July, which is often set aside for vacations and trips to the golf course, was a busy month for western Canadian farmers, truckers and grain handlers, especially those in Saskatchewan.
Figures released last week by Statistics Canada show that prairie farmers delivered nearly 5.37 million tonnes of grain in July.
It was the Prairies’ second largest one-month haul in the past five years, surpassed only by last September when 5.39 million tonnes were delivered. July deliveries were especially large in Saskatchewan, where farmers harvested huge crops last year and had limited delivery opportunities last winter.
Saskatchewan deliveries of major grains, including wheat, durum, barley, oats, flax and canola, exceeded three million tonnes last month.
Historically, deliveries of Saskatchewan grain have rarely exceeded three million tonnes in any month.
It has happened only six times since 1980, most recently in July 1997.
Farmers in most parts of Saskatchewan are expected to harvest an average to moderately above-average sized crop.
For producers who still have significant amounts of grain on the farm, storage space could be at a premium.