CWB to push grain out of flood-prone areas

The Canadian Wheat Board aims to get out ahead of expected spring flooding by clearing elevator space now in certain parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The board Wednesday said it will allocate additional rail cars to elevators in flood-prone areas so affected farmers can then deliver accepted Series A and B grain.

The CWB said it “anticipates moving this grain as early as late February or early March.”

The forecasted flood-prone areas include:

  • the Red River watershed, from Emerson, Man. north to Winnipeg;
  • the Assiniboine River south to the U.S. border, from the Red River Valley west to Deloraine, Man.;
  • Manitoba’s Interlake region, from Winnipeg north to Arborg;
  • northwestern Saskatchewan, from Kindersley to Prince Albert; and
  • eastern Saskatchewan, from Lucky Lake east to Yorkton and from Weyburn north to Melfort.

Farmers with “at-risk” grain in those areas will need to call the CWB toll-free at 1-800-275-4292 to register for early movement.

Farmers who call will need to state their preferred delivery company and station, tonnes affected and bin locations.

A CWB farm business representative may also step in to verify claims, the board said.

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