WEEKLY GRAIN MOVEMENT: River shipping starts

Barges being loaded as river shipping season begins one week earlier than normal.

Corn and soybean barges are being loaded on the upper Mississippi River this week, signaling the start of the river shipping season about a week earlier than normal.

Barges arrived upstream after repairs on a mid-Mississippi River lock were completed last week, river shippers said. CIF soybeans for March positions at the Gulf weakened in the past week and are bid about 40 over May. Corn bids also weakened, with March positions bid about 35 over May.

In addition, corn trains

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