U.S grain shipments are being hampered by the flooding along the Mississippi River at a critical time. Eighty-percent of U.S. soybeans, for example, are shipped from September through February. Mike Steenhoek, director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, says a five-mile stretch of the river near St. Louis is closed and there will still be issues even if it’s reopened soon.
Steenhoek tells Brownfield, “You have to keep in mind that it’ll take several weeks for the water that’s currently in the Upper Mississippi River basin to work its way down south and finally get expelled from the Gulf of Mexico. So, this is going to be something that’s going to be with us for a number of weeks.”
AUDIO: Interview with Mike Steenhoek on December 30, 2015