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Daily Grain Network Status – Feb. 21, 2021 FEB 22 2021 | 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.

February 21, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Consistent with the trend seen throughout the week, system volumes finished out the week 10% higher than the prior week, averaging nearly 11,500 cars per day, reflecting higher volumes for both railways.

· Loads on wheels increased yesterday for the 9th time in the last 11 days rising to more than 11,900 cars on line – the highest one day total seen in nearly three weeks.

Cars Not Moving

· System counts of idle cars declined yesterday for the 7th time in the last 8 days falling below 2,400 cars from a high of more than 6,000 cars ten days ago.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads rebounded slightly last week averaging 853 cars per day, reflecting slight improvements at both Vancouver and Prince Rupert.  Despite the improvement, this represents the second lowest level seen in the last eight weeks.

For more information, go to* 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). All daily network status reports are available on the Pulse Canada website