July 24, 2014 | Farm & Ranch | North Dakota farmers are concerned a backlog in rail shipments will affect the upcoming harvest.
With harvest approaching, there are worries over grain storage and delivery. Elevators may not be able to move out last year’s crops in time for the coming year’s harvest due to rail shipment delays. In addition to full cars not being shipped, there are many elevators that need cars to fill.
“We’re still hearing there’s a number of elevators still relatively full,” said Mark Watne, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union. “None are at the level they want to be.”
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 53 percent of winter wheat has turned color, 5 percent of durum wheat has turned and 10 percent of spring wheat has turned. Canola turning also is at 10 percent.