The potential exists for the Mississippi River to be closed to shipping south of St. Louis later this week because of the low water levels due to the drought. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says the impact on Iowa won’t really be felt for awhile.
“We’re losing the shipping down the river from St. Louis on south, that impacts us later when we want to ship because we also get a lot of stuff up the river,” said Northey. “Fertilizer and salt and other products come up the river, sometimes as far as Iowa.
Northey says there have been times in the past that the river has been closed to shipping as it passes through the northern states because of ice.
Iowa Radio Network