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Daily Grain Network Status – March 2, 2021 MAR 3 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.

March 2, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined yesterday for the second straight day falling below 11,000 cars for the first time in more than two weeks.  The decline reflects lower volumes for both railways most notably CN.

· Nearing the midpoint of week 31 system volumes continue to track 7% lower than at this point last week reflecting lower week over week volumes for both CN and CP.

Cars Not Moving

· After increasing for 5 of the prior 6 days the system count of idle cars declined significantly yesterday falling by 32% or more than 1,000 cars reflecting reductions for all railways.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,080) declined nearly 30% from the prior day reflecting lower unloads at Vancouver and improved 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