For the next few weeks, increased activity in the Southern Midwest due to the wheat harvest season will drive up rates, according to bulk freight industry watchers.
Many carriers in the area will be tied up as part of harvest programs that pay double the usual truck rates.
Wheat harvest season will start within the week in Northern Texas and Southern Oklahoma, according to reports. Some in the industry are predicting a larger-than-usual crop for Kansas.
“Wheat harvest can be tricky when it comes to available truck freight,” BulkLoadsNow.com's Jared Flinn said in a statement. “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.” - Jon Ross