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Daily Grain Network Status – June 22, 2021 JUN 23 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.

June 22, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

• Loads on wheels declined again yesterday for the second consecutive day and third time in the last four days but remain above the 7,000 car threshold.

• Approaching the mid point of week 47 loads on wheels are tracking marginally lower than last week at this point reflecting lower volumes for CN.

Cars Not Moving

• Idle car counts bumped up by nearly 20% yesterday reflecting higher counts for both railways.

• System counts have returned above the 1,700 car threshold and are currently tracking some 20% higher than last week.

Port Unloads

• West coast unloads (882) improved yesterday reflecting higher unloads reported at Vancouver offset by lower unloads at Prince Rupert.

• Thunder Bay unloads (250) also improved yesterday registering their best day in the last three.  Unloads week to date continue to lag last 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.