Re: When is the grain rush?


Douglas Harding <dharding@...>
 

There was essentially no "grain rush" as we know it today, in the 30's. Farmers fed their livestock the grain, ie corn and oats,
they raised. It was only after WWII and the need to feed the world, along with the advent of hybrid seeds, that grain production
increased and exports were financially viable. That is when the "grain rush" became a part of railroading.

Wheat was the only grain moved much, and it went from the wheat fields (east of Wyo) to the milling districts, ie Minneapolis and
Kansas City. Corn was fed to hogs and cattle, it did not move by rail in quantity until the 50's. Oats were raised to feed
livestock, ie horses and mules, until the tractor replaced horses after WWII. Soybeans were not a large crop until the 50's.

Sugar beets would be one crop with a fall rush, usually Sept & Oct. Sugar beets were raised in northern Iowa and Minnesota until
Soybeans pushed beets further north and to the west. Check the reports for gons and hoppers full of sugar beets, this may be the
only "grain rush" on the UP in the 30's.

Doug Harding
www.iowacentralrr.org

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