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Daily Grain Network Status – May 3, 2021 MAY 4 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 3, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels were unchanged yesterday on a system basis reflecting a decline on CN and an increase on CP in nearly equal measure.

· Early in week 40 system volumes are tracking 5% ahead of last week at this junction at 10,800 cars per day.

Cars Not Moving

· Idle car counts, after rising significantly on the weekend, took a step back yesterday with both CN and CP showing some improvement.

· Despite the improvement seen yesterday system counts remain materially higher than last week at more than 2,700 cars.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,007) fell back after a strong day on Sunday reflecting once again below average unloads at Vancouver and continued good unloads at Prince Rupert.

· Thunder Bay unloads pared back slightly yesterday reporting fewer than 250 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). All daily network status reports are available on the Pulse Canada website.