Bbarges pass in tight quarters due to low water levels as they navigate the Mississippi River Wednesday near St. Louis.
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Soybeans sit in a barge on the Kaskaskia River, a tributary of the Mississippi River, at Gateway FS in Evansville, Ill., on Wednesday. U.S. farmers, facing aftershocks of the worst drought in 50 years, are improvising alternative plans for corn, soybeans and other grains that wonít be moving to world markets as the Mississippi River dries up.
A truck drops off a load of soybeans Wednesday at the Gateway FS elevator on the Kaskaskia River, a tributary of the Mississippi River, in Evansville, Ill.
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The Army Corps of Engineers has turned back requests by federal lawmakers and the barge operators to release more water from the Missouri River, believing the drought-starved Mississippi River it feeds still will remain open to shipping. The industry, however, warns that the situation is growing increasingly dire.