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Crop year ends with grain export record

Both major railways have announced record grain shipments, and with a more than a week left in the crop year, total Canadian grain exports had already topped last year’s record. The Canadian Grain Commission reports that as of July 21, with 10 days left in the 2018-19 crop year, total exports of Canadian grain had […] Read more

Fifty-six per cent is not a passing grade

In a special guest editorial Vicki Dutton argues for federal action on rail service

Knock knock jokes are as old as the hills. For those of you who never had the pleasure, they went this way: “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” Then a roll-your-eyes type Q & A would ensue. These days rail service feels like a knock knock joke. The billion-dollar question is when and if cars will arrive. […] Read more

Hold off on closing producer-car loading sites, says APAS president

Government needs to "get off the pot" and do a full rail costing review

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is asking for a time-out on Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway’s planned closure of 10 producer-car loading sites. “It’s great to have legislation (saying) that we can get producer cars, but if there’s nowhere to drop them off, it’s not going to help anybody,” says Todd Lewis, president of […] Read more

Once the mercury drops below -25 C, a rail car's steel wheels can become 'out of round' from dramatic heating and cooling from braking.

Grain movement chills in winter

Why can’t the railways push through winter? Kyle Petluk hails from Alberta’s Peace River region. He was one of few farmer delegates at the Field on Wheels transportation conference in Winnipeg last December. Farmers are hurting after last winter, not CN and CP shareholders, he said during an interview. “(The railways are) saying it’s a […] Read more

A CN train waits at a Cargill terminal near North Battleford, Sask., on December 4. While grain movement has picked up in recent months, farmers still have long-term concerns about the transportation system.

Farmers still concerned about grain movement

Grain is moving more freely this winter, but concerns linger

The grain industry’s transportation woes have eased somewhat over the last few months, but farmers’ concerns linger. To get a sense of where things are at and what need to be done to resolve the complex issues around transportation, Grainews spoke to farmers from each Prairie province. Grain bound for ports at the West Coast […] Read more