It's far easier to find a Fed and Provincially subsidized irrigated Wheat and Barley Boutique in AB than SK.
Without the wheat board, or even with a weakened wheat board, many short-line companies say they won't survive either.
"I think within days or months for sure you would see some short-lines in some financial trouble where they don't have any income coming in and you would see them go under fairly regularly the first year," said Lonny McKague, a director with Red Coat Road and Rail Ltd., a short-line railway in Saskatchewan's southwest.
Red Coat, like the 13 other short-line railways in the Prairies, primarily ships producer cars for farmers marketing to the wheat board. Farmers load the producer cars themselves, which are taken by the short-lines to major railways and shipped to port. That's where the wheat board unloads the grain and ships it overseas.
According to the Canadian Wheat Board, farmers loaded 12,784 producer cars in the 2010-11 farming season. Of those, the wheat board says 463 (about three per cent) were loaded with non-board grain.
McKague said he has already seen building and investment halt along the 115 kilometres of track operated by Red Coat Road and Rail over concern about the line's future.
I know farmers like my uncle are very uneasy and uncertain. He is one of a group of farmers involved in the Red Coat Road and Rail Ltd. short rail line. They are listed in this article on CBC:
Short-lines concerned about future - Saskatchewan - CBC News