Where Are the Cars?

As Texas farmers began threshing the greatest winter wheat crop in U.S. history this week, the news for the world's hungry was good. Best estimates place the crop at 1.3 billion bushels, more than double any average prewar year. But the chances of starting the wheat on its way promptly are worse than ever. Fewer boxcars are available than in the worst war years. In the Texas Panhandle, farmers are already scouting around for circus tents to cover the grain on the ground until the railroads can move it. As the harvesters move north in the next month, the...

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