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Daily Grain Network Status – April 20, 2021 APR 21 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.

April 20, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined slightly yesterday returning below the 11,000 car threshold reflecting principally a reduction in loads on wheels for CN.

· Nearing the mid point of week 38 loads on wheels are averaging 10,900 cars per day – 4% below last week at this junction.

Cars Not Moving

· Idle car counts declined for both railways yesterday falling below 2,100 cars on a system basis.

· Counts have now declined for two straight days on the heels of having risen to more than 3,100 cars on Sunday

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,202) improved from the prior day reflecting improved unloads at both west coast ports.

· Thunder Bay reported another fairly good day yesterday with 290 reported unloads.

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).