The Lower Mississippi River is one of the greatest logistics centers of the world. Forbes correspondent Chris Helman spent a day on the water with Cargill and Ingram Barge Company, and came away with a better understanding of what keeps this country moving.
My orders were simple enough: Be at Lynnhaven Inlet no later than 5:30 in the morning.I had set four alarm clocks to make sure that happened, though none of them went off because I got to them first – I was up already.
Last summer's drought that continued through the winter wasn't just bad news for ranchers and farmers. There were big worries about what it would mean to the Mississippi River, too. Low water and heavy boats meant bad news for barge operators who relied on high water levels to ferry goods from North to South.