Ag retailers face trucking, supply chain issues for delivery

A Nebraska ag retailer says a shortage of truck drivers could be to blame for shipping delays from manufacturers.

Brandon Rimpley with Norder Supply in Orleans tells Brownfield they’re struggling to get supplies like fertilizer and seed now but lucked out because many of their orders came in several months ago.  “We rely a lot on third party truckers. Some of those companies can’t get drivers so that causes us to do less,” he says. “We’ve been getting everything done but it’s been a hassle and it’s forced us to be more efficient.”

He says they’ve adapted by streamlining their process.  “We’re making sure everybody is talking to each other so that way we can double up loads where we need to and picking up loads on the way back or stuff like that.”

Rimpley says they’re getting more time to deliver products because Mother Nature isn’t allowing farmers to plant. “Soil temperature isn’t where it needs to be, so keep the seed in the shed and don’t worry about what the neighbors are doing and just wait until the soil is right and not so much like everybody else,” Rimpley said.

He says they delivered their first batch of treated soybeans earlier this week.

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