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Daily Grain Network Status – September 2, 2021 SEP 3 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 2, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

• System loads on wheels increased for the third straight day rising above 6,100 cars on line – the highest one day total in a month.

• Yesterday’s increase reflects higher volumes for both CN and CP although more significantly CP.

Cars Not Moving

• Idle car counts took a sharp upward turn yesterday with a significant increase seen on CP – system totals now back above 1,200 cars.

• Yesterday’s increase, which may prove to simply be a temporary spike, pushes this week’s daily average above last week.

Port Unloads

• West coast unloads (441) improved from the prior day and continue to track some 30% ahead of last week’s pace.

• Thunder Bay unloads (149) improved but remained below expectations given the available traffic on hand yesterday.

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.