Up and Down: Mississippi River levels are low once again!
After improving earlier this year, Mississippi River levels are low once again.
Levels are expected to drop to ten feet at the Cairo Bridge in Illinois.
A hydrologist with the National Weather Service says that we cannot rely on El Nino to fix the problem, as the impact of the system will vary.
Mary Lamm says that she expects river levels to mirror those of the record drought in 2012.
Right now, the Soy Transportation Coalition says that there are no major delays to grain movement but it is something they are closely monitoring.
On the southern half of the river, there is progress on a project to improve the efficiency of ag exports.
The Army Corps of Engineers is deepening more than 250 miles of the Mississippi from Baton Rouge to the gulf waters, with a goal of getting it to 50 feet to allow ships to carry heavier loads.
This part of the river moves more than half of U.S. corn and soybean exports. The Soy Checkoff invested $2 million dollars in the project, as it will mean a decline in soybean shipping costs.
Work should be completed by 2050.