Grain Barge Tonnages Up Despite High Water Conditions on Upper Mississippi River

This article has been reprinted from the July 12 USDA Grain Transportation Report.

For the week ending July 7, corn barge tonnages on the locking portions of the Mississippi, Ohio, and Arkansas rivers were 771 thousand tons, 25 percent higher than last week.

Soybean tonnages were 300 thousand tons, 20 percent higher than last week.

The increases occurred despite high water conditions on the Upper Mississippi River.

Weekly wheat barge tonnages have been increasing for four weeks, mostly from wheat shipments originating on the Ohio and Arkansas rivers.

Ohio River shippers can expect delays, beginning with the week of July 8, when on-going repair work at Locks and Dam 52 will disrupt traffic.