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Daily Grain Network Status – September 16, 2021 SEP 17 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.

September 16, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

• Loads on wheels nudged up slightly yesterday returning above 8,200 cars on line.

• The increase reflects a notable bump up for CN while CP volumes declined.  Both railways continue to track more than 30% ahead of last week.

Cars Not Moving

• System idle car counts took a significant step down yesterday on the heels of a one day increase which had driven counts back up around 1,200 cars.

• The improvement yesterday is driven principally by CN which saw counts decline some 70%.

Port Unloads

• West coast unloads (976) declined somewhat from the very strong day the prior day but still were strong at nearly 1,000 cars yesterday.

• Thunder Bay unloads (303) had another good day yesterday surpassing the 300 car threshold and now tracking some 40% ahead of 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.