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Oats is one of the crops most affected by the rail backlog, said Shawna Mathieson (l), executive director of Prairie Oat Growers Association.
Tracy Bush (r), director of sales and marketing with Canadian Oats Milling, said she is at least three months behind on getting rail car spots.

Double whammy for oat growers as railways focus on West Coast backlog

Virtually all of the Prairie oat harvest goes to the U.S., but growers say shipping south isn’t even on the radar of the railways

The clogged rail system is affecting every grain producer on the Prairies, but oats growers are feeling additional pain. Market analyst Randy Strychar has called the situation a “train wreck,” noting some companies aren’t putting out bids until February 2015. “It’s not out of line to say that we’re probably one of the worst-hit crops,” […] Read more