Ottawa is suing HBRC for $18 million, claiming that the company failed to live up to terms in a 2008 contract that required the company to maintain rail service on a section of track in northern Manitoba until 2029. The track has been out of service since early 2017 after flooding caused extensive damage. | OmniTrax photo

Railway ordered to repair damaged track to Churchill

The federal government is moving ahead with legal action against the Hudson Bay Railway Company (HBRC), a subsidiary of North American railroading company OmniTrax Inc. Ottawa is suing HBRC for $18 million, claiming that the company failed to live up to terms in a 2008 contract that required the company to maintain rail service on […] Read more

The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) announced June 22 that it has decided to join the industry group. | Screencap via cerealscanada.ca

Sask Wheat joins Cereals Canada

Cereals Canada has a new member. The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) announced June 22 that it has decided to join the industry group. For years, Sask Wheat directors had opted against joining Cereals Canada, saying the organization may not always represent the best interests of Saskatchewan wheat growers on certain issues. Sask Wheat […] Read more

A windy day can provide ‘directional certainty,’ but farmers should avoid spraying in extreme conditions. | File photo

Wind can be an applicator’s friend, says expert

A windy day can provide ‘directional certainty,’ but farmers should avoid spraying in extreme conditions

Wind, wind, wind: it keeps the bugs away, but if you’re a busy farmer with thousands of acres of crop to spray, it can be a royal pain in the neck. Applying expensive and potentially damaging chemicals in windy conditions is not an ideal scenario, says Tom Wolf, a chemical application expert and president of […] Read more


Quebec agricultural co-op plans $90 million grain terminal

Quebec-based farm co-operative La Coop Fédérée is planning to build a $90 million grain transfer terminal at the Port of Quebec in Quebec City. The company said the new terminal will have annual export capacity of 1.3 million tonnes and ship Canadian grain primarily to European and Asian markets. The terminal’s location on the St. […] Read more

Ottawa is suing HBRC for $18 million, claiming that the company failed to live up to terms in a 2008 contract that required the company to maintain rail service on a section of track in northern Manitoba until 2029. The track has been out of service since early 2017 after flooding caused extensive damage. | OmniTrax photo

Regulator orders HBR to repair damaged track

The federal government is moving ahead with legal action against the Hudson Bay Railway Company (HBRC), a subsidiary of North American railroading company OmniTrax Inc. Ottawa is suing HBRC for $18 million, claiming that the company failed to live up to terms in a 2008 contract that required the company to maintain rail service on […] Read more


Little-used sections of rail line like this one can be found across the Prairies. APAS president Ian Boxall says if Ottawa is serious about re-establishing the Port of Churchill as a viable export route for prairie grain, it should focus its regulatory efforts on re-opening the Tisdale subdivision in northeastern Saskatchewan. | WP photo illustration

Farmers call for reopening of Tisdale rail subdivision

UPDATED: June 19, 2018 – 0955 CST – adds CN emailed comment – If Ottawa is serious about re-establishing the Port of Churchill as a viable export route for prairie grain, it should focus its regulatory efforts on re-opening the Tisdale subdivision in northeastern Saskatchewan. That’s according to Ian Boxall, a Tisdale-area farmer who also […] Read more

The company announced its plan in a June 7 news release, adding that grain shippers can expect to see 500 so-called

CP plans $500M fleet renewal

Canadian Pacific Railway plans to spend more than $500 million on new high-capacity grain hopper cars over the next four years. The company announced its plan in a June 7 news release, adding that grain shippers can expect to see 500 of the so-called jumbo hopper cars in CP’s fleet before the end of 2018. […] Read more

Grading changes should benefit farmers: CGC

The Canadian Grain Commission is updating guidelines that are used to assess frost, heat and mildew damage in wheat. The move, announced June 6, is expected to reduce grade losses in wheat and put more money in the pockets of farmers, say sources in the industry. “It’s an incremental move toward a more objective grading […] Read more


Hopper car renewal raises new questions about freight rates

Canada’s two largest railways are planning to spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years buying thousands of new grain hopper cars. Canadian Pacific Railway plans to acquire 5,900 cars over the next four years at a cost of more than $500 million while rival railway Canadian National Railway plans to buy […] Read more

U.S. resumes conservation reserve program

The United States Department of Agriculture announced June 1 that it will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made the announcement calling the CRP “a powerful tool to encourage agricultural producers to set aside unproductive, marginal lands that should not be farmed ….” Resumption of […] Read more