Rail transportation quality has been monitored since COVID slowed movement. American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Daniel Munch says unfilled orders in 2023 are higher than expected. For the first part of the year, average weekly unfilled orders numbered over 15,000 per week, 54 percent higher than last month. The bulk of these unfulfilled orders are in Upper Midwest States like North Dakota and Minnesota. “Minnesota has over 21,000 unfilled orders in quarter one, and North Dakota has almost 50,000 unfilled orders.” Weather and labor shortages were cited as reasons for the record number of unfilled orders.
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