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Daily Grain Network Status – March 22, 2021 MAR 23 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 22, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels were largely unchanged yesterday reflecting a slight decline for CN offset by an increase in cars on line for CP.

· Early in week 34, daily loads on wheels continue to track well below (-7%) last week at this stage driven by lower volumes for CN.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of idle cars declined yesterday returning below the 1,700 car threshold.

· Yesterday’s decline reflects higher counts for CN more than offset by a 36% reduction in CP counts

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (856) were below the 900 car threshold for the second consecutive day reflecting once again below average unloads at Vancouver.

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.