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River levels allow favorable barge movement compared to 2019



Photo Credit: Brennan Marine

Water levels have largely cooperated for those working to move products along the Mississippi in 2020, a relief after 2019’s summer of high water.

Adam Binsfeld, Brennan Marine, Inc. president, said there was a spike in the river stage earlier in the year with seasonal high water, but no weather yet has impacted their work compared to last year.

Typically, first barges of the season start moving through the La Crosse area at the end of March or start of April. That movement was washed away until July 1 in 2019.

“It was a very difficult year, one I would sure not like to repeat,” Binsfeld said.

This year, there was some lock and damn work south of La Crosse that cause a brief holdup, but barges began making their way the first week of April.

“That wasn’t bad at all,” Binsfeld said. “It was a good startup. The high water has really been manageable this year.”

The cargo is gain from farmers as far as 200 miles east and west of the Mississippi River.

“It allows the farmers to access the world market with their product,” Binsfeld said. “I think without the river and the commerce on the river, we certainly wouldn’t have so many farmers in the area.”

Despite backups from 2019, Binsfeld has not noticed any backlog of shipments that were carried into this season.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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