2014 is turning out to be a record corn harvest year. Farmers in Illinois are forecast to harvest an average of almost 200 bushels per acre – when the 2013 average was only 178 bushels per acre.
You might also remember that more than half of Illinois corn leaves the state for export, much of it floating down the Mississippi River. Which makes a 14 day river closure – right now in the thick of harvest – one of those things that makes you go hmmmmmmm.
At this point in the year, a 14-day lock closure could have catastrophic consequences.
Read this to learn more about the Army Corps of Engineers and their surprise river closure during harvest!