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Hoeven: BNSF pledges to speed fertilizer delivery

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Sen. John Hoeven says BNSF Railway Co. has promised to add more trains to ensure timely delivery of fertilizer for spring planting.

Hoeven says BNSF CEO Matt Rose told him that the railroad ''will dedicate additional resources and crews to get fertilizer to North Dakota producers faster.''

The president of the North Dakota Farmers Union says fertilizer supplies must be supplemented this spring to ensure there are no shortages. Mark Watne says some dealers have quit pre-selling fertilizer because they can't guarantee delivery.

Watne says grain shipments also are up to a month behind because of the lack of rail cars.

Increased crude oil and freight shipments largely have been blamed for causing the rail delays.

BNSF has said that rail service has been backlogged due to bad weather.