To add more fuel to the fire, railroad companies added more load on the farmer's back by taking advantage with astronomical prices to transport grain. A lack of competition among the railroads accounted for high costs, sometimes making a shipment of grain nearly unprofitable(doc h). Moreover, railroads gained control over grain storage prices, enabling their influence over the market of price of crops. Justifying the transport prices became all to common and unchallengeable due to the lack of competition(doc g).
Reform had been inevitable at this rate, farmers got caught in a cycle of credit that meant longer hours and more debt with every year.
Good farming land quickly became scarce and the banks took over the mortgages of farmers who couldn't keep up with payments on their loans; the railroads, tugging the rope from the other end took advantage of farmers by charging them excessive prices for shipping and