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June 20, 1990 | TED CILWICK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At first blush, these are boom times on the Palouse for farmers and the railroad that carries their peas and lentils to market. Washington-grown lentils in 1989 filled 308 freight cars bound for foreign export--a 51% increase over 1988 crops. This year, Union Pacific Railroad Co. and commodity shippers agree that at least 331 rail cars will be needed to carry the harvest. Union Pacific, which posted a $547-million profit in 1989, can't keep up with the demand for rail cars.
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June 20, 1990 | TED CILWICK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At first blush, these are boom times on the Palouse for farmers and the railroad that carries their peas and lentils to market. Washington-grown lentils in 1989 filled 308 freight cars bound for foreign export--a 51% increase over 1988 crops. This year, Union Pacific Railroad Co. and commodity shippers agree that at least 331 rail cars will be needed to carry the harvest. Union Pacific, which posted a $547-million profit in 1989, can't keep up with the demand for rail cars.
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