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Monday 12/22/14

Railroads Performing Better Due to Mild Weather, More Locomotives
The Senate on Dec. 16 approved a 9-cent-per-gallon increase in the barge diesel fuel user fee, which is expected to generate additional revenue annually to aid in the renovation and modernization of the country's inland waterways infrastructure.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:44PM CST 12/22/14 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 12/19/14

Informa: Beans Acres Exceed Corn Acres
Private analytical firm Informa Economics sees farmers planting more soybean acres than corn acres next year for the first time since 1983.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:20AM CST 12/19/14 by Katie Micik | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 12/15/14

Logistic, PNW Labor Issues Hurting Business
Logistic issues and an ongoing labor dispute in the Pacific Northwest are affecting imports and exports of all containerized commodities, according to commodity industry representatives.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:20AM CST 12/15/14 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 12/08/14

Milder Weather, Lower Freight Volumes Allow Railroads to Boost Performance
Milder weather and lower freight volumes have helped improve railroad service across the country, according to railroad company reports.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:31AM CST 12/08/14 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Sunday 12/07/14

Everyone Needs a (Marketing) Code They Can Live By
DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom, much like television character Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, has a set of rules that he thinks should govern farmers' (marketing) behavior.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:37PM CST 12/07/14 by Katie Micik | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 12/01/14

Early Ice on Lake Superior, PNW Traffic Improves
The Daily Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping News has reported that ice has already started to develop on Michigan's Great Lakes. This is the earliest ice has formed on some of the Great Lakes in at least 40 years.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:39PM CST 12/01/14 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 11/25/14

Early Winter Weather Adds to Rail Problems
Winter-like temps and precipitation are adding to delays on railroads.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:14PM CST 11/25/14 by Mary Kennedy | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
It was my understanding that grain traffic is in competition with fossil fuel cargo, and that the latter has priority over grain.
Posted by Peter Lockwood at 5:45PM CST 12/09/14
 

Monday 11/24/14

UMR Shipping Season Comes to Close
Barge shipping on the Upper Mississippi River has come to an end until next spring thanks to an early start to winter in the Midwest.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:43PM CST 11/24/14 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 11/17/14

PNW Shuttles Slowed This Week by Cold, Snow; Casselton Derailment Adds to Slowdown
Cold and snow in parts of the Midwest and Northern Plains slowed rail transportation of agriculture products this past week.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:33PM CST 11/17/14 by Mary Kennedy | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
So why do Franken, Klobuchar and Dayton quite patronizing both coast enviros, and get a few pipelines built?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:10PM CST 11/17/14
 

Tuesday 11/11/14

Snow Snarls Harvest
Snow may have complicated harvest in northern regions of the Corn Belt, but it's no repeat of 2009.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:55AM CST 11/11/14 by Katie Micik | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 11/10/14

Weekly Railroad Updates Show Mixed Results in Service Improvements
The large volume of soybeans moving from the upper Midwest for export is causing delays in rail shipments to the U.S. Pacific Northwest.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:03PM CST 11/10/14 by Mary Kennedy | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Mary; Would completion of the oil pipeline thru the US allow oil to be shipped using that method, thereby freeing up trains and track for farm products ?
Posted by Dick Doriguzzi at 7:05PM CST 11/11/14
 

Friday 11/07/14

Sudden Closure, Dredging Slow Lower Mississippi Traffic
An unexpected closure on the lower Mississippi River near Memphis during daylight hours and night-time dredging operations in other locations are hampering barge traffic.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:58PM CST 11/07/14 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 11/05/14

CFTC Fixes Ag Concerns on Residual Interest
Agriculture industry groups have worked hard to help educate three new CFTC commissioners, and it paid off Monday when CFTC changed a controversial rule that would make it more expensive for farmers to use futures contracts.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:13AM CST 11/05/14 by Katie Micik | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 11/04/14

Informa Sees Corn Crop at 14.49 BB, Beans at 3.99 BB
Private analytical firm Informa Economics tweaked its estimates for U.S. corn and soybean production ahead of Monday's USDA report.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:25PM CST 11/04/14 by Katie Micik | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 11/03/14

Rail Delays Continue
The second week of mandated railroad reports to the Surface Transportation Board show improved service, but delays continue as pressure from a large harvest increases demand for cars to move grain.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:48AM CST 11/03/14 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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  • Everyone Needs a (Marketing) Code They Can Live By
  • Early Ice on Lake Superior, PNW Traffic Improves
  • Early Winter Weather Adds to Rail Problems
  • UMR Shipping Season Comes to Close
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