Early September Corn Barge Traffic at Mississippi River Locks 27 Dominated by Upbound Traffic.
Date Posted: September 12, 2013
This article is reprinted from the USDA's Sept. 5 Grain Transportation Report.
For the 5-week period from August 4 to September 7, 196,000 tons of upbound corn barges transited Mississippi River Locks 27 (near St. Louis, MO) — 24 percent higher than the amount of upbound corn during the similar period in August –September 2012.
During the week ending September 7, 113,300 tons of upbound corn was reported at Locks 27, this is significantly higher than the Locks 27 downbound corn tonnage of 36,000 tons.
Upbound corn barge movements indicate new crop being delivered to areas with supply shortages.
Higher upbound corn tonnages as compared to downbound tonnages were reported at Mississippi River Locks 15, 25, 26, Illinois River Lock & Dam 8, and Ohio River Locks & Dam 52.
Barge operators have reported barge rate increases in recent weeks as low water conditions are returning to the river, and many operators are light loading barges to avoid unsafe navigation.
For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.