Producer car shipping
FTLComm - Tisdale - Tuesday, October 16, 2007

It's problems like this that make it so painfull obvious to you the reader and to me trying to make sense out of things that agriculture is a remarkably complex enterprise.

As I understand it both barley and wheat are bought and sold through the Canadian Wheat Board so it makes that bottomline look pretty good if a producer could shave off some of the costs associated with dealing with a grain company. However, it is rare that one sees a farm operation shipping grain themselves.

I have heard that the railway companies lack enthusiasm for the process because they like to deal in full train deliveries and pick ups but regulations require that they provide the service and yet, few producers take advantage of this cost saving practice.

I would appreciate hearing from some producers who might explain to me my this practice is not far more popular.

Timothy W. Shire

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