BLOOMINGTON - The drought of 2012 illustrates what researchers predicted could happen in the case of lock and dam failures to river transportation of soybeans, according to Mark Sprague, director of the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and a soybean producer from New Canton.
A recent study partially funded by the ISA
suggests a significant lock and dam failure could have a significant impact on the state's soybean industry.
"Well maintained infrastructure is vital to ensure Illinois soybeans reach their destinations efficiently and remain competitive in domestic and international markets.
We can't stop Mother Nature, but we can stop locks from crumbling into rivers," Sprague
said in an ISA news release.