Agriculture minister Lyle Stewart says he had a good discussion on grain movement with federal transport minister Marc Garneau in Saskatoon Thursday.
Garneau met with senior government officials and farm leaders.
With a large crop this year, farmers are hoping to avoid a repeat of a grain movement bottleneck in 2013.
Stewart believes Garneau understood the magnitude of the issue.
He says the minister seemed open to suggestions.
He expects many of the farm leaders will reinforce his position.
Stewart points out up to 90 per-cent of Saskatchewan’s farm production is shipped out of province, and the only way to move it is by rail.
Stewart is pushing for better reporting of weekly progress in moving rail cars, and, penalties for shippers and rail companies which don’t meet delivery agreements.