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Daily Grain Network Status – August 9, 2021 AUG 10 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.

August 9, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

• Loads on wheels continued their steady downward march yesterday declining by 13% (653 cars) to fall below 4,400 cars.

• Yesterday’s decline reflects notable declines for each of CN and CP.  Early in Week 2 loads on wheels are averaging 4,700 cars per day – nearly 30% lower than last week.

Cars Not Moving

• System idle car counts declined slightly yesterday returning below the 1,400 car threshold.

•  Yesterday’s decline is attributable to lower counts for CP while CN counts increased marginally.

Port Unloads

• West coast unloads (1,082) saw their best day since mid June.

• Thunder Bay unloads (120) rebounded somewhat after no unloads were reported on the weekend.

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.