Infrastructure
Infrastructure

Mississippi River Flooding Impacts on Cash Basis is Currently Limited

Alan BarrettMay 14, 2019

The inland Mississippi River system plays a major role in transporting commodities, especially soybeans and corn. When comparing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Iowa…

Infrastructure

Upper Mississippi River Closing Extended as Flooding Continues

Alan BarrettMay 13, 2019

Farmers and merchandisers located in areas at flood levels that needed to market crops in March and April have been harmed by the limitations placed…

Infrastructure

Higher Truck Freight Rates in Brazil Spurring Investment

Alan BarrettMay 12, 2019

The Minimum Freight Rate Table (MFRT) established to end the Brazilian truckers’ strike in 2018 allows carriers to charge from 50 to 300 percent more…

Infrastructure

Truck Capacity Availability Improving in 2019

Alan BarrettMay 8, 2019

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) estimates the U.S. has approximately 3.5 million Class 8 trucks (semi tractor-trailers) operating with over 5.7 million commercial drivers. More…

Infrastructure

High Water Persists but Barge Rates Falling

Alan BarrettMay 4, 2019

The Mississippi River continues to have high water levels disrupting barge traffic. The opening of the upper Mississippi River for commercial traffic continues to be…

Infrastructure

Brazilian Government Supports Higher Freight Rates

Alan BarrettApr 30, 2019

With Brazilian corn and soybean crops’ estimated crop size continually increasing, the importance of the Minimum Freight Rate Table (MFRT) also continues to rise. In…