Moving Grain: Illinois River Closures Scheduled This Summer May 22, 2020

🕔May 22, 2020
Illinois River Closures Scheduled This Summer U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that shutdowns on the Illinois River system will take place from July through October to allow rehabilitation […]

Infrastructure Repairs Lose Out to Coronavirus – DTN Apr 28, 2020

🕔Apr 28, 2020
On March 31, four days after signing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, President Donald Trump called for a $2-trillion infrastructure plan. He wrote on Twitter, “With […]

Hell And/Or High Water? More River Traffic Challenges Ahead? – DTN Feb 26, 2020

🕔Feb 26, 2020
The start of the 2019 navigation season in the Upper Mississippi River (UMR) was late and drawn out. The first tow didn’t make it to St. Paul, Minnesota, until April […]

Moving Grain: Export Inspections Rise, Still Below Average Jan 16, 2020

🕔Jan 16, 2020
Grain Inspections Up; Wheat and Soybeans Higher For the week ending January 9, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major U.S. export regions reached […]

Grain Transportation: More River Funding But Still Playing Catch-Up – DTN Jan 14, 2020

🕔Jan 14, 2020
Late on Dec. 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed into law the 2020 spending bills. Contained in the spending package for fiscal 2020 was $7.65 billion for the civil works […]

Missouri River Flood Debate: Army Corps of Eng., Levee Repairs, Cost Benefit Ratio – DTN Apr 18, 2019

🕔Apr 18, 2019
Congress appropriating funds for Midwest levee repair doesn’t necessarily mean that’s where the money would go if the Army Corps of Engineers and the White House use cost-benefit analysis to […]

Grain: Great Lakes Shipping Season is Open – DTN Mar 28, 2019

🕔Mar 28, 2019
It’s a sure sign of spring when one hears the words “opening day.” In most cases, those words are associated with the start of a new Major League Baseball season. […]

Infrastructure Promises: No Plan or Fix Yet – DTN Feb 12, 2019

🕔Feb 12, 2019
During the signing of the tax overhaul bill on Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump said, “Infrastructure is by far the easiest,” according to a Washington Post article from Jan. […]

Upper Mississippi River Barges Head South for Winter – DTN Dec 12, 2018

🕔Dec 12, 2018
The Upper Mississippi River (UMR) shipping season is officially over as tows pushing barges, like flocks of geese, headed south for the winter. It’s always bittersweet for those of us […]

Soybean Trade: China Tariffs Not the Only Thing Holding U.S. Back – DTN Nov 26, 2018

🕔Nov 26, 2018
Since the 1990s, the United States, the world’s leading producer of soybeans, has lost market share to Brazil, noted USDA in its most recent study, The Impact of Infrastructure and […]

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