An upswing in construction of permanent on-farm storage may also explain why fewer grain bags are being seen.  |  File photo

Fewer grain bags reflect smaller prairie crop

That’s the case in the southern Prairies, but bag sales have been brisk in the north, where the crop is larger

Portions of the prairie landscape are not as white as usual this time of year and that’s not a reference to snow. A poster named Saskfarmer3 on Agriville’s Commodity Marketing forum said he recently drove from Balgonie, Sask., to Brooks, Alta., and could count the number of white grain bags on his fingers and toes. […] Read more

Once constructed, Alberta Midland Railway Terminal northeast of Edmonton plans to have storage for 850 rail cars and serve energy and agriculture companies that own private fleets.  |  File photo

Rail storage firm eyes agriculture

A new storage and mustering site will accommodate 300 rail cars by the end of this month when Alberta Midland Railway Terminal Ltd. opens its first phase in Lamont County northeast of Edmonton. And by this fall, likely sometime in October, the new terminal will have an 850-rail car capacity to serve private fleet owners […] Read more

This 2,300-bushel hopper bin contained 1,600 bu. of canola when it caught fire near Kelvington, Sask. In this photo, the hopper’s legs had already been pulled off with a tractor in an attempt to move the bin. | Jim Shirley photo

Fire in canola hopper bin causes consternation

An extraordinary photo that went viral on social media depicting a Dec. 6 bin fire should serve as a stark reminder of how wrong things can go when storing canola. The cause of the fire is a mystery to its owner, Jim Shirley, who farms about 1,000 acres near Kelvington, Sask. Shirley found out about […] Read more


Plan storage beyond expectations

There are three reasons why many farms have a bigger and better grain handling and storage facility than the wooden-crib elevator that once stood a few kilo-metres down the road: Farms are bigger, and so are yields. Producers are doing more of their own drying and cleaning. The corn tsunami forced growers in Canada’s growing […] Read more