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Daily Grain Network Status – May 6, 2021 MAY 7 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 6, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels increased yesterday for the first time in three days returning above the 10,000 car threshold.

Yesterday’s increase reflects higher volumes for both CN and CP although more notably CP which saw loads on wheels increase some 12% yesterday.

Cars Not Moving

·  Idle car counts declined for the fourth straight day yesterday falling below 1,900 cars on a system basis.

· Yesterday’s decline reflects improvements by both CN and CP in nearly equal measure.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,084) changed little from the prior day with lower unloads reported for Prince Rupert and little change seen at Vancouver.

· Thunder Bay unloads declined yesterday once again falling short of the 300 car threshold

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.