Three Years In A Row Of Low Flow: Drought may threaten shipping in the Mississippi Valley

It is not a given yet, but the shipping of fertilizer to the north and grain and oilseed crops to the south could be impacted yet again due to drought.

USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey says that it is the third year in a row for concerns.

“Given some of these antecedent conditions, drought in the upper Midwest and long-term drought looking further back, there is at least, some risk that we could see low flows in some of our key watershed areas of the Mississippi and extending into the navigable waters of the middle and lower Mississippi Valley and the lower Ohio Valley,” Rippey explains.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that nowhere in the
U.S. is expected to see major spring river flooding this season.
The mid-south and southeast could see moderate flooding and the plains could see minor events.