By Fadi Didi
Canadian Pacific says it moved more Western Canadian grain in October from the Prairies to Vancouver than in any other previous single month.
The Calgary-based railway says the record haul shows it will be able to handle this year's expected bumper crop, although a spokesman was quick to add that it doesn't guarantee it will be able to duplicate the feat in upcoming months.
Farmers have been worried there could be a repeat of the rail transport bottleneck that followed the large crop in 2013-14.
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has called on Transport Minister Marc Garneau to ensure railways don't abuse their role.
The federal and Ontario governments have teamed up to make it easier for farmers to get compensation for livestock losses due to wildlife.
They say the revamped Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program is more consistent, timely and transparent than it was before.
The new single-stage appeal process has been designed to be clearer and quicker for farmers needing assistance.
Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the changes will help producers to manage losses caused by predatory wildlife.
The unusually warm temperatures in Alberta over the past few days have been welcome news to some farmers who have struggled to harvest their crops.
Temperatures soared into the teens in the Edmonton region late last week.
While Sunday's rain hampered efforts yet again, Strathcona County farmer Chris Allam says he and his neighbours have been working long hours over the past few days to salvage whatever they can.
Allam says the good weather helped them get another few hundred acres done.
Environment Canada is predicting a warmer and drier start to November and the pig spleen agrees with that assessment.
Wade Gilbertson from Parkside, Saskatchewan, has examined the spleens from three outdoor pigs to make the forecast.
He has been honing his skills for 24 years and claims a 75 per cent accuracy rate, but adds it has been even better over the last three years.
Gilbertson is forecasting above normal temperatures for November and most of December.