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Source: Penton Farm Progress

Farm-state legislators continue to press rail companies to speed grain shipments as harvest draws closer, again underscoring rail transportation issues that earlier this year caused headaches for farmers awaiting shipments of fertilizer.

During a round table discussion in Minot, N.D., Monday, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., discussed the backlog's effects on farmers and improvements railway companies can make to avoid future transport delays as forecast record crops begin to take over available storage reserves.

Rail companies Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Canadian Pacific were ordered in May to provide updates to the Surface Transportation Board regarding progress in eliminating delays for agricultural shipments, though Heitkamp says progress has been minimal.

Since the reports began in June, Heitkamp's office says Canadian Pacific has only logged a 5% improvement in the number of open requests for grain cars to August. Wait time has also increased, from 63 days to more than 80 days.

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