Posts Tagged ‘dry’

Low water shuts down Mississippi River; nearly 100 boats idled

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage yesterday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. New Orleans-based Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets said the stretch of river near Greenville has been closed intermittently since Aug. […] [...]

Catfish farmers feeling impact of drought

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians do not have to look far to see the impact of the Midwest’s historic drought, as the state’s catfish farmers already feel the pinch of sky-high feed costs. “There was a window last fall when some farmers were able to book feed at $380 per ton,” said Jimmy Avery, Mississippi State […] [...]

SBA offering loans to Delta businesses in wake of drought

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The U.S. Small Business Administration is making available federal economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of the drought. This SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, […] [...]

Researchers to conduct five-year shellfish study on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — University of New Orleans researchers are getting federal money to study shrimp and crab populations over the 120 miles of coast between Lake Borgne in Louisiana to Mobile Bay in Alabama. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced funding the $1.2 million five-year study of blue crabs, brown shrimp and white […] [...]

American Queen stranded in Memphis due to low water

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The American Queen steamboat is docked in Memphis, Tenn., unable to paddle on down the Mississippi River because of low water. A trip that began Aug. 3 at Louisville, Ky., was cut short well before the steamboat’s destination of Vicksburg. American Queen Steamboat Company’s Tim Rubacky tells The Commercial Appeal navigation problems […] [...]

Cotton crop looking good despite prolonged drought

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Despite high heat and long periods without rain, the state’s cotton is looking pretty good, although dealing with reduced acres. Nationally, producers planted 14 percent less cotton this year than last, primarily because of high corn and soybean prices. Mississippi followed this national trend; producers planted 580,000 acres of cotton in 2012 […] [...]

Low river allowing saltwater to threaten drinking supplies

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers said yesterday it would construct an underwater sill in the Mississippi River as it seeks to stop saltwater from threatening drinking water supplies in the New Orleans area. It’s needed because water levels in the drought-stricken Mississippi have gotten so low that the river is nearly at […] [...]

SBA offering loans to more drought-stricken counties

BENTON COUNTY and MARSHALL COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration is making available federal economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Benton and Marshall counties in Mississippi as a result of the drought. Under this declaration, […] [...]

SBA disaster loans offered in drought-stricken counties

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration has made available federal economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in the counties of Benton, DeSoto, Lafayette, Marshall, Tate and Union in Mississippi as a result of drought. Under […] [...]

Sediment from last year’s flood impacting dredging on low river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers says the historic flood of 2011 dumped more sediment than usual in the lower Mississippi River and rivers in Arkansas and Louisiana. And this year’s extreme low water and low flow are leaving it there. The corps’ Vicksburg office says that’s also making normal dredging very difficult, […] [...]

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