Upper Mississippi River Open

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 level. From March 16 through June 19, Lock and Dam 15 at the Quad Cities was closed due to flooding. The water levels will likely remain above average through July, but the upper Mississippi River should remain open.

Reopening the waterway will provide farmers who need to move crops with an opportunity to export via the inland Mississippi waterways for the first time since early December. The lower water levels will also allow roads to reopen and needed repairs to occur. In addition to the waterways marketing chain being restored, domestic marketing supply chains are also being restored.

Alan Barrett
Alan Barrett

Director of Consulting

Farm Journal

Alan Barrett is Doane’s project consultant and accomplished commodity economist with more than 25 years of experience in futures and cash markets with a focus on cotton, commodity projects, non-traditional agricultural products, transportation and supply chain studies. Alan spent six years as a commodity futures broker. His expertise encompasses feasibility studies of oilseed crushing plants (soybean canola, and cottonseed), grain elevators, export elevators, shuttle elevators, grain container operations, flourmills and other processing facilities. Alan also has conducted transportation supply chain studies for grains, oilseeds, fertilizer, coal, natural gas, crude oil, and petroleum products. Alan has considerable experience in non-traditional agricultural products such as coal, coke, natural gas, chemicals, hydraulic fracturing fluid, hydraulic fracturing proppants, glycerin, fertilizer, micronutrients, salt, limestone, cement, iron ore, pig iron, and steel, especially feed ingredients. Mr. Barrett has a BS and MS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee.