BulkLoadsNow.com Community Forum Reveals Rising Fuel Cost Isn’t Carriers Only Worry -- Drought is Drying Up Demand for Bulk Truck Freight

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This year due to the drought suffered across the United States many farmers are calling their crops a loss and bulk freight truck operators are feeling the farmers’ pain.

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Every 1,000 bushels of grain lost equates to one less truck load to be transported not just once, but up to three or four times.

Carriers transporting North America’s bulk agriculture products rely on harvest seasons to increase trucking demand and trucking rates to keep them moving. This year due to the drought suffered across the United States many farmers are calling their crops a loss and bulk freight truck operators are feeling the farmers’ pain.

Impact to carriers may be minimal immediately but the loss of crops may be felt more during the non-harvesting seasons. Bulk freight carriers rely on from farm-to-elevator, elevator-to-terminal, and elevator-to-grain processor, all of which will be less this year. “There’s a definite fear among carriers on our forums and boards that the drought will negatively impact their business, immediately and in the future months this fall and winter,” reported Bulk Loads Now partner, Jared Flinn. “Every 1,000 bushels of grain lost equates to one less truck load to be transported not just once, but up to three or four times."

Some grains will go direct into feed, while others will go to processing and the byproducts will go into feed. Trucking is involved in all of these processes.
Most states throughout the Midwest are already predicting crop losses in the billions. (source: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2012/07/31/crop-losses-in-the-billions-of-dollars/). States issuing exemptions for trucking companies to haul higher weight for livestock are listed here: http://www.my-trucks.com/some-drought-stricken-states-lift-regulations.html

Bulk Loads Now is always working to create synergies between carriers and every possible shipper to find freight, and we are working hard with our members to keep them and their products moving. We do this through load posting, load history contact database and truck posting. Timing is critical for carriers to find freight and keep loaded as much as possible, especially on rising input (fuel, tires, truck, trailer) costs.

About BulkLoadsNow.com
BulkLoadsNow.com is an online community of professionals in North American’s bulk freight industry. Our shipper members are transportation logistics managers of grain, fertilizer, aggregates, feed ingredients and all agriculture commodities. Our carrier members pull hopper bottoms, walking floors, end dump trailers, belt trailers, live floors, pneumatic and liquid tankers. We provide to our members the industry’s most innovative bulk freight solutions including an enhanced load board, database of all carriers in North America, instant communication tools, industry forums and news updates, and much more.

Contact:
Jared Flinn
Jared (at) BulkLoadsNow (dot) com
http://www.BulkLoadsNow.com
800-518-9240 Ext. 2

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