Mighty Mississippi Rolling Along

Cindy Zimmerman 2 Comments

bargesAt the beginning of this year, closing the Mississippi River to barge traffic as a result of low water levels was a very real possibility, but that crisis has been averted thanks to some Army Corps of Engineers work.

“There was an emergency move by the Army Corps of Engineers to blast rocks out of the river floor at Thebes and Grant Tower, Illinois,” said Tracy Mack, director of bulk and packaged goods logistics for GROWMARK. “That added about two feet to the navigable channel between Memphis and St. Louis.”

gmk-mackThat project was complete by the beginning of February, sooner than expected, and some timely rains also helped. “Because of the recent rains and the forecast rain right now, we’re not in imminent danger of closure,” Tracy said. “It’s looking that we have enough water to get us through the month of March at least if drought continues.”

It was a different situation when Tracy was a guest on the AgFanatics podcast in early January so he is glad it has improved.

Listen to my interview with Tracy here: GROWMARK's Tracy Mack

Agribusiness, Audio, Farming, Fertilizer, GROWMARK

Comments 2

    1. Chuck

      Logan, how do you know that? I would dispute what I think is an assumption on your part. Farmers I know, especially along rivers like the Missouri or Mississippi, pay very close attention to this. It is vital to their business. Just look at the work farmer member organizations like the National Corn Growers Association or American Soybean Association do on this subject from an educational standpoint as well as research of their own. I’d point to other organizations like the Conservation Technology Information Center which conducts watershed research along with local government agencies that include volunteer farmer involvement with some of that research being done right on their farms.

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