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Wheat exports big in Churchill

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THE Canadian Wheat Board shipped its second-highest wheat volume in three decades through Churchill, in the northern navigation season just ended.

The northern port handled 529,000 tonnes of Prairie wheat. In 2007, it handled 621,000 tonnes, the largest volume since 710,000 tonnes went through the port in 1977.

The last ship, the Venta, left the port Oct. 27 with 23,000 tonnes of wheat and durum destined for Europe. In total, 18 ocean vessels loaded wheat this season for destinations including Africa, Europe, Mexico and Brazil.

The shipping season actually started later than usual on Aug. 12 due to late ice conditions. Grain shipped through the port is drawn mostly from northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 30, 2009 B4

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