Low water on Mississippi River could mean more expensive groceries

Another supply-chain problem: the Mississippi River is low! Because the river is so low, shippers can't load as much grain or soybeans into barges that bring the product to processors, exporters, or the market.

Louisiana Ag Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain says it is causing problems as farmers are harvesting crops right now.

"Because of the low depth of the Mississippi river and the fact that we need dredging right now at the port of Lake Providence, we have grain that's backing up," said Strain. "We hope this is temporary, but what it is going to do, it is going to affect the price of corn and beans but we hope not to a great degree."

Strain says don't count on more water being released from dams on the upper Mississippi and its tributaries, either.

"So where you have these large reservoirs, most of that is being retained for human drinking water and for irrigation," he explained.

Strain said rain from Hurricane Ian may make it into the Tennessee or Ohio valleys, which will eventually end up in the Mississippi.

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