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For the second year, Mississippi River levels have fallen low enough to impact grain shipments in the next crop marketing year. While August rains helped raise river levels, minimal precipitation in the forecast means little optimism for recovery.

Record low river levels last year could be repeated, fears Soy Transportation Coalition Director Mike Steenhoek. He says export impediments are always a concern, especially during high-yield years like 2023. Dredging will be essential for moving grain barges but will add to the overall shipment cost. The change ultimately results in fewer dollars in farmers’ pockets.

Read more on shipping challenges on the Mississippi River here.


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