Wed May 14, 2014 07:51 AM CDT

SASKATOON (DOW JONES) -- The rail delays that slowed shipments of grains in North America this past winter continue to ripple across western Canada, hurting canola farmers while providing grain processors with an abundance of cheap seed for vegetable oil and livestock feed.

Bolstered by optimal growing conditions and new seed technology, Western Canadian farmers' grain crops hit new records last year. However, most farmers weren't able to ship their grains out to ports or to the U.S. as a harsh winter and increased traffic from other commodities like potash and crude oil throttled Canada's rail network.

An abundant harvest ...

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