One of the speakers at the summer meeting of the U.S. Grains Council in Omaha was Hasan Hyder, assistant vice president for grain and grain products with Union Pacific Railroad. Hyder says UP is ramping up in preparation for another big grain harvest this fall. By the end of the year, he says, the railroad will have over 1,500 additional covered hopper cars to handle the grain products business, compared to last year. But Hyder still anticipates demand to be greater than their car capacity.
Here is an excerpt from comments Hyder made to news media in Omaha.