shipping http://iowapublicradio.org en Low Mississippi River levels could leave farmers in fertilizer crunch http://iowapublicradio.org/post/low-mississippi-river-levels-could-leave-farmers-fertilizer-crunch <div class="article-body"><p></p><p></p><p>Southbound barges on the Mississippi River carry grain destined for world markets. Those barges regularly pass northbound tows with thousands of tons of fertilizer heading to Midwestern ports and, later, to farmers’ fields.</p><p>But this year’s drought is adding an element of uncertainty to those shipping patterns, as Mississippi River levels reach record lows. Water levels have fertilizer shippers scrambling to get their product to market before low water dries up their most important shipping route.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:01:50 +0000 Jacob McCleland 12553 at http://iowapublicradio.org Low Mississippi River levels could leave farmers in fertilizer crunch