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Daily Grain Network Status – July 29, 2021 JUL 30 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 29, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

• System loads on wheels increased slightly for the second straight day yesterday pushing above the 8,100 car mark.

• Yesterday’s increase reflects a notable decline on CN offset by a significant increase for CP.

Cars Not Moving

• On the heels of two strong days of declines, system idle car counts increased slightly yesterday but remain below 1,400 cars.

• CP drove the higher numbers yesterday while CN numbers declined marginally.

Port Unloads

• West coast unloads (656) fell back slightly yesterday but continue to outpace last week at this stage averaging more than 775 cars unloaded per day.

• Thunder Bay unloads returned above the 300 car mark yesterday and while only averaging 220 cars per day this week, are 25% ahead of last week’s pace.

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.