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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Farm commodity rail shipments are running about a month behind in North Dakota.  The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has told BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific to submit plans to address backlogs in northern Plains states and begin filing weekly updates.  The companies filed their first updates last week.
     BNSF Railway reported 4,942 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 32 days late. North Dakota had the most past-due rail cars followed by Montana, Minnesota, Washington and South Dakota.  BNSF promised in April to add more locomotives and crews in an effort to address the agriculture shipping delays.
     Canadian Pacific's report does not include a specific number of past-due rail cars or average lateness. But the railroad estimated a backlog demand of 10,000 to 12,000 cars across its system.

    MINOT, ND - The Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge will open several areas for haying this year.  A public drawing will be held on Monday, July 28th, at 3:00 pm to select permittees for haying. You must be 18 years of age or older and a bona fide rancher or farmer in need of hay for your own livestock to be eligible for the drawing.  The cost for the hay is $14.20/acre. The hay may not be traded, sold, or given away. 

     For additional information, please contact Tom Pabian, Refuge Manager, at 468-5467 or stop by the refuge headquarters between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  The refuge headquarters is located 7 miles north of Foxholm and 1/2 mile east of the Lake Darling Dam on Ward County #6.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A combination of long winters and more late-season crops in the Dakotas is presenting challenges for people in the manure-spreading business.
     Manure spreaders typically start in the spring once the ground thaws, spreading the fertilizer until crops are planted. They pick up again after harvest, until the ground freezes again.
     Farmers in the Dakotas have been planting more late-season crops such as corn and soybeans in recent years because of high market prices. That and recent long winters mean manure spreaders have had far less time to do their work.
     Roughrider Manure Spreading owner Dale Reindel tells The Bismarck Tribune that when manure spreaders can get in the field, it's "just go, go, go."




   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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