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Mother Nature Unkind to Grain Shippers, End Users, Exporters

Northern portion of U.S. has been under siege by Mother Nature

To say logistics are "messy" in parts of the Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest is an understatement. The Minot Daily news reported that the North Central Research Extension Center just south of Minot, North Dakota, reported a total of 47 inches of snow in four snowfalls since November 2016. Trains were partially buried in high snow drifts near Mobridge, South Dakota, and railroad workers have been busy clearing snow on the tracks throughout the Northern tier since November. On Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Portland, Oregon, was buried in a foot of snow. One week later on Jan. 18, Portland was hit with a crippling ice storm.

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