Regulators tell railroads to report on backlog

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OMAHA, Neb.— The backlog of grain shipments across the Plains has been reduced this spring, but U.S. regulators are requiring BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railroad to provide weekly updates on their efforts to catch up before harvest.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has told BNSF and Canadian Pacific to submit plans to address the backlog and begin filing weekly updates. The order is similar to the updates regulators required on fertilizer shipments this spring after farm groups complained. Delays in shipments have been especially pronounced in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Minnesota.