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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - BNSF Railway Co. says it has exceeded its commitment to additional trains hauling fertilizer in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana.  The Surface Transportation Board last month ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to submit the plans to ensure fertilizer was available for spring planting. Increased crude oil and freight shipments have largely been blamed for causing the rail delays. The railroads have blamed bad weather and rail traffic congestion.
     BNSF had committed 52 trains to catch up on fertilizer shipments. Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth said Thursday that the railroad has loaded 53 trains and 50 have been delivered.
     North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne (WAHT'-nee) says federal pressure on the railroad probably helped get the fertilizer delivered in time.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The federal government says it can't meet a request by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to extend a crop planting deadline for corn in North Dakota.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency says it's prohibited by federal regulations from making a change to the May 25 deadline set for most North Dakota counties.
     Many corn farmers in the state are having a tough time getting their crop seeded because of a wet spring. Farmers in 49 of North Dakota's 53 counties will see reduced crop insurance coverage on corn they plant after Sunday because their crops will be deemed more susceptible to summer heat or fall frost.
     Heitkamp on Monday asked RMA to delay the deadline. A spokeswoman says the senator will continue to push for insurance program improvements.


     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Some farmers are questioning a proposed 170-mile electrical transmission line proposed from southeastern North Dakota to northeastern South Dakota.
     People who spoke at a Tuesday night hearing in Aberdeen held by South Dakota's Public Utilities Commission questioned easement payments, possible land devaluation and the possibility of the power line interfering with GPS equipment on farm machinery.
     The American News reports that the proposed line is a joint venture of Montana-Dakota Utilities and Otter Tail Power. It would stretch from a Big Stone power plant substation near Big Stone City, South Dakota, to a substation near Ellendale, North Dakota. It would cost up to $370 million.
     The line needs regulatory approval in both states, though all but about 9 miles would be in South Dakota.


     LE SUEUR, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota farmers are racing to finish corn planting ahead of a key deadline set by the federal crop insurance program.
     The late, rainy spring has slowed corn planting in Minnesota and other parts of the Midwest.  
     Each type of grain must be planted by a certain date for farmers to get full insurance benefits if there's a crop failure later in the year. Monday is Minnesota's cutoff date for corn. Insurance benefits are reduced for corn planted after that.
     Le Sueur farmer Bob Braun tells The Free Press of Mankato that the bulk of his family's land has yet to be planted. Braun says they'll keep planting corn up until June 15. If it goes later than that, they'd plant the rest with soybeans, which mature more quickly.


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


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