Mississippi River’s low levels could be problematic as harvest continues

While water levels along the mighty Mississippi are better than this time last year, they are still low, and it could lead to trade issues down the line.

The National Weather Service says levels at Memphis and St. Louis are around 3-5 feet above zero gauges, but they anticipate those numbers to fall as the season moves along. USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub says right now is a time of year when there is not a lot of flow.

El Nino could help down the line but it is not an overnight fix. They warn this could impact ag trade as the crops begin leaving the fields. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to dredge in order to help keep barges moving.