Contributors

Alan Barrett

Director of Consulting
Doane Advisory Services

Exports

Flooding Concerns Remain for Next Couple of Months

Alan BarrettApr 1, 2020

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the 2020 National Hydrologic Assessment report, which provides an extended forecast for water related issues. For farmers…

Exports

Safe Soybeans, Hazards to Crew: How COVID-19 is Impacting Trade

Alan BarrettMar 28, 2020

ProFarmer and Hellenic Shipper News reported that China’s soymeal futures are increasing as soybean crushers suspended operations due to a shortage of soybeans as the…

Infrastructure

Barge Industry Consolidation

Alan BarrettMar 17, 2020

As predicted last year, the oversupply of barges and higher operational costs are taking a toll on barge companies and have led to American Commercial…

Infrastructure

Upper Mississippi River Set to Open in March

Alan BarrettMar 10, 2020

With the near record low barge rates, the barge industry is looking for some good news. The rivergage forecast for Lock and Dam 15 (Rock…

Infrastructure

Panama Canal Authority Announces Permanent Freshwater Surcharges

Alan BarrettMar 6, 2020

How important is the Panama Canal to U.S. Soy? The U.S. is an agricultural surplus country dependent on exports. The Inland Mississippi River System plays…

Infrastructure

Improvements to Illinois, Upper Mississippi Rivers will Benefit U.S. Soy

Alan BarrettMar 1, 2020

The inland Mississippi River system plays a major role in transporting U.S. grains and oilseeds, especially soybeans. The inland Mississippi River system is comprised of…