Posts Tagged ‘drought’

Leaders hoping to meet with Corps over critically low river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Federal lawmakers from Mississippi River states hope their meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers addresses the waterway’s critically low levels, which threaten to bring barge traffic to a halt. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois will join colleagues from middle America during a meeting today in Washington with Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen […] [...]

Senator may seek emergency declaration to keep barges moving

by Associated Press Published: November 27,2012

Tags: barge, boat, boatert, boating, drought, emergency, navigation, rain, river, ship, shipper, shipping, transportation, water

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri may seek a presidential emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the drought-riddled Mississippi River. The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the outflow from an upper Missouri River dam in South Dakota. That means less water coming down the Missouri […] [...]

Businesses asking for help as river approaches historic low

by Associated Press Published: November 26,2012

Tags: barge, boat, boater, boating, drought, navigation, rain, river, ship, shipper, shipping, water

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Businesses that move products on the Mississippi River continue to seek the government’s help as the river approaches historic lows. The Army Corps of Engineers last Friday began reducing the outflow from an upper Missouri River reservoir to ease drought conditions in that part of the country. The move will reduce the […] [...]

More officials voice concern over Corps’ plan for reservoir

by Associated Press Published: November 16,2012

Tags: boat, boater, boating, drought, dry, engineer, engineering, flood, flood control, navigation, rain, reservoir, river, ship, shipper, shipping, water, Weather

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri are joining the chorus expressing concern over the Army Corps of Engineers plan to reduce flow from an Missouri River reservoir, potentially affecting shipping on the Mississippi River. The Corps has said that around Nov. 23 it will reduce the flow at […] [...]

State’s hay producers see increased yield

by MBJ Staff Published: October 29,2012

Tags: acre, acreage, agriculture, commodity, drought, dry, farm, farmer, farming, feed, field, fire ant, forage, harvest, hay, livestock, meadow, pest, rain, rainmy, Weather, wet, yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s hay producers increased acreage and yields this season in spite of variable rainfall across the state. “Hay production systems in the central part of the state had a really good season,” said Rocky Lemus, Mississippi State University Extension Service forage specialist. “We’ve been blessed with quite a bit of rain in […] [...]

Dredger leaves Greenville for last emergency project

by Associated Press Published: October 19,2012

Tags: dredge, dredger, dredging, drought, dry, emergency, federal government, low, navigation, port, river, transportation, travel, water, water level

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bringing in a contract dredge from Greenville to work at the Port of Vicksburg by next week. Corps officials tell the Vicksburg Post the Dredge Iowa is, owned by Illinois-based Great Lakes Barge Dredge and Dock Company. Corps spokesman Kavanaugh Breazeale says the dredge was to […] [...]

Sweet potato crop looking ‘slightly above average’

by MBJ Staff Published: October 2,2012

Tags: agriculture, commodity, crop, drought, farm, farmer, farming, rain, row crop, sweet potato, Weather, yam

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s soil and climate are ideally suited to producing sweet potatoes, a crop that gives the state a No. 2 national ranking. Harvest began about Aug. 20 on Mississippi’s 22,500 acres of sweet potatoes. North Carolina comes in first with 64,000 acres. Acreage in both states varied little from last year. The […] [...]

River shipping resumes after emergency repairs to lock

by Associated Press Published: September 20,2012

Tags: barge, drought, dry, goods, lock, maritime, port, repair, river, ship, shipping, towboat, traffic, transportation, water, water level

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Shipping resumed today through one of the Mississippi River’s busiest locks after crews completed emergency repairs that took days and that stranded hundreds of barges destined for points north or south. By the time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened Lock 27 at Granite City, Ill., just north of St. Louis, […] [...]

Three more drought-ridden counties eligible for assistance

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration reports federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Alcorn, Benton and Tippah counties as a result of the drought and excessive heat. Under this declaration, the […] [...]

Measuring river’s depth not like it used to be

by Associated Press Published: September 18,2012

Tags: barge, boat, boating, depth, drought, dry, gaiuge, maritime, measure, measuring, river, sea level, shipping, stick, towboat, traffic, water level, Weather

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Reading the depth of the Mississippi River is high-tech stuff compared to decades ago, when engineers used sticks and pressure lines to measure water levels. Still, a clear measure of water in the river when levels are low can be confusing even when updated hourly on the Internet. To get the amount, […] [...]

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