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Daily Grain Network Status – May 26, 2021 MAY 27 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 26, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

• Loads on wheels declined yesterday reflecting lower volumes for both railways.  Loads on wheels remain below 7,000 cars on a system basis for the 4th straight day.

• Averaging 6,700 cars per day this week, system volumes continue to lag last week’s levels by nearly 10%.

Cars Not Moving

• The system counts of idle cars ticked down slightly yesterday reflecting an improvement for CP and some deterioration for CN.

• At the midpoint of week 43, idle car counts have fallen below 1,300 cars and are tracking at last week’s levels

Port Unloads

• West coast unloads (669) once again reflect only unloads at Vancouver with no unloads reported at Prince Rupert for the 10th straight day.

• Thunder Bay unloads (361) saw another good day – above the 300 car threshold for the 3rd straight day.

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.