Carman-headquartered Linear Grain will soon be handling Canadian Wheat Board crops, giving farmers another delivery option.
“We’re slowly increasing our storage capacity to better serve our customers,” Linear grain merchant Ryan McKnight said in an interview Aug. 27. “We’ve bought another 10 big bins increasing our (grain storage) capacity by about 1,600 metric tonnes.”
To start, most CWB deliveries will occur at Linear Grain’s Carman facility. It also has a facility at Portage la Prairie but most of its capacity is dedicated to edible beans, McKnight said.
Linear Grain has invested in a new protein tester and probe to sample grain as it’s delivered by truck.
Although south-central Manitoba is known for special crop production, including corn and beans, wheat is still a major crop in the area and is expected to continue to be, McKnight said.
Linear Grain is a privately owned, licensed and bonded company founded in 1981. It purchases corn, oats, edible beans, soybeans, canola, sunflowers, rye, barley and flax.
Before a grain company can take delivery of crops on behalf of the CWB it must sign an agreement with the CWB and be licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission as a primary elevator.
While the returns farmers receive on grain sold through the CWB are determined by the CWB, companies handling CWB crops compete for farmers’ business through service and grading. [email protected]