With an excellent grain elevator infrastructure, easy access to highway and rail transportation options, and close proximity to Pacific Northwest ports, Montana wheat and barley is ready to move. The Montana Wheat and Barley Committee can help grain buyers meet their transportation needs.
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    Contact & Location Info
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    Rates
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  • Fuel Surcharge
    Archive
  • Montana Grain
    Movement Reports

Transportation Capacities

Montana Grain Elevator Contact and Location Information

For details about local grain elevators, including contact information and facility and rail capacities, click here to view the interactive Montana Grain Elevators GIS map, or click on the image below.

 

Grain Elevators in Montana Map

Rail Transportation Rates

Disclaimer: These rates are compiled for the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee by Whiteside and Associates, Transportation and Marketing Consultants, Billings.

Changes can occur without notice in this publication. Information contained herein is retrieved from freight tariffs lawfully published by BNSF and are believed to be complete and accurate at the time of publication. The MWBC is not responsible, however, for errors or omissions and suggests competent advice be sought in the event information contained herein is disputed. Federal law permits confidential contracts that contain rates lower than these.

Actual rates for wheat and barley are published in dollar amount per car in the tariffs. The freight rates here represent a cents per bushel calculation based upon average car loadings (for regular C6 covered hoppers) being experienced at grain loading facilities in Montana (3366 bushels per car for wheat, and 3847 bushels per car for barley, loaded to a maximum weight of 268,000 pounds). These calculations provide reasonable estimates of average loadings per car, but may vary slightly at a particular location, depending upon loading, weight of grain and other factors.

Anyone wishing to obtain a more detailed version of these rates containing the per car rates for large (C6X) cars, or historical information should contact the MWBC office at 406.761.7732.

BNSF Prices and Tools >

Fuel Surcharges

Effective January 1, 2006, the BNSF changed the fuel surcharge program from a percentage of the rate based to a mileage based surcharge for BNSF Direct to BNSF Direct destination pairs.

BNSF Direct 2006 Fuel Surcharges are now mileage based. BNSF Non-Direct continues to be a percentage of the base rate.

BNSF Direct
($/mile)
Non-Direct
(%)
  UP Direct
($/mile)
Non-Direct
(%)

2015

 

2015

January

$0.29

11.5%

 

January

$0.31

24%

February

$0.23

9.5%

 

February

$0.27

22%

March

$0.13

5%

 

March

$0.18

17.5%

April

 $0.09

 4%

 

April

 $0.16

 16.5%

May

 $0.10

 4%

 

May

 $0.16

 16.5%

June

 $0.08

 3%

 

June

 $0.14

 15.5%

July

 $0.10

 4%

 

July

 $0.16

 16.5%

August

 $0.10

 4%

 

August

 $0.16

 16.5%

September

 $0.08

 3%

 

September

 

 $0.14

 15.5%

October

 $0.03

 1%

 

October

 $0.10

 13.5%

November

     

November

   

December

     

December

   

Fuel Surcharge Archive

Effective January 1, 2006, the BNSF changed the fuel surcharge program from a percentage of the rate based to a mileage based surcharge for BNSF Direct to BNSF Direct destination pairs.

BNSF Direct 2006 Fuel Surcharges are now mileage based. BNSF Non-Direct continues to be a percentage of the base rate.

BNSF Direct
($/mile)
Non-Direct
(%)
  UP Direct
($/mile)
Non-Direct
(%)
2011
  2011
January
$0.48
19%
 
January
$0.21
19%
February
$0.50
20%
 
February
$0.23
20%
March
$0.23
9%
 
March
$0.26
21.5%
April
$0.28
11%
 
April
$0.30
23.5%
May
$0.36
14.5%
 
May
$0.37
27%
June
$0.40
16%
 
June
$0.40
28.5%
July
$0.39
15.5%
 
July
$0.39
28%
August
$0.36
14.5%
 
August
$0.39
27%
September
$0.36
14.5%
 
September
$0.37
27%
October
$0.35
14%
 
October
$0.36
26.5%
November
$0.34
13.5%
 
November
$0.35
26%
December
$0.33
13%
 
December
$0.34
25.5%
2010
 
2010
January
0.39
15.5
 
January
0.14
15.5
February
0.38
15.0
 
February
0.13
15.0
March
0.40
16.0
 
March
0.15
16.0
April
0.39
15.5
 
April
0.14
15.5
May
0.42
17.0
 
May
0.17
17.0
June
0.46
18.5
 
June
0.20
18.5
July
0.46
18.5
 
July
0.20
18.5
August
0.43
17.0
 
August
0.17
17.0
September
0.42
17.0
 
September
0.17
17.0
October
0.43
17.5
 
October
0.18
17.5
November
0.43
17.0
 
November
0.17
17.0
December
0.46
18.5
 
December
0.20
18.5
2009
 
2009
January
0.41
16.5
 
January
0.16
16.5
February
0.30
12.0
 
February
0.07
12.0
March
0.27
10.5
 
March
0.0
10.5
April
0.24
9.5
 
April
0.0
9.5
May
0.22
8.5
 
May
0.0
8.5
June
0.25
10.0
 
June
0.0
10.0
July
0.25
10.0
 
July
0.0
10.0
August
0.32
13.0
 
August
0.09
13.0
September
0.33
13.0
 
September
0.09
13.0
October
0.35
14.0
 
October
0.11
14.0
November
0.35
14.0
 
November
0.11
14.0
December
0.36
14.5
 
December
0.12
14.5
2008
 
2008
January
0.54
21.5
 
January
0.26
21.5
February
0.53
21.0
 
February
0.25
21.0
March
0.52
21.0
 
March
0.25
21.0
April
0.54
21.5
 
April
0.26
21.5
May
0.66
26.5
 
May
0.36
26.5
June
0.71
28.5
 
June
0.40
28.5
July
0.80
32.0
 
July
0.47
32.0
August
0.86
34.5
 
August
0.52
34.5
September
0.87
35.0
 
September
0.53
35.0
October
0.77
31.0
 
October
0.45
31.0
November
0.70
28.0
 
November
0.39
28.0
December
0.59
23.5
 
December
0.30
23.5
2007
 
2007
January
0.33
13.0
 
January
 
13.0
February
0.35
14.0
 
February
 
14.0
March
0.31
12.5
 
March
 
12.5
April
0.31
12.5
 
April
0.08
12.5
May
0.36
14.5
 
May
0.12
14.5
June
0.40
16.0
 
June
0.15
16.0
July
0.39
15.5
 
July
0.14
15.5
August
0.41
16.5
 
August
0.15
16.0
September
0.41
16.5
 
September
0.16
16.5
October
0.41
16.5
 
October
0.16
16.5
November
0.43
17.5
 
November
0.18
17.5
December
0.46
18.5
 
December
0.20
18.5
2006
 
2006
January
0.34
 
 
January
 
13.5
February
0.30
 
 
February
 
12.0
March
0.31
 
 
March
 
12.5
April
0.31
12.5
 
April
 
12.5
May
0.33
13.5
 
May
 
13.5
June
0.37
15.0
 
June
 
15.0
July
0.42
16.5
 
July
 
16.5
August
0.42
16.5
 
August
 
16.5
September
0.43
17.0
 
September
 
17.0
October
0.45
18.0
 
October
 
18.0
November
0.39
15.5
 
November
 
15.5
December
0.32
13.0
 
December
 
13.0