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Daily Grain Network Status – October 5, 2021 OCT 6 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.

October 5, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

• System loads on wheels declined yesterday falling below 9,400 cars.  It is noted that late data reporting re-states yesterday’s report to adjust loads on wheels to 9,972 cars.

• The decline yesterday saw lower volumes across the board.  Despite this average daily loads on wheels continue to outpace last week by 7% thus far this week.

Cars Not Moving

• System idle car counts saw improvement yesterday for the second straight day with counts falling below 1,700 cars.

• Both railways, although most notably CP, show improved counts yesterday.

Port Unloads

• West coast unloads (942)  rebounded yesterday on the strength of improved unloads reported at Vancouver.

• Thunder Bay (456) turned in a very strong day yesterday consistent with the high car counts within the terminal.

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.