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Daily Grain Network Status – Oct. 6, 2020 OCT 7 2020 | Producers | Blog Post

(Regular updates will be available on the Alberta Pulse Growers website.)

Pulse Canada and the CSCA are partners of the Ag Transport Coalition (ATC)*, which tracks performance of the Canadian railway network for the movement of grain.

A new grain network status report has been created to provide stakeholders with comprehensive insight on the performance of the Canadian rail system for the 2020-2021 grain year.  The report provides information and data on the status of the rail network as of midnight the previous day.

The railway performance data reported in these reports reflect the performance of rail shipments specifically for grain shippers participating in the Ag Transport Coalition’s railway performance measurement program – estimated to encompass approximately 90-95% of western Canadian originated grain shipments by rail.

October 6, 2020: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined notably yesterday (-10%) following a comparable rise the prior day.  The decline seen yesterday reflects significant declines for both CN and CP.

· Three days into the current week average daily loads on wheels on a system basis are tracking at the same level they were at this point last week, at more than 12,000 cars per day.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of cars not moving increased yesterday reflecting higher counts for each of CN and CP.  Daily counts have seesawed back and forth this week, averaging 1,400 – 1,800 cars per day although thus far this week continue to average some 5% less than last week at this point.


Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,364) increased yesterday reflecting strong unloads at Vancouver offset by lower than average unloads at Prince Rupert.

All daily network status reports are available on the Pulse Canada website.

* The Ag Transportation Coalition is comprised of the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), Pulse Canada, Manitoba Pulse Growers Association (MPGA), Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Inland Terminal Association of Canada (ITAC) and the Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA).

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