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Grain backlog leaves farmers in cash pinch

Mar. 3, 2014 - The backlog of grain shipments that has left sellers with unfilled orders and stuffed storage bins has many Western farmers facing a cash shortfall just weeks ahead of planting season, according to a story in the Globe and Mail.

The number of farmers seeking cash advances through a federal government program has risen by 35 to 40 per cent as growers look for ways to pay for seed and fertilizer, while much of last year's record crop sits unsold in grain bins amid a shortage of rail cars.

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