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As COVID has caused the global economy to grind to a halt, grain was in demand and rail capacity was suddenly freed up.

Record grain movement expected as crop year ends July 31

While COVID-19 is causing much misery, it’s also credited with a big surge in grain shipping since March

If you’re looking for a silver lining in the massive COVID storm cloud, look no further than grain movement out of Western Canada. COVID-19 has killed almost 9,000 Canadians, sickened thousands more and devastated Canada’s economy — and helped Canada move what’s expected to be a record amount of grain when the crop year ends

CN invests $105 million in Manitoba capital projects

CN Rail will invest $105 million in capital spending in Manitoba in 2020, Sean Finn, CN’s executive vice-president of corporate services and chief legal officer, said in an interview July 15. About half the money will be used for maintenance, including rail and tie replacement, bridges, level crossings, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure.


Record grain movement in May

Another month, another record

Canada’s two major railways moved a record amount of grain in May. For CN Rail May marked the third monthly record in a row having shipped 2.5 million tonnes of grain up from 2.4 million in May 2014, it said in a news release June 1. CP Rail moved 2.8 million tonnes of grain in May, beating its previous record set in May


Even as railways set shipping records, year-end carry-over continues to grow.

Grain shipping. It’s a good news-bad news story

The grain-handling system keeps setting records, even as carry-out keeps rising

[UPDATED: June 5, 2020] Despite major setbacks earlier in the shipping season and COVID-19, Canada’s railways are setting grain shipping records. *Year-to-date movement to Vancouver, Prince Rupert and Thunder Bay is two per cent ahead of last crop year’s (2018-19) pace, which ended with a record of 34.9 million tonnes shipped. Total shipments to all


COVID-19 hasn’t derailed Canadian grain shipping – yet

So far so good. That’s how Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, describes the impact COVID-19 has had on the grain supply chain. “We continue to monitor things,” he said in an interview May 6. “There could come a time when something occurs that puts us in the same boat as

Grain trains have been running fast and furious as CN Rail has made up for lost time.

CN ships record grain volume in March

The rail backlog from landslides, strike and blockades has been made up despite all odds

CN Rail is on a roll. The company shipped a record 2.65 million tonnes of grain in March, surpassing the previous 2017 record of 2.47 million tonnes by seven per cent. It’s due to a combination of increased capacity through capital investments, good weather and reduced oil and potash traffic, although lumber and container traffic

Grain elevator companies set COVID-19 protocols

Goal is to keep people safe and grain flowing

If there ever was a sector that could operate during a pandemic, it’s grain. The Prairies are famous for wide open spaces, so with some planning and forethought farmers, truckers, grain companies, railways and terminal operators can keep moving Canadian grain to market, safely, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. “We don’t anticipate any issues to be


Grain keeps moving despite virus

COVID-19: For now the coronavirus hasn’t affected the supply chain

As Canadians increasingly hunker down at home hoping to slow the spread of COVID-19, Prairie grains and oilseeds continue to move from farms to markets, at home, to export terminals and the United States. “Our members are going to do their best to keep the supply chain moving,” Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western

Elevators implement COVID-19 protocols to keep grain moving

Canada’s grain companies are still moving grain to market, but have implemented measures to protect staff and customers from COVID-19. Richardson-Pioneer, Viterra, G3, Cargill and Parrish and Heimbecker are all taking farmers’ grain but are restricting contact between staff and farmers and moving it to market, while using social distancing. “We remain open for business,