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The old High Level elevator is a far cry from the high-efficiency terminal that will replace it.

New elevator ‘a dream come true’ for Peace Country community

New Richardson Pioneer facility the latest in a string of super-fast loading facilities on the Prairies

It’s been a hard growing season but producers in the High Level area have reason to celebrate — they will soon be enjoying the benefits of the movement that’s seeing new super-fast grain elevators pop up across the Prairies. Richardson Pioneer has started construction on the new elevator, which will be connected to CN Rail […] Read more




Mortise and tenon carpentry is a specialized form of building construction where large timbers are fit together. Recycled, large timbers from demolished grain elevators are a perfect resource for this building style.

Gone from the skyline, parts of Prairie sentinels live on

More than 5,000 wooden elevators are gone but some of their beautiful old-growth timbers survive

They’re mostly gone now, but parts of some of them will live on. Alberta’s first wooden grain elevator was constructed in 1895 and at the peak in the 1930s, there were nearly 1,800 of them. Today, there are only 88 left, more falling victim to demolition every year. More than 5,000 wooden grain elevators across […] Read more


Larger elevators, smaller rail cars seen in grain’s future

Winnipeg | CNS Canada –– Heading into the future, elevators will be more efficient and trains will carry more grain, according to industry professionals at the Grain World conference in Winnipeg. “I think there’s a real shift happening from low efficiency to the higher-efficiency facilities,” Karl Gerrand, CEO of G3, said Wednesday during the What […] Read more

GrainsConnect Canada’s four new elevators and loop tracks — all virtually identical to the one currently under construction at Maymont, Sask. — are designed to greatly speed the transportation of Prairie grain.

Need for speed is the key to Vegreville’s two new elevators

Viterra’s and GrainsConnect Canada’s new facilities will both be 
able to load huge unit trains in little more than half a day

Vegreville will soon be home to two new high-throughput elevators, and the demise of the Canadian Wheat Board is a big reason why, says the head of GrainsConnect Canada. The company’s two owners — Japan’s Zen-Noh Grain Corp. and Australia’s GrainCorp — both want access to Prairie grain and that prompted the decision to spend […] Read more


U.S. grain prices soar as floods shut waterways, threaten crops

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain farmers scrambled to find shelter for their crops and handlers hunted for alternative transportation routes, as widespread floods shut waterways from Illinois to Missouri and spurred a surge in physical prices of corn and soybeans. The sudden jump in prices could complicate a months-long stand-off between farmers who are […] Read more

Grain deliveries hit record high in September

CNS Canada — September was a very busy month for grain handlers in Western Canada, as farmer deliveries into the commercial pipeline hit their highest levels ever. Producers made deliveries of 5.879 million tonnes of the major grains and oilseeds during the month, topping the previous monthly record of 5.819 million tonnes set two years […] Read more


Before the hauling comes the contract with the grain company — and most never get read.

Three things to watch for when reading your grain contract

Two-part contracts, delivery terms, and extended delivery periods can cause problems down the road if you don’t read your grain contract carefully


Do you read your grain contracts from front to back? If so, you’re one of the few who do. A University of Manitoba study found only 17 per cent of Canadian farmers read their whole grain contracts — and that’s a mistake, says a grain industry expert. “For every grain buyer out there, the terms […] Read more

In this Nov. 11 photo, the Alberta Farmers’ Co-operative Elevator Company structure is already down while the top is off of the Alberta Pool Elevator model before 
it is ultimately toppled.

Demolition at Warner’s famed elevator row

With the loss of two classic pioneer sentinels Alberta’s pioneer heritage takes a serious blow

For Cody Kapcsos the shock of seeing the wreckage earlier this month at Warner was like looking at a once beautiful loved one and encountering utter physical devastation. “When I saw what happened to this iconic and beautiful row it was shocking to see, like someone whose beauty had long deserved admiration but now there […] Read more