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Grain Barge Movements Stable Despite Severe Weather

USAgNet - February 17, 2017

Despite multiple tornados hitting southern Louisiana last week, two of the grain barge movement indicators indicate the grain barge shipments in the lower Mississippi and the Gulf were stable.

The number of barges moving down the Mississippi River generally increase in summer and peak in early December, then decline in the winter and early spring.

For the week ending February 11, the number of down-bound barges (416) followed a declining trend, but were still 25 percent higher than the 3-year average for February.

The number of barges unloaded in the New Orleans port region usually increases in July and peaks in November/December, then declines afterwards until April/May.

Last week, there were 941 grain barges unloaded, which was slightly lower than the week before, but still 36 percent higher than the 3-year average.

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