Planting season is almost here, and the U.S. Surface Transportation Board is ready.
Last week they ordered two railways, BNSF and Canadian Pacific, to direct all railcars to make fertilizer deliveries to avoid planting delays this spring.
The railroads were ordered to report delivery plans by last Friday along with weekly status reports on deliveries for the next six weeks.
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says farmers often face prolonged delays by these railways but this decision will make sure farmers get ag commodities. He thinks this is a step in the right direction.