Low river levels affect MO farmers differently

Missouri’s Agriculture Director says record low Mississippi River levels are affecting producers across the state differently.

Chris Chinn says farmers in northeastern Missouri are finding other markets for corn and soybeans at harvest.

“There’s quite a few ethanol plants, so there is competition for the corn. There’s also quite a few feed mills in the northern part of the state so they’re less dependent on the navigation of the river.”

Chinn recently traveled to the Missouri Bootheel and says the prices for commodities along the river look different than usual.

“The price of corn in the Bootheel was lower than the price of corn in northern Missouri. Very rarely does that happen.”

Bootheel farmers have told Brownfield there’s more grain going into storage this fall as a result. Chinn says barges can’t be loaded at full capacity right now and upcoming rains will be welcome, but more moisture will be needed to fully replenish the river system.  

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