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The recent frigid weather across the Midwest has slowed river barges carrying grain to shipment ports, especially those destined for the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi, Ohio, and Illinois rivers.

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For the Midwest’s biggest crops, this harvest season was a big one.

Drought Exposing Problems in the Mississippi

Dec 7, 2012
http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/

The Illinois Corn Growers Association is calling for immediate action to keep the traffic moving on the Mississippi river.
The river has dropped because of this summer’s drought.  The group said that this is exposing underwater obstacles which are preventing barges from transporting goods along the river.