Organic company gives Sask. elevators new life

An American company that buys organic and non-genetically modified crops has bought two small elevators in Saskatchewan. Pipeline Foods LLC, which identifies itself as a supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GM and organic food and feed, said it is buying elevators in Wapella and Gull Lake. Wapella, a 3,500 tonne facility, and Gull […] Read more

Grain trains: New models are bigger, haul more

1. They’re lighter

The new generation of grain train is not your daddy’s grain train. There are many differences, but two of the biggest changes are: Railways are running longer trains. New hopper cars can carry more grain. Eventually Canada’s government owned fleet of grain hopper cars will be replaced, and when they are, crop movement will become […] Read more

Russian action to buoy grain prices

Political and economic turmoil, including export taxes, expected to influence global grain supply

Political and economic instability in Russia should prop up the wheat market for the next several months, says a CWB markets expert. The effect could persist into the 2015-16 crop year. Russia followed up months of speculation by imposing export duties on wheat in late December to help lower domestic bread prices and minimize the […] Read more

Durum shakes market volatility

WINNIPEG — The volatility in the global wheat market in recent weeks has largely bypassed durum, which has seen its premiums over hard red spring wheat erode slightly in Western Canada. “Durum does what it wants, when it wants,” said a Saskatchewan-based durum broker, who noted that the recent strength in Canada Western Red Spring […] Read more

UPDATED: Railways install new systems for allocating grain car orders

CN and CP Plans,including dedicated service for large grain shippers, aren’t enough to quell criticism from federal ag minister

UPDATED: Friday November 28, 2014 – 12:15 CST Canadian Pacific Railway has released additional information about recently implemented changes to its rail car allocation system. Officials with CP say one of the key elements of the company’s new car allocation system is a dedicated train program that allows large shippers more flexibility to control their […] Read more

Farmers need first-hand market assessment

It’s possible that Canada has thrown away its grain quality advantage and farmers don’t even know it. It’s not yet clear that this is happening, but producers need to wake up and demand that all parts of the grain industry ensure Canada’s hard-won reputation is maintained. Farmers need to know what customers think about the […] Read more

Better wheat basis surprises analysts

Milling wheat | Price rally for high quality grain is expected to continue following poor 2014 harvest

The basis for top quality spring wheat has tightened in a big way and likely has further to go, say analysts. “We’re seeing as high as $22 a tonne over Minneapolis futures,” said Derek Squair, president of Agri-Trend Marketing. That is a far cry from the mid-winter lows for No. 1 Canada Western Red Spring […] Read more

USDA report fails to lift market

Corn, soy prices fall | Lower global wheat ending stocks estimate helps lift wheat

The markets were fed moderately tasty bull feed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Oct. 10 report, but a bear came out and ate it. That’s how some analysts looked at the United States Department of Agriculture World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. The report posted U.S. production numbers and ending stocks that were seen […] Read more

U.S. officials want railways’ commitment

Rail service | American Senate hearings will probe backlogs and disruptions

A committee of U.S. senators was scheduled to begin hearings Sept. 10 on rail service issues affecting the transportation of grain and other American agricultural products. Republican senator John Thune from South Dakota said the hearings will look at grain car backlogs and other service disruptions that have affected farmers in South Dakota and neighbouring […] Read more

Manufacturers help fix vexing grain bag problem

Tighter rolling a major help | Manufacturers are responding to demands from farmers who are tired of the mess

Nobody likes seeing wads of spent grain bags piling up along the bush line or in dugouts, especially farmers. The more producers use grain bags to store bumper crops or as an alternative to permanent grain storage structures, the more piles of bags they create, says Curtis Chapman of Canadian Tarpaulin Manufacturers in Saskatoon. “Grain […] Read more