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Farmers lose as bumper grain harvest overwhelms ships, trains

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By Julie Ingwersen

and Karl Plume

Reuters

CHICAGO — Bumper corn and soybean harvests in the U.S. Midwest are stretching the system for moving crops from fields to markets beyond its limits this year, driving up export costs and crimping profits for farmers and grain dealers.

After years of drought, the bountiful harvests may have come as a relief to America’s heartland if it were not for the severe transportation bottlenecks that have developed.

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