Source: Kansas City Southern

Dec 06, 2021

Kansas City Southern Sets Grain Shipment Record

Company achieved record by delivering all-time low cross-border grain shuttle train cycle times

In November, Kansas City Southern (KCS) achieved record daily average grain carloads, exceeding the previous record for daily average grain carloads set in October 2021.

KCS achieved this record by delivering all-time low cross-border grain shuttle train cycle times.

“These grain milestones are the result of continuous improvement initiatives and an intense focus on our service,” says John Orr, KCS executive vice president operations.

“They are the result of months of challenging our historic processes and engaging at a deeper level to improve our customer value proposition.”

Michael Naatz, KCS executive vice president and chief marketing officer, says their grain customers have benefitted from improved equipment availability and cycle times, better positioning them to win in their markets.

KCS’ rail lines receive and originate shipments of grain and grain products for delivery to a variety of consumers in the U.S. and Mexico. KCS’ cross-border grain shipments represent some of the longest lengths of haul on the network, originating in the midwestern U.S. states of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska and moving into central and southern Mexico.

An intense cross-functional focus on customer service and operational performance is driving near record velocity and dwell performance at KCS.

These improvements in performance metrics benefit grain customers, as well as KCS’ customers in all other sectors.

Recently Added to Buyer's Guide

Bovizyme™ GA Enzyme

  • Enzyme solution that improves starch digestion efficiency for non-steam flaker feed yards
  • Improved feed efficiency through increased bodyweight gain and lower feed intake

VersaMix Triple Shaft Mixers

  • For mixing applications requiring efficient powder dispersion and critical homogenization of medium to high viscosity slurries, pastes, gels, creams and suspensions
  • High-shear mixer with solids/liquid injection manifold (SLIM) technology rotor/stator

GUC-F Controller

  • Multichannel feeding and dosing controller
  • Control solution for feeding and weighing applications in powder handling applications
  • Flexible and modular design with analog and digital load cells


  • Offers accurate and reliable continuous mass flow measurement of bulk solids with an accuracy of +/- 0.5% full scale
  • Measures mass of flowable solids with densities of 10 to 100 pounds/cubic foot and flow rates from 700 to 7,000 cubic feet/hour


  • 10.1” touchscreen
  • Easy to install in new or existing systems

Sanderson Farms Feed Mill Expansion - Kinston, NC

  • Construction of a whole grain silo expansion (76’ diameter x 145’ tall) to hold 500,000 bushels
  • Expansion also includes a 12’x17’x22’ deep boot pit extension at the end of the existing receiving tunnel


Marketwatch: Jan, 27

US Corn Price Idx: ZCPAUS.CM

open: 6.0509
high: 6.1392
low: 6.0271
close: 6.1307

US Soybean Price Idx: ZSPAUS.CM

open: 13.6827
high: 13.9874
low: 13.6618
close: 13.954

US Hard Red Winter Wheat Price Idx: KEPAUS.CM

open: 8.0183
high: 8.0333
low: 7.8538
close: 7.9653

US Soft Red Winter Wheat Price Idx: ZWPAUS.CM

open: 7.6378
high: 7.6553
low: 7.4777
close: 7.5549