Dust floats in the air as Archer Daniels Midland employee Kenny Crowe walks on a barge while it is loaded with soybeans at an ADM river terminal along the Mississippi River Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Sauget, Ill. The potential closure of the river due to low water levels has raised concern for barge companies and others who use the river for shipping with a prolonged shutdown of the river possibly costing billions of dollars in losses.
Dust floats in the air as Archer Daniels Midland employee Kenny Crowe walks on a barge while it is loaded with soybeans at an ADM river terminal along the Mississippi River Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Sauget, Ill. The potential closure of the river due to low water levels has raised concern for barge companies and others who use the river for shipping with a prolonged shutdown of the river possibly costing billions of dollars in losses.
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published Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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ST. LOUIS — After months of drought, companies that ship grain and other goods down the Mississippi River are being haunted by a potential nightmare: If water levels fall too low, the nation’s main inland waterway could become impassable to barges just as the harvest heads to market.

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