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Port of Baltimore shipping channels reopen

Shipping channels have fully reopened at the Port of Baltimore following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in March. Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, says while the port is not significant for the movement of soybeans and grain,... Read More.

Upper Mississippi locks almost ready for shipping season

The upper Mississippi River will be open to shipping in less than two weeks. Patrick Moes with the St. Paul District of the Army Corps of Engineers tells Brownfield there were four winter maintenance projects.  He says Lock and Dam #2 in Hastings, Minnesota,... Read More.

Panama Canal shipping issues continue

An ag transportation expert says the drought situation along the Panama Canal could become the top challenge facing the U.S. grain export system in 2024. Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, says water levels remain very low. “You’re seeing more and... Read More.

Middle East shipping disruptions could ignite fertilizer prices

A combustible situation in the Middle East could ignite fertilizer prices. StoneX vice president of fertilizer Josh Linville says following a missile attack on a British container vessel transporting fertilizer in the waters of the Red Sea, ships are being rerouted. “Those vessels are deciding... Read More.

Diverted shipping routes are changing trade flows

The chief economist for the National Grain and Feed Association says he’s watching how global agricultural trade routes are shifting because of political unrest. Max Fisher tells Brownfield shipping through the Suez Canal is diverting to safer regions to avoid the Middle East. “It’s adding... Read More.

Global shipping delays will affect fertilizer prices

A fertilizer market expert says shipping delays due to rising tensions in the Middle East will likely raise the price of urea and phosphate. Josh Linville with StoneX Group says few fertilizer shipments are going through the Suez Canal. Instead, the ships are taking... Read More.

Suez Canal attacks add to shipping challenges

The chief commodities economist with StoneX Group says attacks to ships in a major global shipping channel are a hurdle for any U.S. agricultural exports enroute to southeast Asia. Arlan Suderman says the ships with grain that usually travel through the Panama Canal have... Read More.