Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School


First Advisor

William F. Payne


The objectives of this thesis are: 1. Estimate the cost equations of transporting grain by farm truck and semi-trailer truck in South Dakota, 2. Estimate the cost of transporting grain by farm truck in the Watertown to Doland and Watertown to Stratford branch line market areas, and 3. Use the results of objectives 1 and 2 to evaluate various alternatives if branch line abandonment occurs in the above market areas. The alternatives to be studied are: a. Trucking grain to the nearest elevator without rail service and receiving less for grain, b. Trucking grain to the nearest elevator with rail service and thereby increasing transportation costs to the farmer, and c. The purchase of semi-trailer trucks by local grain elevator managers.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Grain -- Transportation
Trucking -- South Dakota
Railroads -- Abandonment -- South Dakota




South Dakota State University

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