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Fertilizer Shipping Commitment Exceeded

posted on May 23, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. says it has exceeded its commitment to additional trains hauling fertilizer in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana.

The Surface Transportation Board last month ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to submit the plans to ensure fertilizer was available for spring planting. Increased crude oil and freight shipments have largely been blamed for causing the rail delays. The railroads have blamed bad weather and rail traffic congestion.

BNSF had committed 52 trains to catch up on fertilizer shipments. Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth said Thursday that the railroad has loaded 53 trains and 50 have been delivered.

North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne (WAHT'-nee) says federal pressure on the railroad probably helped get the fertilizer delivered in time.

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