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Daily Grain Network Status – May 11, 2021 MAY 12 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.

May 11, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· System loads on wheels declined yesterday for the fourth consecutive day reflecting lower volumes across the board and falling below 8,600 cars on line.

· The ongoing downward trend continues to be fueled by lower traffic volumes for both CN and CP with the latter accounting for much of the decline this week.

Cars Not Moving

· Idle car counts improved again yesterday falling below 1,400 cars reflecting lower counts across the board.

· CP accounted for much of yesterday’s improvement having now fallen below 1,000 cars for the first time in six weeks.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,265) improved slightly from the prior day reflecting principally improved unloads at Prince Rupert.

· Thunder Bay unloads (259) took a step back yesterday but continue to average just under 300 unloads per day this week.

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.