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A breakdown of record grain deliveries during Q1

A record 13.8 million tonnes of grain were delivered into Canada’s grain-handling system between Aug. 1 and Nov. 11, a Cargill Canada official said last week, citing Canadian Grain Commission figures.

The previous record of 12 million tonnes was set in 2006.

Of that 13.8 million tonnes, 11.5 million was delivered to primary elevators (10.74 million tonnes last crop year), 1.732 million direct to processors (1.754), 174,000 tonnes through producer cars (219,000) and 401,000 tonnes to eastern facilities (525,000).

Last year’s deliveries during the same period were 600,000 tonnes lower.

Deliveries to primary elevators were the highest in at least 10 years and probably 20, Cargill spokesperson Chantelle Donahue said in an email.

“As for shipments if you add CGC exports/domestic use together we’ve used 13.8 million tonnes (8.91 million of exports and 4.88 million domestic), which is a record high,” she wrote. “Exports at 8.9 million tonnes are 100,000 higher than last year, 75,000 higher than the year before, but below the record 9.9 million (set) in 1994.”

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Allan Dawson

Allan Dawson is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator based near Miami, Man. Covering agriculture since 1980, Dawson has spent most of his career with the Co-operator except for several years with Farmers’ Independent Weekly and before that a Morden-Winkler area radio station.

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