Mississippi flooding blocks grain from MinnesotaST. PAUL (AP) - A 280-mile stretch of the Mississippi River is closed to barges because of flooding, causing disruptions for Minnesota shippers.
ST. PAUL (AP) - A 280-mile stretch of the Mississippi River is closed to barges because of flooding, causing disruptions for Minnesota shippers.
Traffic on the Mississippi has been stopped for a week, and rail shipping in some areas is halted too. The mess is expected to snarl shipping for at least another week.
Grain exporters like Cargill and CHS usually ship grain down the river to the Gulf of Mexico. But high water has closed two CHS river facilities in Iowa. CHS senior merchandiser Mark Sackmaster says that even if the facilities were open, their products can't move.
At Cargill, spokesman Mark Klein calls the shipping problems "a manageable distraction." Two Cargill soybean processors and a corn processing plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, remain closed.
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