CWB concrete facility designed for fast load-out

Colonsay, Sask.,facility is geared to load 1,600 tonnes per hour, or four minutes per car

Construction of CWB’s new concrete grain elevator at Colonsay, Sask., is on schedule. Facility manager Ross Affleck said the new elevator, located 65 kilometres east of Saskatoon, is on track to receive its first grain deliveries this fall. The elevator is being built by FWS Group of Winnipeg, which specializes in slip form concrete construction. […] Read more

On-farm storage rising

WINNIPEG — Prairie farmers show no signs of backing away from Canada’s heavy reliance on on-farm grain storage, says a marketing executive with Farm Credit Canada. More on-farm storage for fertilizer and fuel is also likely in the future, Lyndon Carlson told the Keystone Agricultural Producers annual convention. “We’re seeing at Farm Credit and around […] Read more

Transportation bottleneck looms, warns U.S. official

Massive harvest predicted | The transportation system lacks the capacity to move this crop to market, says the head of CHS Inc.

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — The U.S. transportation network is inadequate to cope with bumper crops due to be harvested this season, creating a critical role for storage operations, the head of CHS Inc., a leading agricultural co-operative, said last week. Farmers, who had already struggled with a tight supply of rail cars delivering fertilizer this […] Read more

$1 million producer car facility opens doors

Grain growers in northeastern Saskatchewan are now making deliveries to a new farmer-owned producer car loading facility. The first load of grain to the site near Choiceland was delivered earlier this month. The $1 million facility, owned by Torch River Rail, has storage capacity of 56,000 bushels, enough to load 16 hopper cars at a […] Read more

Railways ‘irate’ over Ottawa’s ‘accusatory tone’ on service

Elevators also to blame | CN says grain companies are also at fault

The top executives at Canada’s major railways have expressed their disappointment in Ottawa’s decision to impose weekly targets on the amount of western Canadian grain that must be hauled to market. At a transportation symposium in New York City March 12, Canadian Pacific Railway president Hunter Harrison said he was irate with Ottawa’s March 7 […] Read more

CWB urges farmers to market grain early

Prairie farmers are expected to harvest a large crop this year, but protein levels will be lower than average and getting the crop to market could be a challenge. CWB pooling manager Dave Przednowek says this year’s large crop will put greater pressure on the logistical system. “The large size of this year’s crop means […] Read more

Farmers will pay more in fees if CGC fare changes proceed

Proposed fee changes at the Canadian Grain Commission will cost the grain industry about an additional $20 million per year by 2018, a cost that will ultimately be borne by farmers, according to industry observers. The grain commission released a new fee schedule Nov. 1, outlining services and proposed fees. Grain growers, farm groups and […] Read more

CWB pleased with grain movement, producer interest

Wheat committed to CWB pools is moving through the commercial grain handling system as expected, CWB officials said last week. However, some elevator companies in Western Canada are still not taking delivery of new crop CWB grain at certain locations, they added, stressing that delivery opportunities will improve as the marketing year progresses. “(Grain) companies […] Read more