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Katie Micik DTN Markets Editor

Monday 01/26/15

Industry Facing Shortage Up to 30,000 Drivers
The U.S. trucking industry is seeing a severe shortage of drivers nationwide, according to industry representatives.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:18AM CST 01/26/15 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 01/19/15

West Coast Ports Suffering Slowdowns, Work Stoppages
The ongoing labor contract dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is affecting service at several West Coast ports, according to trade sources[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:16PM CST 01/19/15 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 01/12/15

Proposal Would Make Weekly Reporting Permanent
Weekly service performance reports from railroads may become a permanent requirement following a recent decision by the Surface Transportation Board.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:00PM CST 01/12/15 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 01/06/15

Railroads Getting Better Grades for Service
Railroads are getting better grades for service than they did last year and more grain and other commodities seem to be moving on 100-car-unit trains.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:11PM CST 01/06/15 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 12/31/14

Railroads Pick Up Steam
Railroads are reporting fewer delays thanks to good weather and less grain movement. Meanwhile, the ongoing labor dispute in the West Coast appears to still be far from reaching a resolution.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:47PM CST 12/31/14 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

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 | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
really another railroad blog? What about a story about how far off USDA was on yield in 2014.Our local elevator has shipped most of it's corn to Canada already and it's not even the end of the year yet.Have heard of talk from guys in Ill. that they had normal yields.They said 250 bu. is normal for them nothing not records.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 8:21AM CST 12/30/14
 

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
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