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Published May 05, 2014, 04:23 PM

Railroads report improvement on fertilizer shipments

Updated fertilizer shipment statuses from BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway were released Monday, showing BNSF has half of its goal of 52 trainloads of fertilizer have been delivered. This is an increase from 13 delivered trainloads in last week’s report. The CP report notes 109 train cars

By: Agweek staff report,

BISMARCK, N.D. — Updated fertilizer shipment statuses from BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway were released Monday, showing BNSF has half of its goal of 52 trainloads of fertilizer have been delivered. This is an increase from 13 delivered trainloads in last week’s report. The CP report notes 109 train cars were delivered in North Dakota, and train speeds have improved 13 percent from last week.

“I continue to be cautiously optimistic about the numbers, but we still need to see more progress before we are out of the woods,” says Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. “Of course, fertilizer is only a part of the equation. Our farmers need to get grain and other products to market. Transparency and data sharing are always important in finding solutions and gaining public trust, which is why it’s critical to meeting North Dakota’s increasing demands on the railroad system.”

Last month the U.S. Surface Transportation Board ordered BNSF and CP to provide weekly updates on their efforts to ensure timely delivery of fertilizer shipments for the spring planting of U.S. crops in light of freight rail service delays.

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