River Elevator Swap Limits Competition

Alan Barrett|Aug 6, 2019

Illinois farmers are fortunate to have six options at harvest. The farmers can deliver directly to a soybean crushing facility, shuttle elevator, river elevator, container…


U.S. Soybean Container Exports Increasing

Alan Barrett|Aug 2, 2019

A major focus of U.S. ports is to increase the depth of the waterways to increase the size of container vessels that can call on…


Crop Barge Movements Still Below Normal

Alan Barrett|Jul 26, 2019

After being closed from March 16 through June 20 due to flooding, Lock and Dam 15 at the Quad Cities on the upper Mississippi River…


Despite River Constraints, Barge Rates Normal

Alan Barrett|Jul 24, 2019

Crop barge capacity is the number of covered barges in the fleet multiplied by the number of times the barge can be loaded minus other…


Brazil Rail Projects Impact Soybean Exports

Alan Barrett|Jul 4, 2019

On February 7, 2019, the Brazilian Supreme Court reinstated the National Land Transportation Agency’s (ANTT) authority to issue fines for anyone who does not pay…


Weaker Currency Offsetting Higher Brazilian Truck Freight Rates

Alan Barrett|Jul 2, 2019

One factor that will eventually help U.S. soybean farmers obtain a higher soybean price is higher Brazilian truck freight rates increasing the Brazilian soybean port…


Upper Mississippi River Open

Alan Barrett|Jun 29, 2019

As bad luck would have it, during the time period when the upper Mississippi River traditionally would open to barge traffic, the river reached flood…


Soybeans Trapped in Upper Mississippi River Region

Alan Barrett|Jun 11, 2019

As of June 1, no crop volume has transversed Lock 15 at the Quad Cities. Even in 1993, the average water level was below flood…


The Importance of Mississippi River to U.S. Farmers

Alan Barrett|May 21, 2019

The inland Mississippi River system plays a major role in transporting commodities; especially soybeans and corn. Approximately 60 percent of all grain inspected is exported…


Flooding Shows Value of U.S. Infrastructure

Alan Barrett|May 18, 2019

The Army Corps reported Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 15 Rock Island crested at 22.7 feet, a record high in the Quad Cities representing…