As the weather begins to improve on the prairies, CN rail says it expects many of its cold weather issues in shipping prairie grain to port, will come to an end. It’s blaming the snow and cold over the past few months, on a growing backlog of rail shipments from prairie elevators. Some shippers calling it a dire situation, similar to what happened in 2013. Wade Sobkowich with the Western Grain Elevator Association says according to the latest AG Transport Coalition report on grain shipments, CN rail provided only 17 percent of cars ordered by shippers for the week of February 12th. Calgary based CP rail provided close to 40 percent for the same week. Sobkowich says Canada’s grain shipping reputation took a major hit in 2013, when similar issues arose. He says the industry still hasn’t fully recovered from that hit. Many groups, including his are calling for the Senate to quickly pass the government’s Bill C-49, which he says would address many of the issues that prairie farmers are currently facing with Canada’s two major railways.