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Daily Grain Network Status – July 22, 2021 JUL 26 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.

July 22, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

• System loads on wheels declined slightly yesterday as they remain range bound between 8,200 – 8,700 cars per day for the 11th consecutive day.

• Yesterday’s decline reflects lower volumes for CN driven by reductions in the Vancouver corridor.

Cars Not Moving

• Idle cars counts saw a slight improvement yesterday again reflecting lower counts for CN but system counts remain above 2,500 cars.

• While significant improvement has been made in this area over the last three weeks, after counts peaked above 4,400 cars, progress remains slow.

Port Unloads

• West coast unloads (889) saw their highest daily total in a month once again reflecting only unloads at Vancouver.

• Thunder Bay unloads (144) improved but remained lower than average yesterday as unloads at the Port continue to lag last week’s unloads performance by some 30%.

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.