Wheat harvest can be tricky when it comes to available truck freight
Nixa, MO (PRWEB) June 12, 2013
BulkLoadsNow.com, a leading freight matching site for the bulk truck freight industry, is expecting an increase in load postings and shipper activity concentrated in the southern Midwest in the next few weeks with wheat harvest starting. A recent forum post by Cargill expressed demand for more trucks to help in the Salina, KS area specifically. http://www.bulkloadsnow.com/Forum/forum_details.cfm?forum_id=10634&title=cargill-kansas-hrw-harvest&includemenu=NO
“Wheat harvest can be tricky when it comes to available truck freight,” said Jared Flinn, Operating Partner at BulkLoadsNow.com. “Trucks that you thought were available will all of a sudden disappear, usually hauling for local farmers and grain elevators. This indirectly affects the whole industry as truck availability for other commodities, like feed ingredients and fertilizer, increase freight rates.”
Many grain companies create harvest programs guaranteeing carriers a flat revenue amount despite weather to compensate for rain days. Truck rates on harvest programs usually double to attract carriers and compensate for waiting times in long truck lines.
Wheat harvest is expected to start within the week in Northern Texas and Southern/Central Oklahoma according to WacoTrib.com. http://www.wacotrib.com/news/farm_and_ranch/shane-mclellan-central-texas-wheat-oat-harvesting-gets-underway/article_6db6b1c6-7551-56dc-a9a7-b947af7bdc09.html
Speculation is that the wheat crop will be average to above average in larger producing states such as Kansas http://www.kansas.com/2013/06/09/2839025/south-central-kansas-wheat-looks.html
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