim Sutter says the low Mississippi River levels and potential railroad strike have been well publicized. “And it’s a big deal. We’ve got water levels at some of... Read More.
A grain and oilseed specialist says the water levels in the Mississippi River are slowing down the export market significantly. Rabobank strategist Steve Nicholson tells Brownfield the impact is already being felt at the Gulf of Mexico ports with basis levels increasing above... Read More.
Grain elevators are making more space to hold commodities in anticipation of continued barge delays on the Mississippi River. In Silex, Missouri, Central Elevator is repairing and certifying older grain storage structures that haven’t been used in up to 10 years. General manager... Read More.
Mayors of towns along the Mississippi River are proposing improvements to national drought policy as they battle the worst drought in thirty years. Greenville, Mississippi Mayor Errick Simmons is co-chair of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI). He says the group has... Read More.
By Rick Peterson Jr., KSHSAA Covered DODGE CITY, Kan. – After dominating the first set, Little River found itself locked at a set apiece with Flinthills after the Mustangs swiped the momentum away in the Class 1A Division I volleyball final.
Low Mississippi River levels continue to complicate barge movement, but a principal atmospheric scientist says the levels need to return to normal slowly. Eric Snodgrass is also the senior science fellow with Nutrien Ag Solutions. “The biggest news in the midsection of the country is... Read More.
Basis prices are softening along the Mississippi as river levels dry up. University of Minnesota Extension grain market economist Ed Usset tells Brownfield the basis for corn at the Savage barge loading facility south of the Twin Cities is 25 cents below southwest Minnesota. “That should... Read More.
Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek says Mississippi River levels at Memphis, Tennessee continues to be a problem for barge movement. “You’re only as strong as your weakest link. You eventually have to pass through that constricted area. These challenges at one... Read More.
The manager of a grain cooperative on the Mississippi River says record low water levels have created an array of logistical challenges. “There is a real dislocation of where supplies are and where they need to get to.” Roger Hugenberg oversees Ursa Farmers Cooperative, with... Read More.