Major flood stages are now limiting barge movement for farmers in the Upper Midwest due to record snowfall in Minnesota. There are now lock closures along the Mississippi River. While heavy snowfall isn’t unexpected in the state, the city of Duluth saw more than 139 inches of snow and the Twin Cities saw more than 90 inches. For perspective, the annual average snowfall for the area is 51.2 inches.

Now, all locks from Lock 17 through Lock 3 will be closed and are expected to remain closed for around two weeks. More closures are expected until the river falls back to safe levels. While not welcome news, there isn’t much demand for soybean and corn movement from the upper Midwest this time of year. Between drought last year and flooded river banks this spring, there’s still optimism for a steadier flow of both water and barges come harvest.

Read more on Mississippi River flooding here.