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Flooding Halts Rail Service to Minnesota Co-ops

Problems have driven up cost of shipping via rail

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Floods in the Missouri River Valley are reducing rail service to much of south central Minnesota, reports The Free Press.

Jeff Spence, vice president of grain operations at Crystal Valley Co-op, said they haven't been able to get Union Pacific cars to many of their locations.

He said that so far the train shortage hasn't had much affect on the grain markets. The problems have driven up the cost of shipping via rail for those who can get trains, but Spence said the costs are starting to come down again.

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