GRASSLAND BLOG

My First Western Seed Association Meeting

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, known for jazz, amazing barbecue and of course, the Western Seed Association annual meeting. Read More

Overcoming Tragedy

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

As many of you may know, this past weekend, our office caught on fire.  Read More

GO In-Depth Cover Crop Event, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Folks started showing up in the Grand Hotel Lobby bright and early on Thursday morning. The weather forecast looked perfect for a day out in the countryside. Old friends were greeted, and new acquaintances were made. If I had a dime for every time I heard someone say, “you’re Kyla! Nice to put a face to your name” I’d have a pocket full of dimes. Read More

Trucking Ugly- What to expect for fall shipping, 2018.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Expect delays in pickup and delivery due to overwhelming volumes. With the new ELD laws in full effect for both Over the Road and Intermodal drayage carriers, we’re now seeing the fall out. Capacity and pricing on the Over the Road has pushed the demand over to Intermodal that is presently at a twelve-year high, or 120 % full capacity by ramp, across the US domestic market. Read More

Transportation Issues Update

Thursday, March 01, 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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