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Transportation Issues Update

Thursday, February 22, 2018
                          • It’s a new year. Usually, freight rates drop after the first of the year. This year they have not. There are many reasons why this may be happening.

                           

                          1. Driver shortage. It is estimated that 10% of the truck capacity went away when the new ELD requirements went into effect.

                          2. Operating cost. The new ELD hardware costs money plus they have to buy a monthly plan for reporting.

                          3. Truck to load ratio. The average over the last 12 months was 3.2 loads for every 1 truck. The last 90 days has been 4.6 to 1

                           

                          I don’t expect rates will come back down much in the coming weeks and will definitely increase during the peak seasons. The rail is not looking much better. Spring is typically a slower shipping season so equipment shouldn’t be a huge issue but Dray capacity will be an ongoing problem.

                           

                           

                          Normally we see minor rate increases each year but this year we may see a major increase in some lanes. This is the carrier’s way of saying they don’t want that business. Their reasons may be dray capacity, equipment imbalances, long hauls from the ramp, etc. The dray carriers want to make as many turns in a day as possible and if the destination is too far away, they may not even be able to get back before they have to shut down for their mandatory 10 hrs. The last I heard, the rail ramps are running at around 110% capacity, so they can be picky about what lanes they want.

                           

                          The Fall season has the potential to be as bad as 2017. Some changes to think about:

                           

                          -No more multiple pickups or drop offs. This adds time the dray companies do not want or need. I have been informed that longer drays at or above 200 miles or about 4 hours could cause a shutdown situation. If layovers happen, they probably will be billed as a separate line item on the freight invoice.

                           

                          -Rail weight changes. Some rail providers have asked that the load weight be dropped to 41,000 lbs. of seed. This will cut the possibility of overweight issues that are expensive and take time drivers can no longer spare.

                           

                          -Looking forward we will all need to be proactive. Start thinking about the future, now. Try to get a projection to your sales person as soon as possible. If we can give our freight providers an idea of what we need and a rough shipping date, in advance, we can help keep rates down and get you the products you want, when you want them.

                           

                          Phill Lindgren

                          Logistics Manager

                           

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Frosty Berseem Clover: Everything you wanted to know about using it in a grass on grass crop rotation but were too afraid to ask.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018
  1. When it comes to trying something new on the farm it’s not uncommon for hay producers to stick with what has worked for them in the past. That can be understandable given the demand from the hay buyers to be consistent for quality hay, especially to the dairy producers. A new option for better hay is cold-tolerant Frosty berseem clover. Frosty has been shown to increase yields up to 20%, increase protein by 12%, RFV by 11% and profits by up to 25%.
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Have You Considered Frost Seeding?

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Now is a perfect time to think about dormant seeding your pastures with a legume. Dormant seeding, or frost seeding, is accomplished by broadcasting seed across the frozen ground. The natural heaving of the soils in the winter works the seed into the soil. When temperatures warm up the seed will germinate and begin growing. In the past, the most prominent legume specie used in frost seeding was red clover. Grassland Oregon has introduced Frosty Berseem Clover, Fixation Balansa Clover, KY Pride Crimson Clover and AberLasting hybrid white clover that can also be sown in this manner. more

Transportation Issues

Monday, December 11, 2017

The fall shipping season is done for another year and it was a crazy one! With very little carry over and equipment shortages, meeting delivery deadlines was a challenge. more

Experiencing Frosty Berseem Clover in Northern Michigan

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

My name is Jeremy Sweeten and I am a hay/beef farmer in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, about 20 minutes southwest of Sault Saint Marie, MI. I can see Canada when I look to the north of our farm. We raise about 500 acres of timothy hay, custom raise 100 red and black angus beef stockers, and custom raise 50-70 cow calf pairs on 225 acres of pasture. We are also starting a grass fed herd with five bred heifers this year. My real job is working for The CISCO Companies, Indianapolis, IN, as the northern forage agronomist. more


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