Rising water levels make river traffic tricky

Heavy rainfall in the region continues to cause problems for farmers, with river levels rising so high that grain can’t be sent downriver.

The Illinois River has been particularly hard hit, with water levels rendering many ports unusable for grain shipments. The effects are also evident on the Mississippi River, where barge traffic is more closely regulated.

That compounds problems for many farmers, who already have been forced to delay planting or leave fields empty due to the wet weather this spring and summer.

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