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 River soybean price to the USDA Center Gulf soybean price, the price spread has not reacted to the upper Mississippi River being closed. This price relationship will hold either until the farmers must move their crops out of storage or an end user demands the soybeans. Currently, the farmers and merchandisers are waiting for the river to reopen. Until the river reopens, only the local animal operations and processing facilities have an incentive to buy corn and soybeans. The price spread reflects a farmer’s willingness to keep crops in storage until market conditions improve. A trade deal with China could offset some of the pressure to move soybeans before the next crop is harvested, but a China trade deal is still in question.