Weekly Grain Barge Tonnages Decline

This article has been reprinted from the Aug. 9 USDA Grain Transportation Report.

For the week ending August 4, barge tonnages on the locking portions of the Mississippi, Ohio, and Arkansas rivers dropped 10 percent compared to the previous week.

Weekly corn tonnages dropped 6 percent while soybeans dropped 22 percent.

Mississippi River barge traffic was delayed in the St. Louis area, with on-going repair work at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, where the main chamber will be closed until August 10.

Traffic is passable through Melvin Price’s smaller auxiliary chamber, however, there are delays in the 2 to 4 day range.

Year-to-date corn barge shipments were 14.4 million tons, 5 percent lower than last year; soybean yearto-date tonnages were 7.1 million tons, 8 percent lower than last year.