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Larger Grain Supplies Pressure Canadian Rail System

Expert worries rail and grain-handling capabilities may not keep up with increased crop production

Railroad tracks

Western Canadian grain supplies have steadily increased during the past two decades and they show no sign of slowing down, reports The Western Producer.

This raises concerns about the ability of Canada’s grain-handling and transportation system to move greater volumes of grain each year.

Mark Hemmes, a grain transportation expert and president of Quorum Corp., says larger grain supplies will continue to put pressure on Canada’s major rail companies and on the country’s transportation infrastructure.

Throughput at Canada’s primary elevators was up 7.3 percent from the previous year at a record 48.8 million tonnes and total movements by rail were up 4.8 percent to a record 54.3 million tonnes.

Total shipments through western export terminals were also up 6.4 percent to a record 37.1 million tonnes.

Read the full report at The Western Producer.

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