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Daily Grain Network Status – October 6, 2021 OCT 7 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 6, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

• System loads on wheels declined yesterday for the second straight day falling below 9,000 cars for the first time in more than a week.

• The decline yesterday once again saw lower volumes across the board with CN and CP volumes declining in nearly equal measure.

Cars Not Moving

• System idle car counts bounced in the wrong direction yesterday returning near 2,000 cars after the decline seen the prior day.

• The increase seen yesterday entirely reflects higher counts for CP while CN counts declined marginally.

Port Unloads

• West coast unloads (881) declined slightly yesterday reflecting slightly higher unloads at Vancouver offset by lower unloads at Prince Rupert.

• Thunder Bay (399) saw good unloads for the second straight day 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.