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Farmers once again railing against slow grain movement

Slow grain movement this winter is bringing back bad memories for many

Despite recent improvements to rail transportation in Canada, farmers are still forced to rely on a largely unreliable system. “Rail is the backbone of the economy, but it’s also the Achilles heel,” said Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corporation. The 2016-17 crop year was one for the books. Despite a slow start, the system set […] Read more



A record amount of grain was moved through West Coast terminals in the last crop year, but Alberta crop commissions say 
the system still isn’t working properly.

Grain transport problems solved? Not quite

Mandated minimums for grain movement are set to expire this summer — 
but Alberta crop industry leaders say they’re still needed

Canada’s railways moved a record amount of grain for the 2014-15 crop year — but any improvements were mostly thanks to luck, not fixes to the system, say users. “A lot of the same issues that were evident in 2013 and 2014 are still there, but we’ve had a good run based on excellent weather, […] Read more


There’s still plenty of grain in the system as well as much higher-than-normal carry-over, but record movement has opened up space.

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

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