In Saskatchewan, the province's Water Security Agency (WSA) is advising the public of rapidly increasing water flows in the South Saskatchewan and North Saskatchewan rivers systems beginning this weekend. | File photo

Prairie river levels rise due to heavy rain

Heavy rains across much of Western Canada during the past week have resulted in high runoff and rising water levels in streams and river systems across the prairie provinces. In Saskatchewan, the province’s Water Security Agency (WSA) is advising the public of rapidly increasing water flows in the South Saskatchewan and North Saskatchewan rivers systems […] Read more

The company will spend approximately $445 million in British Columbia and another $305 million in Alberta on rail upgrades, maintenance and expansion projects. | File photo

CN unveils big spending plans

Canadian National Railway will spend about $750 million this year to upgrade its western Canadian rail network. The company will spend approximately $445 million in British Columbia and another $305 million in Alberta on rail upgrades, maintenance and expansion projects. In B.C., planned upgrades include the construction of about 5.6 kilometres of double track near […] Read more

Lush fields greet a woman and her son as they walk up a hill on the Brant Hutterite Colony near Brandt, Alta. Some parts of Alberta have been too wet with nearly 200,000 acres going unseeded, while others have recorded ideal moiture this year.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Northern Alberta farmers struggle with wet conditions

Persistent wetness in parts of northern Alberta has forced grain growers to leave hundreds of thousands of acres unseeded this spring, according to the provincial crop insurance program. Preliminary estimates suggest that more than 200,000 acres of insured cropland in the areas northeast and northwest of Edmonton and north of Highway 16 between Edmonton and […] Read more


At 224 hopper cars at recent shipment of durum was the largest single-origin grain train ever moved on the Prairies by Canadian Pacific Railway.  |  SWT photo

Big train a-comin’ from southwest Saskatchewan

If you blink, there’s a good chance you’ll miss the ghost town of Antelope, Sask., located about 40 kilometres southwest of Swift Current along the Trans-Canada Highway. But there was no missing the massive grain train that was loaded a few kilometres west of Antelope by the South West Terminal. The SWT train, consisting of […] Read more

Cargill plans fertilizer centre

Cargill says it will begin construction this month on a new state-of-the-art fertilizer retail and distribution centre in central Alberta. The US$30 million facility will be located at Camrose, adjacent to the company’s existing canola crushing plant. The facility will allow farmers who deliver canola to backhaul fertilizer, saving time and reducing fuel consumption. Completion […] Read more


Todd Hames, from Marwayne, Alta., will lead the new organization, which merged with the Canadian International Grains Institute. | Screencap via cerealscanada.ca

Cereals Canada names Alberta grain farmer as chair

Alberta grain farmer Todd Hames has been named the chair of the newly amalgamated Cereals Canada. Hames, from Marwayne, Alta., will lead the new organization, which merged with the Canadian International Grains Institute. Other western Canadian farmers named to the board include Hannah Konschuh, Brett Halstead, Jake Leguee, Glenn Tait, Robert Misko, Drew Baker and […] Read more

Export shipments of major Canadian grains including milling wheat, durum, canola and pulses have been steady since the COVID-19 pandemic knocked the wind out of other sectors of the Canadian economy.
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Grain movement “off the map”

Say what you will about COVID-19, but one thing is clear: The pandemic hasn’t had a negative impact on grain movement in Western Canada, or on export sales programs of some Canadian crops. Export shipments of major Canadian grains including milling wheat, durum, canola and pulses have been steady since the COVID-19 pandemic knocked the […] Read more

the AgriStability program requires immediate improvements to protect farm incomes against recurring economic losses caused by rising operating costs, lower net returns and unexpected market disruptions that affect the sale of key products, witnesses said.
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Groups urge AgriStability reform

Business risk management programs available to farmers need to be reworked and improved, according to witnesses providing testimony to the House of Commons agriculture committee. In particular, the AgriStability program requires immediate improvements to protect farm incomes against recurring economic losses caused by rising operating costs, lower net returns and unexpected market disruptions that affect […] Read more


G3 Morinville, north of Edmonton, and G3 Carmangay, about 150 kilometres south of Calgary, will feature the same high-efficiency infrastructure as G3's other elevators in Western Canada, the company said in a June 25 news release. | G3 photo

G3’s new facilities expected to boost grain-handling speed

Canadian grain export company G3 has added two more pieces to its state-of-the-art grain handling network in Western Canada. This week, the company announced the official opening of two new high-throughput elevators in Alberta. G3 Morinville, north of Edmonton, and G3 Carmangay, about 150 kilometres south of Calgary, will feature the same high-efficiency infrastructure as […] Read more

Werner Zacharias’s unwavering dedication to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank was said to be the key to the organization’s growth and popularity in west-central Saskatchewan.  |  Photo courtesy of Peter Janze

‘What a great way to give back’

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank remembers long-time benefactor who donated 190 acres of farmland to the organization

Hard working, devout, determined and beholden. Those are a few of the words that could be used to describe the late Werner Zacharias, who farmed, preached the gospel and raised a family of five children near Fiske, Sask., along with his wife, Elsie. Generous is another, said Rick Block. “In late 2017, I was made […] Read more