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Train Delays on the Tracks Improving for Elevators

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        It's been an ongoing issue in the ag industry for months.
    Train Delays.
    In fact, grain elevators are more than 3-thousand cars behind schedule. 
    Ag Reporter Sarah Heinrich checks in on the situation to see if wait times are improving.

        It's a scene that's been the same for months.
    Empty tracks.
(Josh Mardikian / South Central Grain, Sterling) "I don't think we got beyond 120 days but we were close to 4 months late at one point." 
    Josh Mardikian manages South Central Grain in Sterling.
    Mardikian says train delays have been an ongoing problem since January.
    He says while wait times have improved this spring and summer, trains are still running behind schedule.
    A train that showed up last night in Napoleon on the Canadian Pacific was scheduled to arrive April 29th. 
(Josh Mardikian / South Central Grain, Sterling) "In Sterling we are waiting on 2. In Napoleon, while with this one, we are only waiting on five." 
    Mardikian says while BNSF has made some improvements, Canadian Pacific Railroad has not.  
    Mardikian says rail lines are still working to catch up on hauling old crop --- and Mardikian knows with dropping grain prices there's still plenty of grain in the bins.
(Josh Mardikian / South Central Grain, Sterling) "There comes the last factor. The prices have dropped so far no one really wants to bring anything in. When you are looking at $2.50 corn and $5.50 for wheat, that's not very attractive for producers. That is below the cost of production honestly and who wants to sell at a loss?"
(Sarah Heinrich / KX News) "One of the biggest concerns now for elevators is going into harvest season full. And that harvest season is right around the corner." 
(Josh Mardikian / South Central Grain, Sterling) "We have learned how to work through the troubles we have had up to today. But what is going to happen moving forward. We all know that harvest is ten days out. If the summers was a little bit slower time, what happens when we have goingge crop coming in are we gonig to be able to move that and keep ou r lanes open for producers?"
    A question that's also on the minds of many producers. 

    According to BNSF, the railroad currently has 3,359 past-due cars in North Dakota.
    BNSF has committed an extra 450 cars per day to reduce the backlog. 
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