Canola out of a new rail terminal at Northgate
Cameron Nordin can’t wait until the first trains start hauling grain and canola out of a new rail terminal at Northgate, Saskatchewan, destined for U.S. markets.
Right now, most of the crops from his southeast Saskatchewan farm near Oxbow are trucked about 60 miles east to a Cargill elevator at Elva, Manitoba. He has other options too, at Carnduff and Estevan, but both of those elevators are still 45 minutes to an hour drive away. Once the new 2.5-million bushel Northgate grain terminal serviced by BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railway is fully operational later next year it will be one more very handy marketing option.
“And aside from being handy to our farm, we won’t have to haul grain uphill to get to an elevator,” says Nordin, who along with his brother crop about 7,000 acres about six miles east of Northgate. “It’s not a big issue but it does make it nice if you don’t have to climb out a river valley when hauling grain.
“I am delaying my marketing as long as I can this year and hopefully we can move some commodities through Northgate later this year.”
The Northgate project, officially known as the Northgate Commodity Logistics Hub, has stirred up a fair bit of interest among farmers in southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It is expected the grain terminal will serve as a marketing option for farmers within a 150 to 200 kilometre trading area. Northgate isn’t just a shipping point, the company will be buying grains, oilseeds and pulses for its customers in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as offshore.