The Environment

In response to historic levels of flooding in Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa, the Coast Guard has closed a 70-mile section of the Missouri River to ensure the safety of navigation. Flooding on the Illinois River has shut down two locks to marine traffic, and transit on the Mississippi River is restricted to daylight hours only for downbound traffic between St. Louis and Thebes, Illinois, according to American Commercial Barge Lines. The stretch between Memphis and Vicksburg has a similar restriction in place for southbound traffic.

According to farm industry publications, these limits are interfering with the shipping of materials needed for the spring planting, including fertilizer. At the other end, outbound grain shipments have been slowed by about 20 percent in New Orleans due to fog, high water and rain, according to USDA. Read on.

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