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Daily Grain Network Status – Feb. 8, 2021 FEB 9 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 8, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels increased slightly yesterday reflecting higher volumes on CN with little change on CP.  Early in the week average daily loads on wheels continue to trail last week at this point by more than 11% (1,300 cars) at 10,500 cars per day.

Cars Not Moving

· System counts of cars not moving increased again yesterday for the 5th consecutive day with counts rising above 4,400 cars for CN and CP combined.

· The increase seen in recent days, while undoubtedly at least in part attributed to the cold weather, has driven counts to their highest level since mid January when the railways were digging out from Christmas and New Years backlogs.

Port Unloads

· Unloads improved yesterday but only slightly with improved unloads at Vancouver and lower unloads at Prince Rupert.

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