Heavy snow in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and severe cold in the Northern Plains has made moving grain difficult. Red River Gain Company General Manager Kelly Longtin says the slowdown in rail traffic is driving up the cost of freight. “You anticipate the railroad will make a few turns a month at least. You sell your grain according to that. Now, the railroad isn’t getting back in time to get two turns each month,” Longtin explains. “The penalties are severe. There are boats bobbing in the ocean, waiting for grain. That’s causing the secondary market on freight to trade north of $3,000/car.” Listen to more of the story.