This article has been reprinted from the March 15, 2018 USDA Grain Transportation Report.
On March 9, 2018, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) announced the opening of the Mid-Mississippi River.
According to NGFA trade rules, the opening of the Mid-Mississippi River begins on “the first business day after the first empty dry cargo covered barge suitable for loading, originating at or below Winfield, MO, reaches Dubuque, Iowa.”
This is an annual announcement that is useful to the grain industry because it signifies the availability of grain for the barge market.
For additional information on current navigation conditions, see this week’s feature article.