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Old 02-20-2007, 11:46 PM
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I'm new the industry and just trying to look anywhere I can for a grain hauling job in the midwest, like MN or WI. Any help that anyone has would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Old 02-21-2007, 12:11 AM
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I don't remember the names of the trucking outfits but there's alot of hauling, during season, to the packing plants in Green Bay, Manitowoc, and some other towns in Wi.

Biggest canners are Lakeside Foods Inc., Lodi Canning., and Del Monte Foods.
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I'm new the industry and just trying to look anywhere I can for a grain hauling job in the midwest, like MN or WI. Any help that anyone has would be greatly appreciated!!!

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I used to do grain hauling in that area a few years ago. There are quite a few of them around the DePere area and south. I used to run for Fox Valley Alfalfa Mill out of Hilbert, WI. Not the greatest company to run for, but they maintain their trucks very well. I wish I could remember some of the names of carriers, but I am drawing an absolute blank (I finally succeeded in forgetting that part of my life :lol: ).

You do realize how much work pulling a hopper bottom is, don't you? It isn't all just hauling grain around. Some of the garbage they put in those trailers is darn near impossible to get out. Nothing like standing on top of a load of Corn Gluten Pellets that you load at ADM in Cedar Rapids that were 120 degrees when they went in the trailer, and have turned into a rock because it is only 15 degrees outside. Darn messy work, too.
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Bowers Feed & Grain in Wrightstown & Olsens Crop Service near Oshkosh are 2 that come to mind.
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Bowers Feed & Grain in Wrightstown & Olsens Crop Service near Oshkosh are 2 that come to mind.
I used to deliver to both of those places!

Bowers is a crappy hole in the wall. :lol:
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Old 02-21-2007, 01:44 AM
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I've pulled either jars or cans, forget which, to a packing outfit north of Madison and I want to say Poynette(?). either way the town started with a P :P
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I think if you were smart you would forget about the grain business 8) and do Expediting for FedEx
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Cntrygrl22,

Here is two websites from Minnesota.

www.ajb.com, and www1.mnworks.org

I have seen some grain hauling jobs in S.W. Mn. Some companies haul grain for 7 mos., and pull belly dumps for the summer months!

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I you wanted to relocate to Ohio (still part of the Midwest although barely, we are slowly progressing into the Northeast) I know of a place where you could get setup with a local grain hauling gig.

The pros: $18/hr, cash on anything over 40, you'll sleep in your own bed at night, new equipment (05 & 06 Pete 379 and KW T800).

The cons: No bennies, that nightly sleep might be 4-5 hours a lot of nights, driving a Pete ( :P j/k just a little shot at the Pete lovers out there...), very long hours (most in this industry have never heard of the 14 hour rule or they just don't care), you are always overweight (usually 90K-100K+), and as Rev said the freight doesn't always flow like it should out of the hopper. The gluten pellets can harden, distillers darn near turns to molasses if there's any moisture in it and bean meal will turn to glue under the same circumstances. Some of these ingredients would make an excellent adhesive for the folks at NASA. Also, try spending a few moments outside your truck when something like dicalcium phosphate is being loaded. It'll make your lungs feel you just smoked four packs of cigs one after the other and it lingers for days.

Another plus might be that a lot of the times grain hoppers are usually shorter and easier to manuever. Then again try taking any type of combination into your average barnlot that is barely big enough for a straight truck and you'll have your backing and manuevering skills down in no time.

It can be OK and you might make a little money, but another option is that you could pull a rock bucket. In most cases you'll enjoy the same long hours, little sleep and overweight tickets that you'll get with a grain hopper, but usually your freight will flow a little more freely. Plus you'll still have the option to haul grain during the harvest season as most rock buckets are dual purpose in this area.
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The gluten pellets can harden, distillers darn near turns to molasses if there's any moisture in it and bean meal will turn to glue under the same circumstances.
Dark DDG = Bad. Light DDG = Good :lol:


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Some of these ingredients would make an excellent adhesive for the folks at NASA. Also, try spending a few moments outside your truck when something like dicalcium phosphate is being loaded.
I've seen many an elevator get stuck on a load of DiCal (but never by me - honest).

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It'll make your lungs feel you just smoked four packs of cigs one after the other and it lingers for days.
When I was doing grain hauling, I would go through an Albuterol inhaler ONCE A WEEK. Now, I go through one every year and a half or so.

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Another plus might be that a lot of the times grain hoppers are usually shorter and easier to manuever. Then again try taking any type of combination into your average barnlot that is barely big enough for a straight truck and you'll have your backing and manuevering skills down in no time.
I found that pulling a grain wagon made it much easier to pull a 53 footer. Gotta love those tandems being right at the tail end!

I thought of some more fun ones:

Meat and Bone meal (aka powdered pigs)
Blood meal (lots of fun in the summer when it is humid)
Ammonium Sulfate (nasty smelling fertilizer - never wants to flow in humid weather)
Fish Meal (stinky, greasy, nasty)
Whey (like plaster)
Sprouts (basically just dust)
Alfalfa Meal (a giant green clout of nastiness)
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