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Daily Grain Network Status – April 21, 2021 APR 22 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 21, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels declined yesterday reflecting lower volumes on CN while CP volumes increased marginally.

· Heading into the back half of week 38 loads on wheel continue to track some 5% lower than at this point last week averaging 10,900 cars per day.

Cars Not Moving

· Idle car counts increased on a system basis yesterday for the first time in three days returning above 2,300 cars.

· The increase seem yesterday reflects higher counts for both CN and CP with counts on CP remaining some 2.5 x higher than on CN.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,155) declined slightly yesterday reflecting slightly lower unloads at Vancouver and slightly higher unloads at Prince Rupert.

· Thunder Bay reported another strong day of unloads (350).

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.