APAS calls for railways to pay demurrage when grain is delayed

The president of Saskatchewan’s largest farmer-directed lobby group wants railway companies to cover port demurrage costs that occur when rail service is delayed and deliveries of contracted grain to port fall behind schedule. Todd Lewis, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway should cover financial penalties […] Read more

APAS finds interest in farm input price survey

Association studies factors that affect prices of important inputs and hopes a permanent survey could be established

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan continues to work on a project that aims to learn more about farm input prices in the province. APAS launched the Agricultural Price and Risk Management Project in August 2017 to learn more about the factors that affect the prices for important agricultural inputs such as fuel, fertilizer and […] Read more

Gerrand leaves G3 Canada

G3 Canada has a new chief executive officer. The Winnipeg based grain company announced earlier today that Karl Gerrand, the company’s top executive since early 2015, is no longer with the company. Gerrand has been replaced by Don Chapman. “The G3 Canada Ltd. board of directors announced Tuesday (April 3) that CEO Karl Gerrand is […] Read more

Cold delays provincial highway weight restrictions

Saskatchewan’s highways ministry announced April 2 that it has suspended road bans on provincial highways. The move means spring weight restrictions will not be applied to provincial highways, at least not for the time being. However, bans on some rural municipality roadways remain in effect. Cold weather has delayed the spring thaw in Saskatchewan, meaning […] Read more

Williams remembered as respected leader

Western Canadian agriculture is mourning the loss of one of it most recognized and dedicated academics, teachers, extension workers and promoters. Charles Melville Williams, known as Red, passed away March 26 at the age of 93. During a career that spanned eight different decades at the University of Saskatchewan, Williams established deep connections in the […] Read more

Railways miss their own delivery targets

There are many factors that can affect how quickly harvested grain moves from a remote farm location in Western Canada to an outbound ocean vessel on Canada’s West Coast. According to sources in the grain industry, the main factors behind this year’s shipment delays aren’t much different than usual — bad weather and bad industry […] Read more

Pulse exports down, grain and oilseeds up

Canadian Grain Commission releases figures on agricultural exports for first half of 2017-18 crop year

The Canadian Grain Commission has released figures that shed new light on the pace of Canada’s agricultural exports in the first half of the 2017-18 crop year. Not surprisingly, the figures show a drastic reduction in exports of Canadian field peas and lentils. However, the pace of wheat and canola shipments — Western Canada’s two […] Read more

Canadian National Railway to replace chief executive officer

Canadian National Railway is looking for a new chief executive officer. The company’s board of directors announced March 5 that Luc Jobin, the company’s CEO since 2016, is leaving CN immediately. In a March 5 news release, CN said Jean-Jacques Ruest will serve as CN’s interim president and chief executive officer until a permanent replacement […] Read more

More automation increases the safety danger

FARM SAFETY Too much automation can reduce operator awareness and contribute to more worker injuries

Today’s farm machinery is bigger, faster, more powerful and more expensive than ever before. And in many cases, it also offers a greater level of automation, taking pressure off the operator to perform mundane tasks accurately and efficiently, such as steering in a straight line between headlands. However, according to University of Saskatchewan researcher Behzad […] Read more

Who’s in the farmer’s corner?

Dispute over value of malting barley leaves Alberta farmer searching for answers; 
grain commission warns against ‘literal interpretation’ of grain act

Is the Canada Grain Act adequately protecting grain farmers? Are provisions in the act being properly enforced? Those are two questions Alberta barley producer Mike Greeno is asking after a contract dispute with a major Canadian grain company. Greeno, who farms near Lethbridge, delivered a sample of barley to a well-known Canadian elevator company in […] Read more