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Daily Grain Network Status – March 24, 2021 MAR 25 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 24, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined notably for the second consecutive day falling below the 10,000 car threshold for the first time since early February.

· The decline is once again led by CP which saw cars on line drop 11% yesterday and have now declined by more than 1,400 cars in the last 48 hours.

Cars Not Moving

· The system count of idle cars increased slightly yesterday for the first time in the last three days returning above the 1,400 car threshold.

· Yesterday’s increase reflects higher counts for CP offset by further declines on CN.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,046) declined 23% from the prior day reflecting lower unloads at both west coast ports, most notably Vancouver which fell short of 1,000 cars for the 3rd time in the last four days.

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.