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Crumbling river infrastructure is putting pressure on the ability of the U.S. to meet grain market demand.

Wooden dams and river jams: U.S. strains to ship record grains

In a story familiar to Prairie farmers, the U.S. grain-handling system is creaking under a heavy load

America’s worst traffic jam this fall occurred on the Ohio River, where a line of about 50 miles of boats hauling grains and other products turned into a water-borne parking lot, as ship captains waited for the river to reopen. Such delays are worsening on the nation’s waterways, which are critical to commerce for the

Saudi millers wrap up program at Cigi

Agroup of millers is taking home a host of new skills, after trading sand dunes for snowbanks to study in Manitoba. Eleven wheat processors from Saudi Arabia have spent the last six months learning all aspects of milling and wheat processing at the Winnipeg-based Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi). “For me I can relate what


Trade Says Study Does Not End CBOT Wheat Flap

The U. S. grain industry says a study suggesting the Chicago Board of Trade’s beleaguered wheat futures contract has not been ruined by huge inflows of Wall Street money does not fix a contract it calls “broken.” The Nat ional Grain and Feed Association said a study issued last week by top agricultural consultant Informa

“Hand-to-mouth” buying bites into PROs

Offset somewhat by recent declines in both the Canadian dollar and ocean freight rates, uncertainty in markets continues to impact buying behaviour among the Canadian Wheat Board’s customers, the board said. Grain processors have drawn down inventories, delayed capital investments and moved to “hand-to-mouth” purchasing at a time of record world wheat supply, the CWB

Mosaic CEO sees solid farm economy in 2009

U. S. fertilizer producer Mosaic Co. expects a solid farm economy in 2009 and does not see next year’s crop plantings being hurt by the effects of the credit freeze, its chief executive said in an interview. “To say ‘No, there are going to be no implications (on the farm economy from the credit crunch),’