Farmers and consumers will feel the effects of the Mississippi River’s low levels

Conditions along the Mississippi River continue to deteriorate, according to Soy Transportation Coalition’s Mike Steenhoek.

He says the barge and towing industry has a 25 barge maximum tow size south of St. Louis. On a normal day, a single tow can have 30-40 barges.

He says the costs associated with shipping soybeans has skyrocketed 218 percent in the last year. Currently, one ton of soybeans cost more than $90. One year earlier, the same shipment was about $28.

He says ultimately, this will result in money lost for the farmers and higher costs passed on to the consumer.