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Tropical Storm Nicholas in the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 14, 2021. (Nesdis.noaa.gov)

Some grain terminals restart after Ida as Nicholas rains arrive

Reuters — Another grain export terminal near Louisiana’s Gulf Coast shuttered for two weeks by Hurricane Ida restarted operations this week even as heavy rains from Tropical Storm Nicholas battered the region on Tuesday. Global grain trader Cargill said it had reopened its Westwego, La. grain export terminal and on Monday unloaded its first grain […] Read more

WGEA executive director Wade Sobkowich. (Manitoba Co-operator photo by Allan Dawson)

Railways to blame for terminal shortages, WGEA says

Grain handlers take issue with MarketsFarm report

MarketsFarm — The association representing the Prairies’ main grain handling companies says recent delays in loading vessels have less to do with the availability of grain and more to do with the railways hauling it to port. The Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA), which represents major handlers such as Viterra, Richardson, Cargill and others, raised […] Read more


A freighter is loaded with grain from a terminal at Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. (Maxvis/iStock/Getty Images)

Handlers focus on keeping grain moving despite COVID-19

Grain companies, Canadian Grain Commission working but unsure of future

Canada’s grain companies are committed to keeping grain moving to domestic and export customers, but how the spread of COVID-19 might affect business is still an unknown, says Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association. “We are are going to do everything in our power to keep grain moving at this time,” […] Read more

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Alberta grain elevators close to capacity, harvest yet complete

As Alberta elevators near 85 per cent of working capacity, concerns remain for a harvest not yet over

Reading Time: 3 minutes As harvest starts to wrap up in some areas of the province, producers can expect their grain to move a little quicker than it did following last year’s record harvest. But they’re not out of the woods yet. “Alberta’s starting to fill up again,” Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corporation, said in an Oct. 2 […] Read more


Eleven producers and grain industry representatives recently visited port facilities across the West Coast, like this one in Vancouver.  Photo: Alberta Barley

West Coast terminals have a beef with railways, too

Producers who recently toured terminal elevators say every 
official they met said railways are the bottleneck in the system


Reading Time: 4 minutes Turns out farmers aren’t the only ones with a beef with Canada’s railways — operators of West Coast ports say inadequate rail service is holding them back, too. Sylvan Lake farmer Michael Ammeter was one of 11 producers and grain industry representatives who toured ports in Portland, Vancouver, and Prince Rupert for five days in […] Read more