CN to be fined for under-hauling grain — September 17, 2014


Canadian National Railway (CN) is set to be fined for allegedly failing to meet its now-mandatory minimum weekly grain handle. The as-yet unspecified penalty would be the first under the federal Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act passed earlier this year. [Related story] The Act requires CN and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) to move a minimum […]

New Holland to buy sprayer manufacturer Miller — September 11, 2014


Wisconsin precision spraying equipment maker Miller can expect to break further into the Canadian market following a friendly takeover by New Holland’s farm equipment arm. New Holland’s parent firm CNH Industrial announced a “definitive agreement” last week to buy the assets of Miller-St. Nazianz Inc. for an undisclosed sum. New Holland has had a manufacturing […]

U.S. lawmakers fault rail sector for slow service, profits — September 11, 2014


Washington | Reuters – U.S. rail operators must put investment ahead of profits to clear the way for grain, automotive and chemical shipments now clogging the tracks, lawmakers said at a congressional hearing Wednesday about the health of the rail grid. Rail backups in the U.S. Midwest are particularly acute, with farmers expected to harvest […]

Service to flag possible farm equipment safety issues — September 2, 2014


Farmers wanting to air concerns about possible safety hazards on new equipment now have another channel to move those issues forward. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) last week launched its “Speak Up For Safer Equipment” tool, an online form farmers can use to report safety concerns with farm equipment manufactured in the past five […]

Minogue: In tractors, data is the new tech — August 26, 2014


Boone, Iowa | Grainews — Data was the star of the show when Case IH launched its new lineup here during the U.S. Farm Progress Show. Jim Walker, Case IH’s vice-president for its North American agricultural business, told media that although this year’s launch doesn’t have the quantity of new products farmers have seen released […]

Railway audit inadequate before Lac-Megantic disaster, TSB says — August 20, 2014


Lac-Megantic, Quebec | Reuters — The Canadian government did not adequately audit the railroad company at the center of the Lac-Mégantic crude tanker disaster, which last year killed 47 people, an independent federal agency said on Tuesday, as it called for tougher scrutiny of the rail industry. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada, which issued […]

Cargill takes signing grain contracts online — August 18, 2014


Farmers signing grain contracts with the Canadian arm of Cargill no longer have to face the fax. Winnipeg-based Cargill AgHorizons announced Monday it now offers farmers the option of signing contracts electronically, using e-signatures connected to their accounts through the company’s website. The company said its e-signature service allows farmers to review and sign contracts […]

Omnitrax puts brakes on crude through Churchill — August 17, 2014


CNS Canada — Omnitrax has announced it will not be shipping oil through northern Manitoba’s Port of Churchill after all. The Denver-based company, which owns the Hudson Bay port facility and rail line serving it, had expressed interest in the idea, but said Friday it had suspended plans to ship crude oil for the foreseeable […]

Christian Jungmann, export sales 
manager (l) and Laurent Letzter, Canadian sales manager.

Meeting farmers’ needs with the right tool at the right time

German implement manufacturer Lemken bases its Canadian growth strategy on providing equipment tailored to local needs

This time the conversation was the opposite of what I’m used to. In the last few years it’s become common enough to hear North American machinery executives talk about how they’re going to get their share of the huge new markets in the emerging economies. But in May, I was at implement manufacturer Lemken’s factory […]

N.B. farm-plated trucks may haul for other farmers — August 5, 2014


Farmers in New Brunswick driving farm-plated trucks will soon be able to use those vehicles to haul for farmers other than themselves. Public Safety Minister Bruce Northrup last week announced the province will tweak its Motor Vehicle Act to allow farm-plated vehicles to transport other farmers’ products. Previously, a farmer could only haul his or […]