Todd Naber: Prairie Sentinels

Todd Naber runs a wholesale grain distribution business in Melfort, Saskatchewan, a prairie town in Saskatchewan’s great North East. Naber Wholesale Grains buys and processes lentils, peas, canary seed, canola, flax seed and oat products. The company boasts an on-site, world-class processing facility.

As Todd Naber knows, grain has historically been kept in grain elevators as it awaits distribution to the marketplace. Vintage grain elevators still populate the west, including in Saskatchewan. While they vary in appearance, grain elevators typically have certain features in common. To understand the purpose and the form of grain elevators is to understand the grain economy which formed the basis of prairie settlement.

In order for a new settlement to thrive and be successful, there had to be efficiency in the production and marketing of grain to world markets. That meant establishing a system to assemble and store grain from farms, and move it forward to port position for shipment overseas. The earliest form of grain storage was the flat warehouses built alongside the rail line which received the grain. Bins would be located on each side of a central alley that gave access to loading and unloading the bins.

It took an entire day to load a box car with grain: this system was too slow and was very labor-intensive. Innovation came in the form of a vertical leg by which grain could be elevated and stored vertically. This led to the distinctive, high narrow shape common to grain elevators.

The elevator had its origins in Buffalo, New York. It was successful, and the design quickly spread across the great plains of North America and into the Canadian prairies, and gave birth to a name for these vertical wooden facilities: “Prairie Sentinels.”

Todd Naber: Saskatchewan Crops

Todd Naber is a wholesale grain dealer who lives and does business in Melfort, Saskatchewan. At Naber Specialty Grains, he buys lentils, peas, canary seed, canola, flax seed and oat products, and processes them at Naber Specialty Grain’s world-class processing facility in Melfort.

Agriculture is one of the key components of the Canadian economy, and in the rich and fertile soil of Saskatchewan, grain farms are abundant. Growing crops is the leading type of farming in Saskatchewan. Wheat is the most important crop. Saskatchewan is Canada’s most important grain-producing region and the largest producer of wheat in the country.

As Todd Naber knows, wheat farms in Saskatchewan produce hard red spring wheat. The wheat is planted in the spring and grows through the summer. By early autumn is has ripened, and then is harvested. Wheat farms tend to be very large.

Some of the other crops that are grown in Saskatchewan are cereal crops, like hard red, spring, and winter wheat, durum wheat, oats, barley, and rye; oilseed crops, like canola, flax, sunflower, and mustard; feed crops, such as feed grains, alfalfa, clover, and hay; and pulse crops like lentils, field peas, chickpeas, and beans.

Melfort, Saskatchewan is nestled in the heart of the province’s great North East. It has a population of fewer than six thousand people. Todd Naber is a member of the Melfort Chamber of Commerce, and is licensed and bonded by the Canadian Grain Commission. The Canadian Grain Commission is a Canadian government department responsible for regulation of the grain handling industry.

Todd Naber: Melfort’s Northern Lights

Todd Naber owns and operates Naber Specialty Grains, a wholesale grain dealer in Melfort, Saskatchewan. At Naber Specialty Grains, Todd Naber purchases lentils, peas, canary seed, canola, flax seed and oat products, and processes them at the company’s world-class processing facility in Melfort.

As Todd Naber is proud to say, Melfort is located in some of the richest and most productive farmland in the world. Saskatchewan is situated in the central prairie region of Canada, between Alberta to the west and Manitoba to the east. Its capital city is Regina, which is often referred to as “The Queen City.” The word “Saskatchewan” comes from a Cree word that means “swift flowing river,” which referred to the Saskatchewan River.

Melfort calls itself “The City of Northern Lights.” This is because it is far enough to the north to experience the natural wonder of the Aurora Borealis on a regular basis. The Aurora Borealis, or Nothern Lights, are a brilliant and colorful natural light display caused by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere.

Residents of Melfort, like Todd Naber, love their hometown. Todd Naber is proud to point out that with a population of just under six thousand, Melfort is a refuge from excessive crime, traffic tie-ups, stress, and all the other hassles of modern life in a big city. Melfort offers its citizens good health and education services. It has a variety of excellent parks and other facilities to enhance the leisure pursuits of the people who live there.

Todd Naber: Area 3

Todd Naber is the owner and operator of Naber Specialty Grains, a wholesale grain dealer located in Melfort, Saskatchewan. Naber Specialty Grains is licensed and bonded by the Canadian Grain Commission.

Todd Naber and Naber Specialty Grains buys and processes a variety of grains, including lentils, peas, canary seed, canola, flax seed and oat products. The cropland of Saskatchewan, where most of the grains Todd Naber buys are produced, is divided into four areas. Crop yields can vary from area to area. Melfort is situated in Area 3.

As Todd Naber knows, the production and export of natural resources and their refined products is the backbone of the Saskatchewan economy. About ninety-five percent of all goods produced in Saskatchewan depend directly on its basic resources, such as grains, livestock, oil and gas, potash, uranium and wood, and their refined products.

The trade of grain, as Todd Naber knows from his years of experience, is nearly as old as the cultivation of grain. It has been traced back as far as 9000 B.C. Since the Second World War, the trend in North America has been toward further consolidation of already vast farms.

Todd Naber is proud to say that he lives and works in the heart of some of the world’s most productive farmland. Naber Specialty Grains is a world-class processing facility. Todd Naber is a member of the Melfort Chamber of Commerce, and is licensed and bonded by the Canadian Grain Commission. The Canadian Grain Commission is a Canadian government department responsible for regulation of the grain handling industry.